Pakistan news May 15, 2014

Grant Flower named Pakistan batting coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Grant Flower, the former Zimbabwe batsman, has been named Pakistan's batting coach for two years. The appointment comes little more than a week after Waqar Younis returned as the head coach as Pakistan overhauled their national team management.

Flower was recommended by the coach selection committee comprising Moin Khan (chief selector), Intikhab Alam (director domestic cricket operations) and Haroon Rashid (director game development). He will start in August, just before the Sri Lanka series.

Flower, 43, was Zimbabwe's batting coach for over three years starting October 2010, and was a key player for his country in a lengthy career that included 67 Tests and 221 ODIs. He had applied for the Pakistan batting coach job last year as well but was not appointed.

Pakistan's batting has been one of their major weaknesses in recent years, and the PCB had turned to former greats like Inzamam-ul-Haq, Javed Miandad and Zaheer Abbas to bring about improvements. Pakistan had also hired Australian Trent Woodhill for a brief two-month stint last year, but had decided to do away with the post earlier this year when Moin was named head coach. With former fast bowler Waqar now in charge, the PCB decided to appoint a mentor to the batsmen.

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  • faiz on May 19, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    i hope he can adjust in a all pakistani dressing room and support staff .....

  • Dummy4 on May 17, 2014, 20:25 GMT

    Very good choice, no pakistani batting legend can prove to be a good coach incl miandad, inzi, yousaf etc. Successful coaches in the world are not necessarily great players. have a hert please.

  • Naveed on May 17, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    nice guy.............but totally wrong choice.....if it was going to be a flower it should have been the other one....................

  • Pundit on May 17, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    Please understand pak supporters being a good player does not necessarily equate to being a good coach. None of the Pak great players are good verbal advise is no good!!

    Pak batsmen have serious mental and technical flaws.....which cannot be sorted just by talking. What's more worrying though is how they get through the system with the flaws!

  • Dummy4 on May 17, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    @PakCricZindabad araay yaar all of those players have over 5 years playing with big stars and big teams and all over the world. level 3 coaching accreditation is that an ICC Pakistan we do as we need . They should dump the accreditation stuff and hire an experienced performed , earned his cricket batsman to coach Batting not a foreigner who WE will have to coach for 5 years to understand our system , attitude , people and culture . We have players who have everything . Best to coach our bunch .

  • Muhammad on May 16, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    @Nauman Siddiqui. What you have said, is very honest and true. Unfortunately, none of the players you listed have at least a level 3 coaching accreditation and a minimum of five years experience working with top cricketers. Basically they can only give advice & do word of mouth coaching. They will not be able to tackle technical things.

    Pakistan is an international team, & they need top coaches.

  • afzal on May 16, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    Pakistani fans need to understand, that you don't need to be a good player to be a good coach, just look at fletcher and any flower both from Zim. In football most of the big coaches were never good enough players but became world class coaches. People who wanted Inzy as a coach need to understand he doesn't have skills to be a coach he is very laid back and doesn't communicate well.

  • Dummy4 on May 16, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    where is muhammed yousuf....

  • Dummy4 on May 16, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    we miss the point that Eshan CHeema made so eloquently. Pakistani mentality is about aspiring to our demigods and leaders. Imagine Shahzad, Akmal, Shaoyb any of this younger lot displeasing Inzi. They would have thrown their hearts out to stick around the crease.

    Inzi was to me one of the best batsman of the last 20 years. His stubbornness, aggression, ignoring all external influneces at the crease and tenacity is what made him great. That is what these kids needed. A demigod in the middle and someone they are far too scared to displease.

    Silly mistake

  • Dummy4 on May 16, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    Grant Flower is not what these guys needed. He has an average in 29's has not even played a 100 tests.