Pakistan news September 11, 2012

Miandad to join Pakistan squad as consultant

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Javed Miandad, the PCB director general, will join the Pakistan team as a batting consultant for a short period before the start of the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, a PCB spokesman confirmed to ESPNcricinfo. "He has been given a special task to join the squad in Sri Lanka to tune-up the batsman," the spokesman said. "This is an additional task for him and not for the entire tournament."

Miandad is expected to leave for Sri Lanka within a week and will spend time with the batsmen, helping them fine-tune their batting ahead of the event. Pakistan is scheduled to play two warm-up matches - against India and England - during this period.

"I have been asked to go to Sri Lanka and have sessions with the players ahead of the event," Miandad was quoted by PTI. "I don't think you can coach any player or change his batting technique during the ongoing series or any tournament. I will not be there for the entire tournament and my main priority is to tune-up the boys."

"My main priority is to have pep talks with the players, to raise their spirits and confidence, and work with the batsmen in the nets, advise them on batting issues, keeping in mind the requirements of the World Cup and conditions in Sri Lanka."

However, Miandad said that he would not be part of the team management that includes head coach Dav Whatmore, fielding coach Julien Fountain and bowling coach Mohammad Akram. "I am not going there as a batting coach," he said.

Miandad has been engaged with the team during the camps but never agreed to travel with the team, instead eyeing a more extensive role in cricket administration. Recently, he was handed the responsibility of supervising Pakistan's domestic and international cricket operations.

Since then, he has been accompanying the national team, the Under-19 team and the Women's team during the conditioning camps, but never accepted a permanent coaching role. His third and last stint as Pakistan coach ended in 2004 after a home series loss to India.

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  • Zahidsaltin on September 13, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    Pakistan should open with Razzaq and Nasir Jamshed. Drop Imran Nazir and bring in Asad Shafiq. Batting line must be mixed so that there is always a big hitter among the two on crease. SPIN WILL NOT WORK in SL as we have seen it earlier. Iqbal Qasim did a big mistake in selecting Yaser Arfat and Sami. He should have selected Wahab Riaz who is a decent bat too.

  • on September 13, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    i cant understand what happens to imran nazir when he bat in international cric matches..

  • syed.r.karim on September 13, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    @Zaid_sl - You are absolutely right , Imran Nazir is a gifted player, He can't pay against good bowling attack , Pakistan already have Hafiz, Kamran Akmal and Nasir Jamshed in their team, who can open the innings. Ahamed Shezad or Hamad Azam could have been a better selection because both can bat high up the order, anyway Nazir's recent BPL performance give him a chance. And Very bad luck for young Umar Akmal , every day he lost the wicket playing a good short. He should be given more responsibility.

  • Anirjgd on September 12, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    I have lost count of teh number of time mr Miandad would be the batting coach/consultant for pakistan.

  • coolitbaby on September 12, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    @HEARTOUT That happened because Indian team was quit weak in 90's and Sachin was the only one holding fort. Even though he is god, he is just a human !!

  • Zaid_sl on September 12, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    What ever but foe gods sake pls do not open with imran nazir,he doesn't have that talent in him to score against good quality bowlers n the same is with hafeez. Openers should be k.akmal n nasir jamshed. K.akmal.is good when he starts playing with vertical bat n look to play straight. Batsmen surely needs to make use of their feet. Drop imran nazir n bring Asad shafiq,who along with hafeez can strengthen the middle order

  • Hira1 on September 12, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    for those who are supporting Miandad on the basis that he will improve techniques of the batsman....I want to say that in 7 days no coach no matter how good he is can correct / improvise the technique yet alone bringing in new ideas will confuse the batsman, secondly this Pakistan team except for two/three batsman are not young, so if these senior player lack technique at this stage in their career so surely they don't deserve to be included in the side.

  • Hira1 on September 12, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    @Saleh Zaidi I agree completely, shocking for me as well,l Miandad as batting consultant and that too in T20 and at this moment in time is useless...inclusion of any one at this stage and that too a guy like Miandad is dangerous to the team as he is so rigid in his approach. I am sure he is going to ask all the players to keep wickets till 15th over and slog in the last 5 over...God help Pakistan cricket!

  • haseeb on September 12, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    not a good move by PCB ..u are just going to confuse them ..pakistan need a proper batting coach with head coach Dav whatmore ..but sending him few days is not going to help and secondly if just wants to talk to players he could have done here in pakistan before the departure ... i just think tat move is only to tell whatmore u cant control things ur way :) its just to impose Authority

  • HEARTOUT on September 12, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    Piyo thanda jio thands I totally aggree with you but miandad have won more matches on his own which Sachin made india loss just to make his century.........................Its well known fact and Ravi Shastry always mentioned in his commentary that whenever Sachin made century India lost the match..lollzzz regarding greatness I recon Dravid more then Sachin his immense concentration till the end of his career and once he start getting bowled in Australia he called at a day at once.......this is mere greatness of a player.........

  • Zahidsaltin on September 13, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    Pakistan should open with Razzaq and Nasir Jamshed. Drop Imran Nazir and bring in Asad Shafiq. Batting line must be mixed so that there is always a big hitter among the two on crease. SPIN WILL NOT WORK in SL as we have seen it earlier. Iqbal Qasim did a big mistake in selecting Yaser Arfat and Sami. He should have selected Wahab Riaz who is a decent bat too.

  • on September 13, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    i cant understand what happens to imran nazir when he bat in international cric matches..

  • syed.r.karim on September 13, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    @Zaid_sl - You are absolutely right , Imran Nazir is a gifted player, He can't pay against good bowling attack , Pakistan already have Hafiz, Kamran Akmal and Nasir Jamshed in their team, who can open the innings. Ahamed Shezad or Hamad Azam could have been a better selection because both can bat high up the order, anyway Nazir's recent BPL performance give him a chance. And Very bad luck for young Umar Akmal , every day he lost the wicket playing a good short. He should be given more responsibility.

  • Anirjgd on September 12, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    I have lost count of teh number of time mr Miandad would be the batting coach/consultant for pakistan.

  • coolitbaby on September 12, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    @HEARTOUT That happened because Indian team was quit weak in 90's and Sachin was the only one holding fort. Even though he is god, he is just a human !!

  • Zaid_sl on September 12, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    What ever but foe gods sake pls do not open with imran nazir,he doesn't have that talent in him to score against good quality bowlers n the same is with hafeez. Openers should be k.akmal n nasir jamshed. K.akmal.is good when he starts playing with vertical bat n look to play straight. Batsmen surely needs to make use of their feet. Drop imran nazir n bring Asad shafiq,who along with hafeez can strengthen the middle order

  • Hira1 on September 12, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    for those who are supporting Miandad on the basis that he will improve techniques of the batsman....I want to say that in 7 days no coach no matter how good he is can correct / improvise the technique yet alone bringing in new ideas will confuse the batsman, secondly this Pakistan team except for two/three batsman are not young, so if these senior player lack technique at this stage in their career so surely they don't deserve to be included in the side.

  • Hira1 on September 12, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    @Saleh Zaidi I agree completely, shocking for me as well,l Miandad as batting consultant and that too in T20 and at this moment in time is useless...inclusion of any one at this stage and that too a guy like Miandad is dangerous to the team as he is so rigid in his approach. I am sure he is going to ask all the players to keep wickets till 15th over and slog in the last 5 over...God help Pakistan cricket!

  • haseeb on September 12, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    not a good move by PCB ..u are just going to confuse them ..pakistan need a proper batting coach with head coach Dav whatmore ..but sending him few days is not going to help and secondly if just wants to talk to players he could have done here in pakistan before the departure ... i just think tat move is only to tell whatmore u cant control things ur way :) its just to impose Authority

  • HEARTOUT on September 12, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    Piyo thanda jio thands I totally aggree with you but miandad have won more matches on his own which Sachin made india loss just to make his century.........................Its well known fact and Ravi Shastry always mentioned in his commentary that whenever Sachin made century India lost the match..lollzzz regarding greatness I recon Dravid more then Sachin his immense concentration till the end of his career and once he start getting bowled in Australia he called at a day at once.......this is mere greatness of a player.........

  • WickyRoy.paklover on September 12, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    @jiyo thanda_piyo thanda,u mean 100000 indian fans turnd up to watch sachin,lolz.whats big in it?UR COMMENT ALWAYS PROVOKS A GD AMOUNT OF LAUGHTR SO CARY ON,MAN.WHAT ABOUT GAVASKR,S SNAIL Pace of batng?HE WAS ONE OF WORST ODI BATSMAN OF HIS ERA(ONE OF BEST IN TESTS THOUGH)

  • on September 12, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    Oh my god..people need to move on in life. Miandad may have been a great batsman but I dont understand this fixation the PCB and the media has in hiring former players as coaches/consultants. Its a self-destructive exercise in narcissism. Being a good player doesnt imply you will be a good coach/mentor etc. He is a failed captain, a failed coach in the past, and for all intents and purposes, his stats may have been good back in the day, but they PALE in comparison to how some of the batsmen have developed in the last 15 yrs since he retired. Cricket has changed - and for the better. We need to stop assuming great players make great coaches. Hire professionals and look the rest of the world as an example. Baseball/basketball/football teams in the West don't always hire "great" former players to coach their teams. They hire the man who can extract the best from the players - not someone who can teach them how to do the reverse paddle sweep. We need psychologists to coach our cricketers.

  • on September 12, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    i think its a good idea however i think Imran Nazir, Umar Akmal and Kamran Akmal needs to show their bat I mean we have not seen a good run chasing winning knocks by these guys for quite sometime. They are trying to play street cricket, its 1st class level cricket they have to play firm strokes rather then flukes else Pak team will find themselves losing and getting out under 100 runs..

  • getsetgopk on September 12, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    Miandad the legendary! His mere presence around the team is enough for opposition bowlers to loose their line and length. Pak batsmen will not do justice to themselves if they cant learn anything from this Legend of Bat!

  • Analyse23 on September 12, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    Pakistan require a permanent batting consultant in all formats of the game, the spinners are doing excellent and the fast bowlers are developing. All the top teams like india, england and australia have got match winning batsman, pakistan need to produce quality and match winning batsman like miandad and inzamam, currently there are no such batman in the side. Im sorry to say younis and misbah need to be dropped especially in the odi's, they are too old especially misbah is letting the middle order down by his slow and sluggish batting, pakistan need middle order batsman such as; hussey brothers, yuvraj, kohli, dhoni, peiterson, morgan and jaywardena. We cannot always depend on afridi and razzaq, they are coming to the end of their careers, razzaq needs to b promoted to 5 or 6 and afridi's batting is letting the team down, he is playing for himself rather for the team by always trying to hit for 6! Its time for pakistan to invest in youngsters like asad shafiq and hammad azam... Pk786

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on September 11, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover - 100000 people turned up at lord's to watch sachin bat last summer and get his century. your imran khan, miadad dudes etc can't even dream of having that kind of audience in neutral countries to turn up to watch them play. try to talk some sense for a change. your "legends" are only world famous in pakistan. LOL.

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on September 11, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    @ Shakoor Jilani -- Before acting so smart you should also tell us how he manipulated the team and players to boost his records. he was known as an accumulator of runs. score slowly at convenient pace, at a convenient batting position and not worry about run rate especially in one dayers, that's why he got into controversies with his teammates and captains all the time. and you saw that in his last world cup also (1996 I think) - he was turning 2s into 1s and getting teammates run out. what are your thoughts on these? no wonder nobody in the pak team wanted to have him when he was appointed as coach.

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 11, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    I think Miandad would have been a good T20 player.

  • Electric_L0ser_Wacko on September 11, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    Coming from an Indian Fan - A good ploy by PCB - but will the current players listen/execute Mr.Miandad's advice - i doubt that very much - its the temperament that has been lacking not so much the technique - T20 is more about temperament than technique anyway. But there is one thing i am sure that Javid Bhai may bring - that's a sense of pride and gritty attitude which he had during his playing days .. Nothing but Respect for Mr. Miandad!!!

  • zaids on September 11, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    1.IMRAN NAZEER,2.NASEER JAMSHED.3.ABDUL RAZZAQ.4.ASAD SHAFEEQ.5.MOHAMMED HAFEEZ.6.UMAR AKMAL.7.KAMRAN AKMAL.8.SHAHID AFRIDI.9.SOHAIL TANVEER.10.UMAR GUL.11.SAEED AJMAL.............GOOD TEAM AND GOOD BATTING ORDER...AISA HAI TO THEY CAN WIN WORLD CUP FOR SURE inshaallah...................

  • shadowman27 on September 11, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    gr8 move by pcb, this will surely help our players improving their techniques

  • on September 11, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    I hope this will help Pakistan cricket team in positive way. Best of luck Pakistan cricket team and supporting staff. Being a cricket fan I want to see good cricket from all the teams participating in T20 world cup.

  • mwaseems on September 11, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    @ piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda - I am not sure if you have checked stats for Miandad in England, WI (on their prime), and other countries before posting your comments regarding playing under pressure.

  • on September 11, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda, you should look at the stats before opening your mouth. Javed's average is 50+, has a load of centuries and his foreign record in Australia and England speaks volumes. He was known for tenacity and putting an extremely high premium on his wicket. He is the true little master in my humble opinion.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on September 11, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Miadad could give some good tips to like umer akmal and afridi. Pakistan selection is an issue. guys like arfat should not be given chances again. he is just a club level player. raza hassan is early to expose to big games. Pakistan should go with this team in world cup. (1) Kamran Akmal (2) Nasir Jamshed (3) Hafeez (4) Asad Shafeeq (5) Malik (6) umer Akmal (7) Afridi (8) Razzaq (9) Sohail Tanvir (10) Gul (11)Ajmal. you got three big hitters on start of innings. two middle order guys who plays spin well to take on innings and than three aggressive finishers. You got three quality spinners in the side and one malik part timer. you got two very good seamers and one part timer razzaq. this is well balanced side to go.

  • kc69 on September 11, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    I frankly dont believe this will change Pakistan batting lineup anyway.Because in T20 cricket technique matters very little and moreover being a good batsman is different than being a good coach.Don't understand what Dave Whatmore is trying here because Mohammed Akram as bowling coach has definitely helped Pak spinners but will destroy future of Pakistan Pace bowling.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on September 11, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    A legend in his own right,one of all time best,he was some light years ahead of flat track bulies i.e laxman,ganguly,yuvi,sehwag,clas slightly leser than sachin(bt nt vry far),long live the legend! ..... Imran nazir's technique n afrid plus razaq's mind set z flawd bt its stil a vry short tenure,we must nt expect day night change,he should b usd to mentor youngr batsmen though.

  • on September 11, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Miandad as much as I respect you I think it will be a waste of time and money. Not your fault the selection has been wrong. We needed Misbah as Captain to hold the middle order and Junaid and Zia. No place for Shoaib. All the best anyway.

  • Nadeem1976 on September 11, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Great news for pakistani batting line up. especially for afridi, afridi always bat well under miandad. i hope afridi clicks again because we need him badly to come back to form.

  • Pakistanrox101 on September 11, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    You have the Midas touch, Javed Bhai. You rock! Even after all these years, Javed Bhai, you still give us goosebumps.

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on September 11, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    This guy had such poor temperament and could never play under pressure. And he mostly only played well on dust bowl flat pitches and in favorable conditions. Just wonder what this one trick pony will teach the current pak batsmen.

  • on September 11, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    Why not send him out to bat? I am sure he will do better than most of the lot that we now have masquerading as batsmen.

  • on September 11, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Muhammad Akram (bowling coach), Julian Fountain (fielding coach) and now we have the batting coach as well.... I just wonder what a certain Mr Whatmore is doing furthermore with the Pakistan cricket team... I still wonder ..

  • chocoali on September 11, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Good Move from pakistan, but i dont think this can effect there batting collaps as recent days we have seen so many times all batsman were out by playing an ordinary shoots there is no techiniq issue in Batsmen there is a temperament issue in all of them. May Sir Miandad do something good for them

  • doosra_inventer on September 11, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Great News for Batting side...he mite help imran nazir to teach him not to play cross shots to bowls which pitched in middle.

  • Dannymania on September 11, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    good news.Sir miandad is our hero.our team could always learn from his experties as he is one of the best that pakistan has ever produced.i hope he can teach the pakistani batsmen some technique.but i doubt that imran nazir will learn anything.hafeez is good as he is.nasir jamshed is good too.shoaib malik cannot learn either.razzaq is fine.afridi cannot learn.kamran and umar akmal might be the best students.umar akmal needs a coach like miandad to be taught how to bat.he is such a talented player who's just wasting his talents due to bad temperament.so the biggest challenges for miandad are imran nazir,afridi,shoaib malik and may be a little bit of hafeez too.asad shafiq and azhar ali could've learned a lot but they wont be there to learn,such a shame.hats off sir miandad.

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  • Dannymania on September 11, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    good news.Sir miandad is our hero.our team could always learn from his experties as he is one of the best that pakistan has ever produced.i hope he can teach the pakistani batsmen some technique.but i doubt that imran nazir will learn anything.hafeez is good as he is.nasir jamshed is good too.shoaib malik cannot learn either.razzaq is fine.afridi cannot learn.kamran and umar akmal might be the best students.umar akmal needs a coach like miandad to be taught how to bat.he is such a talented player who's just wasting his talents due to bad temperament.so the biggest challenges for miandad are imran nazir,afridi,shoaib malik and may be a little bit of hafeez too.asad shafiq and azhar ali could've learned a lot but they wont be there to learn,such a shame.hats off sir miandad.

  • doosra_inventer on September 11, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Great News for Batting side...he mite help imran nazir to teach him not to play cross shots to bowls which pitched in middle.

  • chocoali on September 11, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Good Move from pakistan, but i dont think this can effect there batting collaps as recent days we have seen so many times all batsman were out by playing an ordinary shoots there is no techiniq issue in Batsmen there is a temperament issue in all of them. May Sir Miandad do something good for them

  • on September 11, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Muhammad Akram (bowling coach), Julian Fountain (fielding coach) and now we have the batting coach as well.... I just wonder what a certain Mr Whatmore is doing furthermore with the Pakistan cricket team... I still wonder ..

  • on September 11, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    Why not send him out to bat? I am sure he will do better than most of the lot that we now have masquerading as batsmen.

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on September 11, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    This guy had such poor temperament and could never play under pressure. And he mostly only played well on dust bowl flat pitches and in favorable conditions. Just wonder what this one trick pony will teach the current pak batsmen.

  • Pakistanrox101 on September 11, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    You have the Midas touch, Javed Bhai. You rock! Even after all these years, Javed Bhai, you still give us goosebumps.

  • Nadeem1976 on September 11, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Great news for pakistani batting line up. especially for afridi, afridi always bat well under miandad. i hope afridi clicks again because we need him badly to come back to form.

  • on September 11, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Miandad as much as I respect you I think it will be a waste of time and money. Not your fault the selection has been wrong. We needed Misbah as Captain to hold the middle order and Junaid and Zia. No place for Shoaib. All the best anyway.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on September 11, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    A legend in his own right,one of all time best,he was some light years ahead of flat track bulies i.e laxman,ganguly,yuvi,sehwag,clas slightly leser than sachin(bt nt vry far),long live the legend! ..... Imran nazir's technique n afrid plus razaq's mind set z flawd bt its stil a vry short tenure,we must nt expect day night change,he should b usd to mentor youngr batsmen though.