Only local coach can build strong team: Miandad

Imaduddin July 17, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Former skipper and batting legend Javed Miandad on Wednesday again advocated hiring a local coach, as only a player well-acquainted with the country’s cricketing system can develop a strong team to regain once owned status.

Miandad was of the view that current coach has failed to deliver after Pakistan failed to qualify for the semifinals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, thus changes must be made in team and coaching staff to bring the game on right track.

“If greats like Sir Viv Richards or Sir Ian Terence Botham were brought to the task then one can understand what caliber they can bring in Pakistan cricket, otherwise foreign coaches cannot carry on with our players,” he said.

Miandad said Richards or Ian can coach players of what they had learned by playing on the field, otherwise coaches who just do courses and start coaching cannot improve the team.

“A person, who has played cricket practically all his life, can coach players better than the one who just sits on a computer and analyses things scientifically,” he said and added our local coaches who have been big names in the game must be hired for the job.

When asked about reports on Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) thinking to hand over reins of National One Day team’s stewardship to anyone from Muhammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim and Babar Azam, Miandad said players who had enjoyed their prime must not be given the job.

“PCB must set their priority straight of how to improve with cricket and must decide whether they want to go back or move forward,” he said adding that ” we need a fresh start with a new face to lead the team”.

Miandad said departmental cricket was the only solution to improve Pakistan cricket. “Players have to feed their families and for that they need jobs which only the departments can provide,” he said.

He said PCB must constitute 11 to 12 teams from the lot of available players and must pitch them in back-to-back national tournaments. “The final 15 must be picked for these teams,” he said . PCB selectors must monitor each and every team themselves, he added.

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2019

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