Miandad turns down offer to become Pak`s batting coach

Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad has turned down an offer from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to take over as the batting coach of the national cricket team.

The director-general cricket of the PCB confirmed that he had informed the board that he would not be able to immediately join the team and accompany them on the tour to the West Indies because of prior commitments.

"As it is, I believe you cannot change the technique or style of a batsman once he is in the national team. I think the main job of the batting coach is to guidethe batsmen in different matches on how to adjust to different pitches and how to counter specific opposing bowlers," Miandad said.

The former Pakistan coach said while he was always available to serve Pakistan cricket, he would not be able to go to the West Indies.

"I am committed for a few months but I am there to guide the players in the training camp and work with the youngsters in the National Cricket Academy. I will discuss taking this responsibility full time after the West Indies tour," Miandad added.

However, the sources close to Miandad said that he was not comfortable with the idea of working in a support staff team headed by chief coach Waqar Younis.

Miandad believes that if he is to be successful as a batting coach he will require independence to implement his plans," the source said.

"Miandad being a very senior player also obviously wants certain powers to work as batting coach," the source added.

The board offered the position of batting coach to Miandad after a meeting took place between the Chairman of the PCB Ijaz Butt and Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi.

Afridi had told the media that the team needed a batting coach to sort out the batting issues and he believed there was no better person for this post than Javed Miandad.

"I am grateful to Butt sahib and Shahid for reposing faith in me but I have conveyed my point of view to them," he said.

Miandad, meanwhile, supported the selectors` decision to include some new faces in the team and rest the senior players for the One-day series in West Indies.

"I think the West Indies is a good starting point to begin testing out some new players and this time we should start our preparations for the next T20 World Cup and the 2015 World Cup well in advance," he said.

He felt that players performing well in domestic cricket needed to be given a chance to show their worth in the international circuit.


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