Karachi: Former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram has welcomed the Pakistan Cricket Board’s decision to appoint the current Director General of the board, Javed Miandad, as the batting consultant of the national team.
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“Javed Miandad is a hard-working man. Then he knows the ins and outs of batting technique. He is one of the greats of his times. So it’s nice to have a big name like him in the side. He is street fighter and players should learn from him,” the Daily Times quoted Akram, as saying.
Akram however added that chief coach Waqar Younis, bowling advisor Aaquib Javed and Miandad would have to “work together to build the future of Pakistan cricket”.
“If Waqar, Aaquib and Miandad could combine well then Pakistan will immensely benefit from their experience. They can do wonders for Pakistan cricket as long as they stick together,” Akram told a sports channel.
That the Misbahul Haq-led Pakistan side played well against South Africa in the recently concluded two-Test series in the UAE was a “good omen,” felt the legendary left arm fast bowler.
“It was a good omen for Pakistan cricket that they drew the series against one of the top sides of the world,” Akram said.
Misbah scored an unbeaten 76 in the first Test, while the 36-year-old batsman managed to garner 77 and a dogged 58 not out to rescue Pakistan in the second Test as well.
“Misbah played good cricket and displayed some exemplary leadership qualities. I believed that he was a stop-gap arrangement for Pakistan, but if he is given more time, he will surely do well in the job,” Akram opined.
He also expressed his happiness over the inclusion of former captain Younus Khan, who hit an unbeaten 131 in the first Test against Proteas in the UAE.
“Younus returning to the side is a big plus for Pakistan. He is a senior player, who played well in the Test matches as well. He will be a good No.3 or No.4 in the batting order. Younus’ presence will be of great help when chasing big scores,” said Akram.