Flower excited for Pakistan batting challenge

Published Jun 26, 2014 03:14pm
Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower — File photo
Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower — File photo

ISLAMABAD: Batting coach Grant Flower, who will be working with the Under-19 players and also at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) when the national team will not playing, said he is very excited at the prospect of working with Pakistan.

Flower said it is an exciting challenge as it's not just the national team he will get to work with but also he will be able to offer his services to the U-19s and other promising cricketers in Pakistan as well.

Flower, 43, who was Zimbabwe's batting coach, said so far he had one chat with head coach Waqar Younis and it has been very positive.

“Having played against Waqar, I have a great amount of respect for him both as a person and a player. We haven't gone into exact plans but we will work on them soon.

Obviously, everything has been a bit in the air due to the recent events in Pakistan but I am sure there is a lot of time for detailed planning to come later,” he told Pakpassion.net.

Speaking about Pakistan batting, Grant Flower said the most important thing for a batsman is to find consistency.

“It will be difficult for me to pin-point issues or what I will be specifically working on until I have worked with those players in person. All I will say is that if we can make them consistent then with their natural flair, Pakistan will become a world class winning side,” he said.

Grant Flower said he will be working on mental side of the players which is a huge factor in their improvement. “These issues affect the players but it really comes down to your discipline and preparation, your diet and how you go about your practice and then there are skills such as leaving the ball outside your off-stump as well as knowing your own strengths and weaknesses,” he said.

Talking about Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad, Grant Flower said they are highly talented but still have things to work on.

“One of the key things is not only to highlight the strengths but also to make them aware of their weaknesses,” he said.


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baby doll main sone di
Jun 26, 2014 03:22pm

boiled potato is more interesting than watching them bat.

AJ
Jun 26, 2014 04:05pm

Just be careful of your security.

SAC
Jun 26, 2014 05:09pm

All the best Grant. Make a difference.

Adnan
Jun 26, 2014 06:56pm

I cant understand why someone like basit ali was overlooked for this position, grant flower knows nothing aboutpakistani cricket and culture . Does pcb really think that arrogant youngsters like ahmed shahzad and umr akmal will pay any attention to a zimbabwean batsman's advice?

Mariya K
Jun 26, 2014 06:58pm

It is come to this under P(uncture) Cricket Board that we have a batting coach from Zimbabwe!! What was Flower's record when he played for his country - even if we leave the test/odi of the country aside?

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad
Jun 26, 2014 08:43pm

Well, it's no secret that consistency right in the middle of the ground to stay at the wicket and score some runs on regular basis is the main problem with the current green-shirt batsmen. Lots of cricket greats, experts, academics, coaches and consultants have tried their best but all in vain. Let's see if Grant Flower could use his unique expertise, magic skills and batting traits to instill "consistency" into the hearts, minds and souls of Misbah-ul-Haq and party? Only time will tell.

cricketlover
Jun 27, 2014 03:35am

Well, well! All we can say is: Best of luck with this lot of temperamental players, led by the volatile Afridi, Umar Akmal, et al. At this juncture, everything needs to be tried for what we have seen in the recent and not too recent past. The team needs a lot of boosting besides disciplining. Anyone who cares about the forthcoming schedule of series lined up for the Pakistan cricket team, must be open to change at the proper level, and coaching is one such level where efforts have to be directed with full authority and mandate.