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Pakistan seek Miandad’s expertise

Published Sep 11, 2012 05:02pm


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Javed Miandad speaks to Shoaib Malik at a training session in September 2009. The PCB has sought Miandad's services as batting consultant before the World T20 in Sri Lanka starting next week. – File photo by AFP
Javed Miandad speaks to Shoaib Malik at a training session in September 2009. The PCB has sought Miandad's services as batting consultant before the World T20 in Sri Lanka starting next week. – File photo by AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan’s former Test captain and prolific batsman Javed Miandad will join the national team in Sri Lanka to give batting tips ahead of the World Twenty20 this month.

Miandad will not interfere with the work of current boss Dav Whatmore for the September 18-October 7 tournament but will instead concentrate on any individual batting niggles following a series of recent collapses. He will be with the team in Sri Lanka during their warm-up matches and practice sessions until the start of the tournament.

“He has been given a special assignment for a short period before the start of the World Cup,” a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesman said.

Miandad has previously acted as head coach of the Pakistan cricket team and is currently employed by the PCB as its director general.

“My main priority is to have pep talks with the players, to raise their spirits and confidence, and work with the batsmen in the nets, advise them on batting issues, keeping in mind the requirements of the World Cup and conditions in Sri Lanka,” the Test great was quoted as saying by cricket website ESPNCricinfo.

Comments (17) Closed

yousapzai Sep 11, 2012 07:57pm
He has no experience of playing T20 and good in picking fights with others. So one should expect alot like this after the tour, particularly if pakistan loses.
Muhammad Hafeez Sep 12, 2012 07:44am
Miandad would say " yaar bas single double karo" :D
Lali Sep 12, 2012 06:18am
This is a good gesture for the team as well as for PCB Pakistan team needs Icon like Miandad and Wasim Akrim in order to unite the team and remember one thing Carry the respect for green shirts think Pakistan first and for all.
Javed Miandad Sep 12, 2012 07:49am
anay tou do beta, sab ko theek kardunga. Aur bhai T20 ho ya kuch bhi match single double se hi jeeta jata hai.
Mohammad Merchant Sep 12, 2012 04:00pm
Coach can point out your wickness in batting and show you how to correct it.Finaly it is the player who has to correct it in nets and also avoid those mistakes in the match.If player is not serious in correcting defects then results will be the same.Solution to this is to show him door and not to select him.Now a days cricketers are not listening and they are forming group to pressuized coach and management.
Misbah Sep 12, 2012 07:51am
LOL! Tuk Tuk zindabad bhai ;)
Ali Sep 12, 2012 02:10am
Please drop Malik and Umer Akmal. Dawn please allow this comment or remove the comments option.
Syed Sep 11, 2012 06:18pm
Great. Sounds good.
Faraz Zubair Sep 12, 2012 08:22am
You guys obviously seem to have grown up after Miandad's heydays. The chap never accepted defeat, and there were occasions where even Imran had given up. His feuds with the Board are a different story because ever since he was chosen a captain ahead of many more seniors in 1979, he has never enjoyed the backing of those players who sometimes have been quite influential in the board. The real reason for his fall off with boards. Otherwise do remember, as a coach he brought you to the helm of affairs in 1999 winning a series against India, the Asian Test Championship and nearly led Pakistan to a WC win but for his feud with Akram who himself is responsible for finishing many a promising career
Mr.T Sep 11, 2012 05:59pm
Great Javed Miandad is like a doctor for those which you only seeing cure your 50% sickness automatically...
ozair mustafa Sep 12, 2012 07:37am
good idea, as long as the roles are clearely defined and all the parties are onboard
r.s.soni Sep 12, 2012 09:13am
Javed Miandad,is no T 20 player. hence his inclusion will be exercise in futility.. rather, he may prove hindrance to the players and management. please exclude him for the good of Pak cricket.
Karachi Wala Sep 11, 2012 08:14pm
Miandad is one of the best batsmen Pakistan has produced. However, his many stints with PCB as coach and in other capacities have never ended in a cordial way. Miandad is a unique example of a cricketer who after leaving the sport as a player has had more trouble with the Boards and the cricketers he has been handed to coach, than in his playing days. What I understand, he is a very ambitious person who likes to be in the limelight all the time. After few initial tries with PCB it would have been much metter if he had found something else to keep him busy and still keep him in limelight. Maybe something along the lines his rival in captaincy Imran found right after his retirement. Build hospitals, school and colleges. He would be better of by staying away from any paid jobs with PCB and Politics.
azam Sep 12, 2012 12:27pm
Miandad had tried many time and he always fail or stepped down. Need some one cool minded with patient and for long term not short terms
aziz79 Sep 13, 2012 07:14am
Pakistani cricket fans will see a welcome change in the batting. The batting had been the biggest problem in ODI and t-20. The middle order and lower order batsmen lacks consistency. A class batsman like Miandad, Inzi, Yousuf or Saeed Anwer are consistent. Its a shame that the best ODI and t-20 batsman Fawad Alam is not even in the 30 probables for any tour. Mohammad Ilyas ruined his career like others before him ruined Asim Kamal's future.
Umer Akmal Sep 12, 2012 02:41pm
Good thing no one is paying attention to me. Sneaking in away from the public eye. Whether I score or fail.
Capt C M Khan Sep 12, 2012 07:15am
Pakistan team does not need Miandad but!!!!!!! a STICK to discipline them.