Miandad, Malik against specialist coaches with Pak team
Karachi: Former captains have rubbished the idea of having specialist coaches with the Pakistan team which is presently struggling in the Test series in England.
Former captain and director-general of cricket in the Pakistan Cricket Board, Javed Miandad said he did not believe in the concept of separate coaches.
"I believe there should be just one head coach who should have a strong cricketing background and be able to guide the players in every department. Having different coaches for batting, bowling or fielding will only cause confusion in the team and undermine the authority of the head coach," Miandad said today.
He also noted that having too many assistants would also affect the confidence of the head coach.
"I don`t think the national team is the place for players to learn something or take coaching. I just feel that there should be one head coach who is a good administrator and motivator," Miandad said.
Miandad noted that in international cricket there was no room for learning basics.
"Once you are selected for the national team you are expected to perform as a professional. A coach can only finetune a player," he said.
Some former players have urged the PCB to appoint a specialist batting and fielding coach with the national team after the players floundered in the departments on the ongoing England tour.
Miandad said that the batsmen just needed to learn the art of staying at the crease and putting a high value on their wicket.
"They are giving away their wicket too easily. I think Zulqarnain Haider and Saeed Ajmal showed in the second innings of the second Test how you should fight and play," he said.
Haider and Ajmal featured in a 100-run partnership for the eight wicket in the second Test to save Pakistan from an innings defeat.
Another former captain Salim Malik, who is serving a life ban for his alleged involvement in match-fixing, agreed with Miandad, saying a coach`s job is only restricted to suggestions and guidance.
"There is a limit to what a coach can do. Yes it is the job of the coach to guide the players but at the end of the day. the players have to go out there and perform," he said.
Malik noted that in the past great players like Imran Khan, Miandad or Inzamam-ul Haq did not get specialized coaching while playing for Pakistan but still performed.
"In cricket it is the individual which matters. I think we are laying too much blame on the coaches. What can a coach do if a player does not follow his advice," he said.