Pakistan news April 12, 2013

Grant Flower in the mix for Pakistan batting coach

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Pakistan are considering Grant Flower for the position of batting coach. While Flower is currently fulfilling a similar role with the Zimbabwe team, ESPNcricinfo understands that he is out of contract in August and Zimbabwe Cricket are prevaricating over a new deal.

ESPNcricinfo has learned that Flower is in the frame for the role, but he is still just one of a few candidates; the PCB might look to fill the position some time before Flower becomes available in August.

In response to the PCB advert last year several former Pakistan Test batsmen, including Zaheer Abbas and Saleem Malik, applied for the role but the PCB was looking to hire a candidate with at least Level 3 coaching accreditation and a minimum of five years' experience working with top cricketers.

Flower, 42, the younger brother of England coach, Andy, has been Zimbabwe batting coach since October 2010. He applied for the head coach position but lost out to Andy Waller. Flower previously played 67 Tests and 221 ODIs for Zimbabwe.

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  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | April 16, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    He cannot do anything with this batting lineup.

  • POSTED BY Anti_ZCFOutkast on | April 13, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Another cricketing icon Zimbabwe can ill-afford to lose.

  • POSTED BY ozone8237 on | April 13, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    C'OMON Guys!! Do you all really think that PCB wants to hire a foreign coach, especially one who is not among the greatest batsmen cricket has ever produced, based on track record or great coaching experience? Not at all. Pakistan needs an International team other than Afghanistan or any minnow cricketing nation to play a series in Pakistan; whether its a T20, ODI or Test Pakistan has to show that it is safe for the other teams to Visit Pakistan and I believe the PCB is in talks with the Zimbabwe Cricket board to send their team to Pakistan and having a Pakistani coach who belongs from their own country will make the team less hesitant and the board can send the team to Pakistan that might open a window for Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and other reluctant cricketing nations. Everyone knows Pakistan itself has great batsmen to coach the team but this is not the issue here. The main hurdle is how to pave the way to have Cricket being played in Pakistan and seems like PCB is on the right track

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | April 13, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    I reckon all these coaching moves are geared toward removing some of the security concerns the big guns keep harping about. C'mon guys, give the think tankers at pcb a break.

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Another Non sense decision by PCB this is just waste of money......nothing else....even younus khan is much better than flower as a coach

  • POSTED BY Zee_1203 on | April 13, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    If PCB want Coach, it should be for under 19 where they can teach the technique to youngster. Player like Misbah, Younus, S Malik, Afridi, K Akmal are loosing the sight from the ball because of age. Natural talent can not be changed after certain point, example Umar Akmal, we wasted him.

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    We can talk and talk but PCB isn't going to read our comments. Let me make one point if you have talent you don't need coach. Can anyone tell me who was the coach when saeed, amir, inzi, yousuf, ijaz, miandad wasim Waqar shoaib aqib and Imran use to play? We hardly know. Now we looking for coach because players got no talent at all. You need coach to make you work hard and keep you fit. Coach can't teach you how to become like inzi or yousuf it's natural and gifted talent. We don't hv single player who can score 100. If there is a talet he doesn't get chance player like Nasir, Ahmed, azam, haris many more. We can talk n talk but no one is going to listen. I will say juz chill out n hope for the best. Wasim won't coach team coz they can't afford him coz its all abt money now days. Inzi n yousuf bussy vid da'wah. We love Pakistan n will always follow them. Oneday team 1 Nasir 2 shahzad 3 hafeez (c) 4 asad or haris 5 umar akmal(w) 6 azam 7 hasan raza 8 jonaid 9 ajmal 10 irfan 11 Gul.

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Guys, I would like to say few things here after reading all the comments: 1. Dont underestimate anybody. 2. Auqib Javed completed his tenure with PCB as a bowling coach but did not wish to extent as he got better salaried coaching job in UAE (half knowledge is always dangerous). 3.Pakistan has produces number of batting and bowling legends but still PCB prefers foreign coaches (No idea y?) 4. Inzi is the best choice for batting coach as he is technically sound, he has lots and lots of patience, he has ability to absorb the pressure and above all he is very much aware of today's aggressive cricket. Moreover he had offered but no idea wat hapnd. 5. PCB can assign Wasim Akram as a full time bowling coach. 6. Last but not least PCB has to assign a better foreign fielding coach without choice.

    Moral of the story is nobody wants to bow in front of each other i.e PCB and Pak legends. Guys come on wake up this is for the sake of country, not for the personal gains. Wake Up...

  • POSTED BY TMuhammad on | April 13, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    oh I missed Shoaib Malik's name from the list of old horses By the way both Waqar Younus and Mohsin Khan were doing wonders for Pakistan. I agree no matter what grade they pass guys like M. Akram can do any wonders as their approach is not correct. Just immagine in this modern day one saying that Cricket is won in the ground and not on laptop? just amazing and all the time bowling shaort balls

  • POSTED BY TMuhammad on | April 13, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    I fail to understand as why PCB is constantly insisting to bank on the old and tried horses like Umar Ukmal, Kamran Akmal, Sohail Tanvir, Hammad Azam. Believe me no matter how hard you work these guys are not going to give you anything. Why are they not trying to couch and work on Youngsters like Anwar Ali, Ehsan Adil, Haris Sohail, Raza Hasan, Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, Babar (leg Spiner though he 33 but still is taking lots of wickets), Ahmed Shehzad? I am sure if given chance with good couch they can prove themselves. look at their stats at the domestic level, they are doing wonders.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | April 16, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    He cannot do anything with this batting lineup.

  • POSTED BY Anti_ZCFOutkast on | April 13, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Another cricketing icon Zimbabwe can ill-afford to lose.

  • POSTED BY ozone8237 on | April 13, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    C'OMON Guys!! Do you all really think that PCB wants to hire a foreign coach, especially one who is not among the greatest batsmen cricket has ever produced, based on track record or great coaching experience? Not at all. Pakistan needs an International team other than Afghanistan or any minnow cricketing nation to play a series in Pakistan; whether its a T20, ODI or Test Pakistan has to show that it is safe for the other teams to Visit Pakistan and I believe the PCB is in talks with the Zimbabwe Cricket board to send their team to Pakistan and having a Pakistani coach who belongs from their own country will make the team less hesitant and the board can send the team to Pakistan that might open a window for Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and other reluctant cricketing nations. Everyone knows Pakistan itself has great batsmen to coach the team but this is not the issue here. The main hurdle is how to pave the way to have Cricket being played in Pakistan and seems like PCB is on the right track

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | April 13, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    I reckon all these coaching moves are geared toward removing some of the security concerns the big guns keep harping about. C'mon guys, give the think tankers at pcb a break.

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Another Non sense decision by PCB this is just waste of money......nothing else....even younus khan is much better than flower as a coach

  • POSTED BY Zee_1203 on | April 13, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    If PCB want Coach, it should be for under 19 where they can teach the technique to youngster. Player like Misbah, Younus, S Malik, Afridi, K Akmal are loosing the sight from the ball because of age. Natural talent can not be changed after certain point, example Umar Akmal, we wasted him.

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    We can talk and talk but PCB isn't going to read our comments. Let me make one point if you have talent you don't need coach. Can anyone tell me who was the coach when saeed, amir, inzi, yousuf, ijaz, miandad wasim Waqar shoaib aqib and Imran use to play? We hardly know. Now we looking for coach because players got no talent at all. You need coach to make you work hard and keep you fit. Coach can't teach you how to become like inzi or yousuf it's natural and gifted talent. We don't hv single player who can score 100. If there is a talet he doesn't get chance player like Nasir, Ahmed, azam, haris many more. We can talk n talk but no one is going to listen. I will say juz chill out n hope for the best. Wasim won't coach team coz they can't afford him coz its all abt money now days. Inzi n yousuf bussy vid da'wah. We love Pakistan n will always follow them. Oneday team 1 Nasir 2 shahzad 3 hafeez (c) 4 asad or haris 5 umar akmal(w) 6 azam 7 hasan raza 8 jonaid 9 ajmal 10 irfan 11 Gul.

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Guys, I would like to say few things here after reading all the comments: 1. Dont underestimate anybody. 2. Auqib Javed completed his tenure with PCB as a bowling coach but did not wish to extent as he got better salaried coaching job in UAE (half knowledge is always dangerous). 3.Pakistan has produces number of batting and bowling legends but still PCB prefers foreign coaches (No idea y?) 4. Inzi is the best choice for batting coach as he is technically sound, he has lots and lots of patience, he has ability to absorb the pressure and above all he is very much aware of today's aggressive cricket. Moreover he had offered but no idea wat hapnd. 5. PCB can assign Wasim Akram as a full time bowling coach. 6. Last but not least PCB has to assign a better foreign fielding coach without choice.

    Moral of the story is nobody wants to bow in front of each other i.e PCB and Pak legends. Guys come on wake up this is for the sake of country, not for the personal gains. Wake Up...

  • POSTED BY TMuhammad on | April 13, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    oh I missed Shoaib Malik's name from the list of old horses By the way both Waqar Younus and Mohsin Khan were doing wonders for Pakistan. I agree no matter what grade they pass guys like M. Akram can do any wonders as their approach is not correct. Just immagine in this modern day one saying that Cricket is won in the ground and not on laptop? just amazing and all the time bowling shaort balls

  • POSTED BY TMuhammad on | April 13, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    I fail to understand as why PCB is constantly insisting to bank on the old and tried horses like Umar Ukmal, Kamran Akmal, Sohail Tanvir, Hammad Azam. Believe me no matter how hard you work these guys are not going to give you anything. Why are they not trying to couch and work on Youngsters like Anwar Ali, Ehsan Adil, Haris Sohail, Raza Hasan, Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, Babar (leg Spiner though he 33 but still is taking lots of wickets), Ahmed Shehzad? I am sure if given chance with good couch they can prove themselves. look at their stats at the domestic level, they are doing wonders.

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    Pakistan should hire bating coach for younger teams U19 and U17 to train , Pakistan need to build batsmen from younger age and from build them from basic skills, all Pakistani current batsmen are technically wrong. example is Umer Akmal he is talented but he never learn how to build innings and which ball he need to hit or which ball need to leave. Pakistan need good Coaches with qualification those work with all younger age groups on region level . at the moment we have test players but they all want to coach the way they play they don't have ability to pick the batsmen on his ability or find out what sort of natural ability he got so they can build upon his ability.

  • POSTED BY Mr.Lock on | April 13, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    Grant is an excellent choice. Like most of Pakistan, team's batsmen are in awe of foreigners so he will fit in nicely. Besides, Grant has tremendous amount of experience in England which will help young Pakistani batsmen. One thing I noticed was a lot of negative comments about Grant and comapring him to Inzi. Please remember a great batsman/bowler may not be a great coach, i.e. Javed Miandad, or Greg Chappell & in other sports, Diego Maradona etc. Inzimam I am afraid falls in the same category. Coaching is not about how good you were in your hayday but the ability to extract and mold talent into greatness and getting the best out of even ordinary players. Grant has learnt that throughout with his coaching experience. However, I am not sure how would he overcome the overly negative approach that Misbah, Younis, Azhar Ali etc, have cemented in their brains. That is the real challenge. Salim Malik will only teach youngsters how to gamble & not get caught. Zaheer is just way too nice

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    Also PCB and world cricket need to see cricket is dying in Pakistan .. something needs to be done quick...if nothing else we need to have more home matches in india and uae.

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    PCB has to think out of the box ..what does level 2 or level 3 have to do with coaching if you've got batsmen like Zaheer Abbas , javed Miandad and Inzamam who know everything about Pakistani psyche and how to merge with world cricket batting / The beautiful sport of cricket. These guys should devote their time free of cost to Pakistan cricket.

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | April 13, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    Welcome to Grant Flower with PAK team. Hope PAK team batting will improve.

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | April 13, 2013, 0:33 GMT

    Good decision by PCB, Grant Flower is world class batting coach. Grant can help PAK batsmen to improve batting.

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    For long, role of a coach has been largely ignored or insufficiently understood. Today, it is differnt ball game. For a foreign coach, it means, proper coaching through advanced techniques. Then, whether he brings in some influence, besides his personal likeability,to become a leading component. Cost can be phenominal, but, so the of revenue this sport generates. One can also argue for a home grown fully qualified coach. Once, yester years Mr.Khan Mohd. a bowler,who turned to coaching cricket in Canada. One wld be sure there are others in Pakistan today.......

  • POSTED BY mshyder on | April 12, 2013, 22:50 GMT

    Accreditation is not everything. Our bowling coach is level 3 accredited but he was guilty of bowling too short all his career. How do we expect him to teach our bowlers to bowl up, to get maximum movement, if he could not correct himself. Honestly speaking with all the media hype about the law & order situation do not expect any high profile batting coach to come to Pakistan. It is more practical to find a Pakistani Coach. Salim Malik with the shadow on his past isn't worth considering. Zaheer was a wonderful player of spin and seam bowling but his technique was always suspect against genuine pace (that's the reason for his failures in Australia and W. Indies). Since Mohsin wanted to be the head coach his pride may not allow him to work under Whatmore. Both Inzi and Yousuf are technically sound and must have gained a lot from the legendary Woolmer. They shd be considered for the post. The team which is under transition shouldn't be treated like guinea pig for experiments anymore.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    Grant flower is not a bad choice.we dont need coaches that sit on chair and drink coca cola whole day watching players do recklace practise.we need coach that can tell players where they are making mistakes and how to deal with certain bowlers.I bet pakistan would have played better in SA if caoach would have told them to change stans or take a gaurd outside leg stump or stand outside crease about 1 foot to change line and length of bowler rather than standing in crease and pocking at the out going balls and giving slip catches.

  • POSTED BY Bowlersbackdrive on | April 12, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    I wonder, how Dave is been so lucky all the time? In SL, in BD and now in Pak, what is his duty? Coordinating coaches? Is he knows Urdu, Bangla and Singholi as well? He is living his life for sure...Just asking..Dave What you can do More?

  • POSTED BY Kashif.Anwar on | April 12, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    I had always been a strong believer of having a good bowling coach and a head coach as batting specialist. Dave is a batting specialist and i am not sure why PCB wants another one. Pakistan needs to replace their bowling coach instead. We can see what Mohammad Akram has taught Umar Gul. He has actually wasted Pakistan's spearhead bowler. Where is Aqib Javed. He is as best a bowling coach can get. I dont know when PCB will learn to honor their greats.

  • POSTED BY Ramu444 on | April 12, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    i would say the best choice will be to pick any one from Inzi,M Yousf or Saeed Anwer as a batting coach.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    a guy who avgs 29 in test and 33 in odis ? how can he coach players like misbah nasir and all. Please bring inzi aur Yousuf as a coach. and why dav whatmore is there ? we have bowling coach we have fieldng coach and now batting coach for what ?

  • POSTED BY Rubic on | April 12, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    A Bowling coach with 17wkts at avg 50...A batting coach with less than 30 test avg...M. Sami and Imran Farhat way to go...

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    it just a waste of money i don't think frant flower is a good choice ,Inzamam -ul-haq is much much better than grant flower

  • POSTED BY mshyder on | April 12, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    Grant Flower of the people really !! He was a very ordinary batsman in his days with an average of 29 in 67 tests. His only double hundred was scored in the infamous Harare match which was captained by Salim Malik where much acclaimed Pakistani bowling let Zimbabwe score more than 600 and world class Pakistani batting failed to score that much in 2 innings. So that double shouldn't be accounted for having some shadow of doubt. Whats left is a batsman who failed at international level and a coach who has not achievements to show so far. Having a level 3 accreditation is not everything. Only the chairman of PCB who doesn't know anything about cricket can limit himself like that. I am sure if PCB can broaden their vision they will find someone much better for the position, be it a Pakistani or foreign coach, he has to be worth his salt.

  • POSTED BY fah4 on | April 12, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    Another foreigner who knows he is not going to hold the position for the long time. He will more likely to work like completing his lectures then really interested in making performance of Pak team better. Local batsman will be a good choice. Inzi will be great.

  • POSTED BY Zee_1203 on | April 12, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    Waste of money on coaches, fire all of them, Just get bowling tips from Waseen Akram for couple of weeks before any series going to start, and if PCB wants to win the game have Mohsin Khan as coach, not as an expert coach but as a Good Luck sign for Pakistan Team.

  • POSTED BY djzan on | April 12, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    i think INZAMAM is best option for this position, because he has much better awareness about present team players and one more thing that before Pak tour india recently so inzamam also give batting tips, so at tour we seen that some sort of improving in the batting side.

  • POSTED BY HRZV on | April 12, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    No coaching manual can teach Misbah, Younus, S Malik, Afridi, K Akmal anything, they are set in their ways. PCB needs to appoint coaches at under 16 and under 19 level.

  • POSTED BY HRZV on | April 12, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    What exactly is Dav Whatmore's role? If we have a batting coach, bowling coach and a fielding coach, why is he on PCB's payroll?

  • POSTED BY sirvivfan on | April 12, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    What load of rubbish....just because you were a good player does not make you a good coach. Level 3 qualification means you have gone through a structured coaching program. Just imagine you would not ask for ask to perform heart surgery unless you are qualified medical,professional . Good players like Zaheer abaas will be able to give advice but will not have a full,programme of modern techniques of coaching. Supporters blame coaches for players failings... Remember coaches cannot play for the players. I actually put the entire blame on the players... Of being unable to put into practice what they have been taught. Lack of discipline and application is the issue with Pak players. That said I would not appoint grant flower!!

  • POSTED BY Omarrz on | April 12, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    What is Dav's role seriously? I am not being picky here but just curious to know what are his job's responsibilities?

  • POSTED BY Hira1 on | April 12, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Mohammad Akram has got level 3 accreditation and his achievement is zero to minus, David Whatmore is another liability and there is no point hiring another foreign coach, its better to give Mohsin Hasan Khan his job back, when he was there Pak team was doing very well

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Why not Local cricketers like legends M Yousaf, Inzimam or Mohsin Khan.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Man on | April 12, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    How about Rahul Dravid for this position??

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Why not hire Gavaskar, a master of patience and technique in his times.he may not have the coaching credentials though.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Yes he can be tried for 6 -12 months. His elder brother has transformed England and hope he does the same for Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    still, there would be a communication barrier... PCB should prefer a local batting coach...

  • POSTED BY ahtasham.rvj on | April 12, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    I think that PCB should select a foreign player for the job and Flower would be a great choice..considering the fact that our player struggle much on the bouncy pitches of South Africa , England and Australia...and flower having great knowledge of these pitches would be ideal for Pakistani's batsmen...so no Pakistani batting coach this time..

  • POSTED BY PakCricketistanLover on | April 12, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    I have been reading comments about hiring foreign coaches. The irony is that we don't have internationally qualified coaches, a pre-requisite to this position advertised by PCB was a level 3 qualified batting coach; regardless of their caliber Z Abbas, Inzi, S Malik neither have this qualification. If there are serious about persuing this opportunity they should be as a first step enrolling for a batting coach program!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Mirza_United on | April 12, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    I think thats a very good move...Grant has been an exceptional player in his time. I am sure he still has a lot to contribute to the game like his Brother. Grant, Andy, Streak, Blignaut, Houghton, Godowin, Campbell, Johnson were great players of their time and they played thorugh 90s when we had more number of quality boowlers playing the International games. Only probolem that i see is the fact if half of Pak's team are not good in English then this may become an issue in terms of communication & relations gap between the Team and Players. Its a good move that needs a lot of commitment from the Team & Management. Godo Luck to Grant.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    We need a professional and not a star..... Coach is a coach... Player is a player... A good student is not necessary a good teacher....

  • POSTED BY wakaPAK on | April 12, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    @Graceyvc Neil Johnson and others were good but you kind of exaggerated with your schoolboys comment.. anyways, Andy's a good coach and I have never heard about Grant's coaching abilities but it's always good to think out of the box. On a lighter note... the picture is kinda funny... we do need a glove man to teach how to do the glove work besides teh batting. My gut feeling is that Grant Flower would be great choice.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    A sole Flower supporter here...I think foreign batting coach is what required to improve technique against bouncy pitches. He has ample experience of English conditions so I hope he get selected.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Aw!.......I think another blundering decision by the PCB..as Pakistan has legendry Batsman Such as Inzimam Ul Haq .. The Board should give chances to their country mate as country mate are more advantegeous to serve as they can understand and instruct the player much better than a forieng coaches.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    I think who so ever is going to be coach, he should have utmost knowledge of current cricket. We are not living in 80's anymore. We require aggressive coaches who could coach players according to current cricket. Like Garry Kirsten did one hell of a job for India and he is now doing for South Africa. He knows current aggressive cricket and look how India won WC and now SA is ruling the world.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Another Foreign Coach short listed by PCB

  • POSTED BY Israr75 on | April 12, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    I Think Mohsin did a great job. I think Moshin hasnt been given the credit he deserves but he and Misbah worked well togather to Gel the team.

    As for Coaches we have many great players but problem is they all failed on pitches out side Pakistan. Look what happened to us in South Africa. Anyhow I don't think G Flower is a great choice instead I would try out likes of Zaheer Abbas. The man is a living legend.

  • POSTED BY Manu_reddy on | April 12, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    I think pak have talented batsmen but what their young batsmen lack is patience so grant flower who was known for his tremendous patience during his playing days can surely help pak batsmen to get some patience so it would b a good move if pak select grant as their batting coach

  • POSTED BY Graceyvc on | April 12, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Khashar I dont think you know who Grant Flower is, just because the current Zim team is struggling on the international scene doesnt mean Zim was always wack. If Grant Flower was ordinary then Im sure you think less of his brother, Andy, too? We called them, Flower Power. and together with other batsman like Neil Johnson, Stuart Carlisle and Murray Godwin they made teams like Pakistan look like schoolboys on the field. All lm saying is, Grant was never ordinary.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Inzamam ul Haq did a great job with the lads before the tour of India and you could see the difference in our batting. Why not appoint him? Who cares for these Levels except for Mr.Zaka Ashraf I guess. Our bowling and fielding coach are a joke, Mohammad Akram when you have Aaqib Javed wanting to coach the side. And what difference has Julian Fountain bought to the team, just glimpses of brilliance but long patches of the same old mediocre fielding.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    I think PCB should hire our national heroes like Inzi, Saeed Anwer, Mohsin Khan etc, they can perform thier duties as compere to Grant Flower and they can back Pakistan pride in International Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Then why the England cricket bord hired the services of Andy Flower and before him Duncan Fletcher the current coach of Team India. These two country dont have a ex-player. They both done excellent job. In my openion Grant Flower is better choice for pakistan team.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    While most of you would disagree with this decision if PCB goes ahead with Grant Flower but i would support them. The thing with Pakistani past cricketers is that most of them try to manipulate players to be on their side which causes riff among players better to go with a total neutral coach.

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | April 12, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    I have been an admirer of zaka ashraf but some of his appointment are very disappointing.. like appointment of cheif selector.. losing guys like aqib javed and having Mohammad akram as replacement. Pakistan should appoint a local batting coach. waqar was doing good job as bowling coach but his political issues within team with afridi were un-understandable. Mohsin should be given cheif selector job again.

  • POSTED BY mtalhas on | April 12, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    PCB is obsessed with at least level 3 coaching qualification and minimum 5 years experience working with top cricketers (where do you find top cricketers these days?). They are just obsessed with it.

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | April 12, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    I agree with the sentiments of some here. Why would a country with so many talented former batsmen be reduced to importing a player who was ordinary during his career. Have you run out of options?

    Anyway all the best when he starts throwing his toys out of the cot when things don't go his way. He'll be in constant conflict with the head coach and sow divisions among players. That's the kind of impact he had on Zim and I doubt he's repented in such a short space of time.

    Please take Andy Waller as well, and close the deal before 1 May please.

  • POSTED BY khashar on | April 12, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    why would PCB even think of Grant Flower....there are plenty of great batsmen in Pakistan...Zaheer Abbas, Miandad, Saeed Anwar, Inzi, Mohsin Khan, Muddasar Nazar. Apart from that any player who has played enough cricket like miandad saeed and inzi they dont need LEVEL 3 of coaching...

  • POSTED BY mtalhas on | April 12, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    This is called icing on the cake when your team is already under a "transition" since a decade with several experiments being done resulting in failures.

  • POSTED BY MFNadeem on | April 12, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    Go get some life PCB. If it to come down to Grant Flower, then what was wrong with Mohsin Hasan Khan? The guy averaged 29 in 60+ test matches.

  • POSTED BY keptalittlelow on | April 12, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Compare Grant Flower with likes of Zaheer Abbas, the man known as the Asian Bradman!!

  • POSTED BY Naseer_shah on | April 12, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    This is simply non sense .... atleast we have better player for batting consultant at least .... Grant Flower was average player ... Inzi or Basit ali should be a batting consultant for the team

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  • POSTED BY Naseer_shah on | April 12, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    This is simply non sense .... atleast we have better player for batting consultant at least .... Grant Flower was average player ... Inzi or Basit ali should be a batting consultant for the team

  • POSTED BY keptalittlelow on | April 12, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Compare Grant Flower with likes of Zaheer Abbas, the man known as the Asian Bradman!!

  • POSTED BY MFNadeem on | April 12, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    Go get some life PCB. If it to come down to Grant Flower, then what was wrong with Mohsin Hasan Khan? The guy averaged 29 in 60+ test matches.

  • POSTED BY mtalhas on | April 12, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    This is called icing on the cake when your team is already under a "transition" since a decade with several experiments being done resulting in failures.

  • POSTED BY khashar on | April 12, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    why would PCB even think of Grant Flower....there are plenty of great batsmen in Pakistan...Zaheer Abbas, Miandad, Saeed Anwar, Inzi, Mohsin Khan, Muddasar Nazar. Apart from that any player who has played enough cricket like miandad saeed and inzi they dont need LEVEL 3 of coaching...

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | April 12, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    I agree with the sentiments of some here. Why would a country with so many talented former batsmen be reduced to importing a player who was ordinary during his career. Have you run out of options?

    Anyway all the best when he starts throwing his toys out of the cot when things don't go his way. He'll be in constant conflict with the head coach and sow divisions among players. That's the kind of impact he had on Zim and I doubt he's repented in such a short space of time.

    Please take Andy Waller as well, and close the deal before 1 May please.

  • POSTED BY mtalhas on | April 12, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    PCB is obsessed with at least level 3 coaching qualification and minimum 5 years experience working with top cricketers (where do you find top cricketers these days?). They are just obsessed with it.

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | April 12, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    I have been an admirer of zaka ashraf but some of his appointment are very disappointing.. like appointment of cheif selector.. losing guys like aqib javed and having Mohammad akram as replacement. Pakistan should appoint a local batting coach. waqar was doing good job as bowling coach but his political issues within team with afridi were un-understandable. Mohsin should be given cheif selector job again.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    While most of you would disagree with this decision if PCB goes ahead with Grant Flower but i would support them. The thing with Pakistani past cricketers is that most of them try to manipulate players to be on their side which causes riff among players better to go with a total neutral coach.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Then why the England cricket bord hired the services of Andy Flower and before him Duncan Fletcher the current coach of Team India. These two country dont have a ex-player. They both done excellent job. In my openion Grant Flower is better choice for pakistan team.