Foreign coach is answer to Pakistan cricket: Lawson

Karachi: Former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson has suggested that PCB should replace outgoing Waqar Younis with a foreign coach since only an influence-free character could take the team forward.

Younis has decided to step down after the Zimbabwe tour.

Lawson, who was sacked by PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt before his contract ended in late 2008, said that only a foreign coach was the answer to Pakistan cricket`s problems.

Lawson is currently with the Indian Premier League side Kochi and feels that the foreign coach should be aided by a full set of specific coaches for Pakistan to rise from the controversies and indifferent form on the field.

"I said it when I left as well, Pakistan need a foreign coach. Whether you come from Karachi or Lahore, the pressure on you from external sources doesn`t let you do the work properly.”

"A foreign coach won’t have that excess baggage. He won`t worry about politics but will just concentrate on making the best team he can. In my time, language wasn`t a problem. The common language was cricket and that`s all they had to understand," Lawson told reporters from Australia.

Lawson cited example of his IPL team, where players speak different languages but it`s not a problem at all.

"In my Kochi team, some players don`t speak Hindi so they communicate in English. It`s just an excuse of not appointing a foreign coach despite all the experience and assistance he can bring to Pakistan cricket."

Lawson, who played 46 Tests and 79 One-Day Internationals for Australia, also blasted former captain Shahid Afridi for his run-in with the Board which has led the team to a captaincy crisis.

"He`s playing well enough and I`d love to see him in the team. However, he needs to realise he`s not the most important person in the team. He`s a part and that needs to dawn on him.”

"He doesn`t accept criticism and thinks he`s bigger and better than the team. That won`t lead him anywhere."

He ruled out his return as Pakistan`s coach but Lawson did predict a struggle for the PCB in finding a decent long-term coach quickly due to the way individuals have been treated in the past.

"They will have a very, very difficult time. Not many will be willing to trust them because of how they`ve acted in the past but I`ll still tell the PCB to get a foreign coach even if it`s a short, six-month contract.”

"It`s not so much the situation but the chairman’s reputation just isn`t good enough for him to invite foreign coaches over to Pakistan."


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