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“I had not heard his name and I believe it won't make a good impact on the players.” -File photo
“I had not heard his name and I believe it won't make a good impact on the players.” -File photo

ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas on Tuesday said that no one in the cricket world knows of Pakistan’s newly-appointed batting coach Trent Woodhill but the former New Zealand cricket team assistant will get fame for being involved with the national side.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed Woodhill to improve the team's batting performance in the ICC Champions Trophy to be played in England next month.

Woodhill was involved with the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League in Australia and is part of the Delhi Daredevils' support staff in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).

Talking to APP, Zaheer said Woodhill had been an anonymous figure for him until the PCB appointed the Australian.

“I had not heard his name and I believe it won't make a good impact on the players,” he said.

Zaheer added that an international team like Pakistan needs a big name as their batting coach and that the PCB had appointed Woodhill to fulfill a formality. .

He was also critical of the fact that the Australian was hired just three weeks prior to the Champions Trophy.

“The way Pakistan's batting flopped 3-0 during the Test series against South Africa in February this year, I feel the PCB should have hired an expert coach for the job,” the former captain said.

Talking about the team's chances in the Champions Trophy, Zaheer who has also worked as the manager of the national team, said he has high hopes for the team to do well in the Trophy.

“I believe captain Misbah-ul-haq and vice-captain Muhammad Hafeez will chalk out a good strategy before moving in the field. It is a good opportunity for the youngsters to prove their mettle in the Trophy.”

Comments (10) Closed

Hyder May 07, 2013 10:42pm

Dear sir,

Pakistan cricket board specializes in giving break to unknown coaches whereas new and budding youngsters rot on the benches.

The PCB is going through a vicious cycle of status quo wherein same old faces are selected into the team and thereafter an unknown coach is brought in to coach the team over legends like Zaheer Abbas whose candidature is rejected.



Mustafa May 07, 2013 11:25pm

Zaheer applied for this position and was not picked. It seems like Zaheer wishes the newly appointed batting coach to fail. Will this help Pakistan cricket?

yaacir May 07, 2013 11:29pm

Grapes are sour, & yeah only this is clear & incisive let alone your views regarding Woodhill.

sfyn2it May 08, 2013 05:49am

Give the guy a chance Mr. I have never heard of him but I know he will suck!!! Thats no way to welcome or support someone in a national forum. Try ENCOURAGING. On a separate note: This is the third time I have seen the exact expression on Hafeez's face in three separate pictures. He looks intense and ready to bite someone's head off. Hopefully he saves some of the vigor for the tournament :)

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shoaib May 08, 2013 06:32am

question is will woodhill coaching make pakistan famous? these guys really do they think before they open their mouth?

Khan Seheb May 08, 2013 08:23am

Zaheer must be getting old. How do people move forward in their profession is my question to him. We all start from nowhere. Was Zaheer famous before hi 274 at Edgebaston in 1974?

Room For Everyone May 08, 2013 10:55am

Dear Zaheer Abbas Sir, You and I and millions other never heard of Woodhill before but this is not enough to pass any judgement actually it is not right to pass the judgement at all. No one had heard of you either sir before your burst onto the international scene. Everyone has to start somewhere. Let's hope e can put some common sense in our batsmen.

Zak May 08, 2013 11:03am

Zaheer and Latif should stop criticizing the new coach. Give this man a chance and see. Save your criticism after the result. It looks like they wanted this job but were not succeeded. Pakistani former players should stop blame game. They have not done anything except to divide PAK national team while they were playing.

FH May 08, 2013 03:30pm

Batting coach who can improve the skills at highest level can only be observed after 2 or 3 three different tours, one cannot jugde him with the big or small names. Mr. Zaheer Abbas we all know how good you were, why don't you help Pakistan team rather than commenting on other coaches who has been hired just a weeks ago.. We have stardom players who are not in the announced team for CT.. This is the right time to check Mr.Trent Woodhill with some new and old guys after that all the cricket freaks will analyze about him, Actually Pakistan Team needs a pshycologist for sure, infact this should be done prior of hiring the batting coach players are joining the team playing 4 to 5 games then being dropped for the season this is not going to resolve the area of concern batting/batsman fails due to inconsistency of staying in the team players are not given certain amount of chance if hes failing what is the reason ?? Establish players are ignored due to bad performances "agreed". So putting new players in the team should be prepared mentally how stick with the conditions.

shahid sattar May 08, 2013 04:49pm

This man looks to me is very hungry for a job at Pakistan cricket.What he was doing when Inzamam-ul-Haq walked to the pavilion. And subsequently the match was forfeited due to inzamam's walk out. Did Zaheer played any positive role? For the answer see the video on You tube.