Pakistan news December 13, 2012

Inzamam made Pakistan batting consultant


Pakistan have roped in former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq as batting consultant, and also appointed a psychologist, to prepare for the India tour. Inzamam work with the batsmen on a series-by-series basis as the PCB has, for now, shelved the idea appointing a full-time batting coach.

"We have engaged the services of Inzamam ahead of the India tour," Ashraf told reporters in Muridke, a town near Lahore. "He won't travel to India with the team but will help the batsmen in the camp as batting consultant. He will part of the touring unit that goes next year to South Africa.

"Psychologist Maqbool Babri has also been signed up to help motivate the players for the challenging [India] tour."

The PCB had originally planned to recruit a specialist coaching panel with separate people taking charge of batting, bowling and fielding, but then appointed head coach Dav Whatmore with the additional responsibilities of batting coach.

Then, after a detailed review of Pakistan's performance at the World Twenty20, where the team reached the semi-final only to lose to Sri Lanka by 16 runs while chasing a target of 140, the idea of a separate full-time batting coach once again took root. However, the PCB got a lukewarm response and now they've settled on a series-by-series consultant.

In response to the PCB advert, several former Pakistan Test batsmen, including Zaheer Abbas and Saleem Malik, had applied for the role but the PCB was looking to hire a qualified coach - candidates with at least Level 3 coaching accreditation and at least five years' experience working with top cricketers were requirements.

India and Pakistan will revive their cricketing ties after five years with a series of two Twenty20s and three one-day internationals, starting on December 25 in Bangalore. The two Pakistan squads have assembled at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, for a week-long training camp before flying to India on December 22.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Pleasure on December 16, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Inzi should travel with the team as his figure & stature can bring stability in the dug out. Ciao...

  • Dummy4 on December 16, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    Inzi is a good choice he should train players to handle pressure like he used to do very often

  • Dummy4 on December 15, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    It shows that Dav has not been upto the task when it comes to his role of batting coach (he was appointed for two roles), and recent results have been unfavourable too. This is obviously a great change given the current situation, and INZI's great experience (having played more matches than even Miandad). Lets hope youngsters learn from the big man, who would be speaking in the local language

  • harish on December 15, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    nice to see Inzy back, now that I reflect how much I hated him when he's batting, I realized how big figure he is...PS:- from an Indian

  • Dummy4 on December 15, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Inzi is a very natural player just like saeed anwar I dont think they can teach their styles its just like their eye hand coordination is too good but we can't ignore their services for Pakistan. Moreover, editor had written "candidates with at least Level 3 coaching accreditation" I doubt Inzamam had taken any level 3 coaching program.

  • Jawwad on December 15, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    I just hope and pray he does not take the team to Okara for the practice with Mohd. Yousaf leading the procession. Other than that, he can instill what's lacking in the batsmen, Confidence!

  • Dummy4 on December 15, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Inzi bhai plsss give more times for n.jamsid n u.akmal

  • James on December 15, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    He can give them wisdom, and experience and confidence. Though not much in terms of technique as most of his was inherent and instinctive. Technique wise- Yousuf or Younis khan (or Miandad if he could be interested) could have been better choices. But Inzamam is someone whom all the batsmen in the team would respect and listen to- which is a rare thing in Pak cricket.

  • Junaid on December 15, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    great decision, as most of the players respect him, he will just fit in and the youngster will also learn a lot. may Allah make this a blessing decision for team Pakistan. ameen.

  • Dummy4 on December 15, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    Great news!!!!!! The greatest match winner nominated the batting consultant. Can't get much better. The best decision that PCB has ever made

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