Pakistan news April 30, 2013

Trent Woodhill appointed Pakistan batting coach

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Pakistan have appointed the Australian Trent Woodhill as their batting coach for the Champions Trophy. He will join the squad directly in England and will be on probation for three weeks with the national side in June.

Woodhill, 42, is currently part of the support staff with Delhi Daredevils in the ongoing IPL. He was New Zealand's assistant coach till last year and has also been involved with Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League in Australia.

"He was offered a short-term role as batting coach and he has accepted it," Intikhab Alam, PCB Director international cricket, told reporters. "His services will be on trial and if the management is happy with his work his contract will be extended."

The decision to appoint Woodhill followed serious concerns over Pakistan's fragile batting, which flopped during their 3-0 rout in the Tests in South Africa earlier this year. The team also lost the five-match one-day series 3-2. Pakistan had been hunting for a batting coach for the last year and a half but never settled on one candidate.

In response to a PCB advertisement last year, several former players, including Zaheer Abbas and Saleem Malik, applied for the role but the PCB had insisted on hiring a candidate with at least a Level 3 coaching accreditation and a minimum of five years' experience working with top cricketers. Pakistan appointed the former captain Inzamam-ul Haq ahead of the India tour last year but he wasn't retained.

"He (Woodhill) was preferred over the former players in our country only because of his qualification," Alam said. "These days, coaching qualifications have become very necessary. He is an experienced coach and has worked with various teams, but if the experiment goes wrong, it's a three-week contract, not a lengthy one."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on May 7, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    Come on guys! If this man can do then let him do his job. Dav Whatmore certainly changed Pakistani team's attitude towards fielding. Lets see what woodhill can do for us. Two " Ws" Wasim and Waqar in the past and now these two "Ws" Whatmore and woodhill. Hopfully, both of them will be lucky for our team

  • Sprit_of_Cricket on May 3, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Umar Akmal !!!! What a great talent to waste by pakistan.... I still remember kholi and akmal start their career same time and everyone had high hopes with akmal to be a backbone of pakistan..... If the cricketer need to be drop and perform in domestic cricket and over come all the errors and mental strength then what's the point to appoint a coach in a team who cannot fine tune a player who has already go the talent.... Coaches are getting healthy amount just to give burden on player to perform well all the time..... I hate to see that umar akmal is getting wastes the way we have wasted Imran nazir... Ahmed Shazad , razzaq, and many more..... Coaches are good for nothing..... Pakistan should include Afridi and akmal for big tournament if they wanted to made them comeback then they should be out in normal tour like South Africa tour but should atleast give one chance to akmal in whole tour in South Africa before eliminate him..... Poor selection. No match winner in current squad....

  • Chris_P on May 1, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    @BRNUGGET. Unknown quantity? You mean the fact the article details his recent roles with NZ cricket, IPL & Melbourne Stars is still unknown or did you just not read the article? The one positive you take out of bringing someone from "outside" is that he doesn't bring in long standing local ideas that haven't been working. A fresh view & unbiased view of systems invariably results in improved results or performances. He is there as a batting coach, not a team coach. For example, do you know Michael Clarke's batting coach? No, I bet you don't, nor do probably 99.9% of other readers either, but I would suggest he is doing a pretty fair job for an "unknown".

  • Crick_Expert on April 30, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Welcome to Trent with PAK TEAM. Hope batting dept. will improve. But I am not seeing any batsman in current PAK team announced for UK tour ?

  • khs_shk2000 on April 30, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Who ever coach them, they can not rectified the built-in bad habits pakistani batsmen has. They should appoint best batting coaches from abroad not for playing cricket team but for they cricket nurseries where the young boys learns batting and fielding.

  • on April 30, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Bowling coach, Batting Coach, Fielding Coach! What more, what more ??!!

  • on April 30, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Naveed makes an interesting point. If u have a batting coach, a bowling and fielding one as well, then what's left for Whatmore. What is Whatmore doing? I a sure the PCB is trying to figure that out.

  • on April 30, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Now if only Wasim could agree to a full time bowling coach position! Ahhh.. .the dream will come to life!

  • on April 30, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    People who are complaining and all they should know that All the good students can not be good teacher. So following this example Miandad, Imran Khan, Inzi, Yousuf etc can not really be good coaches as well. Think beyond the box!

  • on April 30, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Although I don't completely agree that good experienced players don't make good coaches, however I do agree that the focus needs to be on caoching experience and coaching success. I am more interested in knowing as to what successes Trent Woodhill has had with his coaching career.

  • on May 7, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    Come on guys! If this man can do then let him do his job. Dav Whatmore certainly changed Pakistani team's attitude towards fielding. Lets see what woodhill can do for us. Two " Ws" Wasim and Waqar in the past and now these two "Ws" Whatmore and woodhill. Hopfully, both of them will be lucky for our team

  • Sprit_of_Cricket on May 3, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Umar Akmal !!!! What a great talent to waste by pakistan.... I still remember kholi and akmal start their career same time and everyone had high hopes with akmal to be a backbone of pakistan..... If the cricketer need to be drop and perform in domestic cricket and over come all the errors and mental strength then what's the point to appoint a coach in a team who cannot fine tune a player who has already go the talent.... Coaches are getting healthy amount just to give burden on player to perform well all the time..... I hate to see that umar akmal is getting wastes the way we have wasted Imran nazir... Ahmed Shazad , razzaq, and many more..... Coaches are good for nothing..... Pakistan should include Afridi and akmal for big tournament if they wanted to made them comeback then they should be out in normal tour like South Africa tour but should atleast give one chance to akmal in whole tour in South Africa before eliminate him..... Poor selection. No match winner in current squad....

  • Chris_P on May 1, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    @BRNUGGET. Unknown quantity? You mean the fact the article details his recent roles with NZ cricket, IPL & Melbourne Stars is still unknown or did you just not read the article? The one positive you take out of bringing someone from "outside" is that he doesn't bring in long standing local ideas that haven't been working. A fresh view & unbiased view of systems invariably results in improved results or performances. He is there as a batting coach, not a team coach. For example, do you know Michael Clarke's batting coach? No, I bet you don't, nor do probably 99.9% of other readers either, but I would suggest he is doing a pretty fair job for an "unknown".

  • Crick_Expert on April 30, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Welcome to Trent with PAK TEAM. Hope batting dept. will improve. But I am not seeing any batsman in current PAK team announced for UK tour ?

  • khs_shk2000 on April 30, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Who ever coach them, they can not rectified the built-in bad habits pakistani batsmen has. They should appoint best batting coaches from abroad not for playing cricket team but for they cricket nurseries where the young boys learns batting and fielding.

  • on April 30, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Bowling coach, Batting Coach, Fielding Coach! What more, what more ??!!

  • on April 30, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Naveed makes an interesting point. If u have a batting coach, a bowling and fielding one as well, then what's left for Whatmore. What is Whatmore doing? I a sure the PCB is trying to figure that out.

  • on April 30, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Now if only Wasim could agree to a full time bowling coach position! Ahhh.. .the dream will come to life!

  • on April 30, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    People who are complaining and all they should know that All the good students can not be good teacher. So following this example Miandad, Imran Khan, Inzi, Yousuf etc can not really be good coaches as well. Think beyond the box!

  • on April 30, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Although I don't completely agree that good experienced players don't make good coaches, however I do agree that the focus needs to be on caoching experience and coaching success. I am more interested in knowing as to what successes Trent Woodhill has had with his coaching career.

  • on April 30, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    A great player may not necessarily be a good teacher....take for example kapil dev...he's one of the greatest allrounders but not a great coach....india did pathetic under him....another good example could be Dav Whatmore....he's a very good coach but his credentials as a player is hardly known

  • BRNUGGET on April 30, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    i cannot understand as to why they have taken someone from outside Pakistan and that too someone who is unknown quantity. Pakistan has many world class batting legends like Javed Miandad, Zaheer Abbas, Inzamam, etc. When Javed & Inzy could not do much what can this person do to make Pakistan batters bat better I dont think he can change the fortunes nor will he stay long, look at Whatmore, who could not do anything

  • on April 30, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Thanks God. A batting coach much much needed for Pakistan's cricket team. I agree that if you are a great former player its very very difficult that you can be a good coach. I'm hoping that this positive step will take Pakistan to become a lot more solid team!

  • F-shahzi on April 30, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Good Step by PCB. 100% agree. it's a bit like batting education.

  • on April 30, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    I don't understand the role of Dev Whatmore . . . Seriously!!! There is batting coach, bowling coach & fielding coach. So what's his role? Just sit in dressing room, watch Pakistani Matches and be with them, take his salary and other benefits and in the end,All is Well . . !!! Shame on Pakistan Cricket Team Decision Makers.

  • MMahmood1 on April 30, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Coaching is like teaching and important thing is how you communicate .. International experience is good but does not count if you dont know to teach

  • Shrekk on April 30, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Kiwirocker below is spot on but when has the average Pakistani ever understood. To everyone crying for an Inzi or Miandad, for heaven's sake try and develop a more critical eye. These guys are pep-talkers and 'tippers' at best. What our batsman need is work on the hard technique of their batting; and for a sustained period of time. Inzi and Miandad wouldn't know what to do beyond the first two weeks of teaching how to take singles and doubles, being aggressive, staying on the wicket, blah, blah, blah and other tertiary aspects of batting. Woodhill seems promising. Even if he doesn't quite meet the expectations, for now, he's still a much better choice than say, a Mohsin Khan...

  • FIPL on April 30, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    Totally wrong Mr Alam. Pakistan needs a batting coach who has played good quality & quantity test matches. Look what wonders Garry Kristen has done with India & South Africa also Andy Flower with England, They are not qualified coaches but knows how to do the job. Inzamam could have been a better choice. It really a FLOP idea to hire Woodhill and it will be an early exit of Pakistan from Champions Trophy.

  • humi_cric on April 30, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    @sampath Kumar: you are right but we need to see the other side of the coin, failure in T20 (hit miss game) then bright chances of success in longer format of game. Tendulkar, Ponting, Kallis and Dravid (4 leading run scorer in test cricket) are not impressive in T20, but we all know they are legends. In T20 Shahid Afridi would be the ideal coach for any team, according to him, there is only one rule: just see the line of the ball and swing the bat with full strength (and pray for the contact b/w bat and ball). there is no other rule for batsman in T20 cricket, even you can apply this rule in longer format of the games also (Lalai said, while opening the milk shop in a remote area). According to Sehwag, you must have good reflexes to hit the ball, all these talks about footwork, body postures are bullshits.

  • KiwiRocker- on April 30, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    I simply do not understand these comments that if someone has not been a test players or a famous player, he can not be a good coach. This is a flawed notion. If this was true then Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar would have been India's coach and Imran Khan will be Pakistan's coach. Pakistan's best coach in recent times was Bob Woolmer. He introduced a structure to Pakistani team and introduced so many fine players. This was because Bob Woolmer knew the coaching! Javed Miandad has been Pakistan's coach but he coached like he batted,i.e with intution instead of technology. Pakistani fans who are jumping to conclusion are naive to think that Trent is a poor choice. Trend is actually a very safe pair of hands and he knows professional coaching and will work in a systematic manner. Furthermore, it is a trial appointment. Pakistan has no coach so any coach is better than no coach! I consider this as a good appointment but PCB needs to support him and ensure that he communicates with players!

  • Nicely_Time.Man on April 30, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    don't blame Coach, Coach can't bat, bowl & field in the ground. Coach only teach you its a captains duty to implement the strategies and players has to support their captain. John Buchanan never played international cricket and everyone knows what Australia did in his regime. And WI is always having their great Legend as well as World class legend as a coach but result is beyond expectations. Trust coach and respect captain.Extract how much you can and always remove communication gap. No coach is good or bad, because Coach knows the best- this is the formula.

  • Kak-mal_Khan on April 30, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    Please make all Pak international batsmen available to English County and Australian Shield Cricket, without this exposure to fast bouncy surfaces the batsmen will always come unstuck. Even india with their much vaunted batsmen become undone when playing overseas in such conditions. Remember the backbone of Pakistan batting in the 70's & 80's all had County Cricket stints i.e. Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Salim Malik etc....

  • Sports4Youth on April 30, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    This is a better step. Pakistani players need coaching in the batting and fielding departments. They always loose matches for poor fielding and indequate batting.

    As far as the bowling department is concerned they have always been well blessed with some of the best fast bowlers and spinners.

    .

  • Naseer_shah on April 30, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    This is not good ... we have many batting legends like Inzi , Zaheer Abbas , Majid Khan ... They are selected a person , who did not even play international cricket ....

  • on April 30, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    totaly unfair we have our legends...just imagine our batting coach is not enough known but salute to PCB think tank...

  • hellothereeveryone on April 30, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Since the 90s Pakistan has had a lot of batting problems especially when it comes to playin quality swing bowling. Most of these problems stem from the way cricket is played at club level or in schools and colleges. First of all proper coaching is not available at this level which results in really talented players having wrong techniques engraved which work at club level but not against quality bowling. On top of it most of cricket played at lower level in Pakistan is played on cemented wickets with tennis ball and thus the batsman are never exposed to swing bowling. Even in first class cricket the grounds and weather most of the time dont help swing bowling so the batsmen are not exposed to swing until they play outside Pakistan. Most of Pakistani batsmen who were good became so only after playing county cricket. Thus a three week stint with a coach is not going to help a lot. The structure of cricket at grass root level has to be changed if PCB wants the quality of batting to improv

  • haha1 on April 30, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Not good enough for NZ but now good enough for Pakistan..............WOW!!

  • FreddyAmit on April 30, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    this is good news for Pakistan team. Woodhill have good experience as a coach and I think that he must get long term with Pakistan team to improve batting. And He would be a good batting coach for long time.

  • on April 30, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    remember DD form in IPL 2013..:-)

  • Guduji71 on April 30, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    Pakistan should look for a coach who has played good amount of test cricket. I have not heard much about this guy (Woodhil). I believe Pak should find someone who has experience of playing on bouncy wickets and swinging conditions. The coach should be the one who himself has played enough tests & ODIs. This is a first step in the right direction one thing is for sure we do need a batting coach. So well done PCB atleast you are heading towards the right direction.

  • Crick_Expert on April 30, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    Good Luck Trent for new assignment. Batting is a main issue for PAK team, hope Mr. Woodhill will be able to solve this problem.

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  • Crick_Expert on April 30, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    Good Luck Trent for new assignment. Batting is a main issue for PAK team, hope Mr. Woodhill will be able to solve this problem.

  • Guduji71 on April 30, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    Pakistan should look for a coach who has played good amount of test cricket. I have not heard much about this guy (Woodhil). I believe Pak should find someone who has experience of playing on bouncy wickets and swinging conditions. The coach should be the one who himself has played enough tests & ODIs. This is a first step in the right direction one thing is for sure we do need a batting coach. So well done PCB atleast you are heading towards the right direction.

  • on April 30, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    remember DD form in IPL 2013..:-)

  • FreddyAmit on April 30, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    this is good news for Pakistan team. Woodhill have good experience as a coach and I think that he must get long term with Pakistan team to improve batting. And He would be a good batting coach for long time.

  • haha1 on April 30, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Not good enough for NZ but now good enough for Pakistan..............WOW!!

  • hellothereeveryone on April 30, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Since the 90s Pakistan has had a lot of batting problems especially when it comes to playin quality swing bowling. Most of these problems stem from the way cricket is played at club level or in schools and colleges. First of all proper coaching is not available at this level which results in really talented players having wrong techniques engraved which work at club level but not against quality bowling. On top of it most of cricket played at lower level in Pakistan is played on cemented wickets with tennis ball and thus the batsman are never exposed to swing bowling. Even in first class cricket the grounds and weather most of the time dont help swing bowling so the batsmen are not exposed to swing until they play outside Pakistan. Most of Pakistani batsmen who were good became so only after playing county cricket. Thus a three week stint with a coach is not going to help a lot. The structure of cricket at grass root level has to be changed if PCB wants the quality of batting to improv

  • on April 30, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    totaly unfair we have our legends...just imagine our batting coach is not enough known but salute to PCB think tank...

  • Naseer_shah on April 30, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    This is not good ... we have many batting legends like Inzi , Zaheer Abbas , Majid Khan ... They are selected a person , who did not even play international cricket ....

  • Sports4Youth on April 30, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    This is a better step. Pakistani players need coaching in the batting and fielding departments. They always loose matches for poor fielding and indequate batting.

    As far as the bowling department is concerned they have always been well blessed with some of the best fast bowlers and spinners.

    .

  • Kak-mal_Khan on April 30, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    Please make all Pak international batsmen available to English County and Australian Shield Cricket, without this exposure to fast bouncy surfaces the batsmen will always come unstuck. Even india with their much vaunted batsmen become undone when playing overseas in such conditions. Remember the backbone of Pakistan batting in the 70's & 80's all had County Cricket stints i.e. Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Salim Malik etc....