Pakistan news April 12, 2013

Grant Flower in the mix for Pakistan batting coach

George Dobell and Umar Farooq

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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  • Manesh on April 16, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    He cannot do anything with this batting lineup.

  • Eugene on April 13, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Another cricketing icon Zimbabwe can ill-afford to lose.

  • 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

  • Jawwad 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Zaheeruddin 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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...

  • Taqi 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

  • Taqi 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.

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