If Miandad`s not ready, bring some other batting great: Afridi

Last Updated: Apr 11, 2011, 15:55 PM IST

Karachi: Pakistan`s limited overs captain Shahid Afridi has said that if former captain Javed Miandad is not available to take up the role of the batting coach for the national team, other former Pakistani batting greats or a foreign coach could be brought in.

After Miandad politely turned down an offer to become the batting coach of Pakistan and accompany the team on the upcoming tour to the West Indies, saying he couldn`t take over as full-time coach at the moment, Afridi immediately came out with an extremely curt reaction.

"If he is not available then the board can hire other batting greats that this country has produced or even look at a foreign batting coach," said Afridi.

It is an open secret that Miandad is not keen to work under the supervision of head coach Waqar Younis and wants absolute power as a coach but Afridi feels Pakistan cricket has not produced just one great batsman and other options could also be explored.

"Pakistan cricket has to move on and it is not that we have produced just one great batsman in the past," Afridi added.

Afridi had earlier told the media in Lahore, after meeting the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ijaz Butt that if a student had problems in one subject he obviously sought the help of the teacher who is best in that subject.

"And I don`t think in batting one can find a better teacher than Javed Miandad," Afridi had said.

But the sources informed that the war of words broke between Afridi and Miandad because the current skipper had first privately spoken to the latter and convinced him to come on board as the batting coach despite the presence of Waqar as the head coach.

"Afridi is upset because he was under the impression that Miandad knew the situation clearly and was ready to join the team. That is why he made the statement in the media," a source told reporters.

Miandad, who is presently the director-general of the PCB, has also not taken kindly to Afridi`s comments in the media and told the "Express" daily newspaper that if a player who has already played over 100 ODIs and 50 Tests needed a batting coach then he should not be part of the national team.

"These players get paid around Rs 300,000 to 350,000 per match and they are expected to perform under pressure for Pakistan and if they can`t do that and if they still require a batting coach now it is best they went back to the academy or domestic cricket to sort themselves out," said Miandad.

He also made it clear that he didn`t agree with the concept of having different coaches in the team.

"There should be one coach and he should be responsible for everything. When I was the coach I looked after everything. Having so many coaches only upsets things in the team."

He further pointed out that players like Sachin Tendulkar, AB de Villiers or Michael Clarke didn`t need batting coaches to perform.

"I think the pressure of losing the semi-final to India is still being felt and talk about having a batting coach to help the batsman is just a diversion," Miandad told the newspaper.

The veteran of 124 Tests and 233 ODIs and regarded as one of the finest batsman produced by Pakistan, has in the past been the national team coach thrice -- the last time in 2004 -- but everytime he has either left the job or been told to leave by the PCB in rather acrimonious circumstances.

Sources say that former captain and Pakistan`s most capped player Inzamam-ul-Haq is another prime candidate to work with the national team as batting coach.

PTI