Pakistan news September 11, 2012

Miandad to join Pakistan squad as consultant

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • shahid 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.

  • Dummy4 on September 13, 2012, 14:07 GMT

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

  • Syed 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.

  • Anirban 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.

  • Cool 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 !!

  • Azim 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. 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

  • Hira 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.

  • Hira 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

  • Muhammad Abbas 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.........

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