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Former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Wasim has revealed that hiring local coaches will play a big role in helping the national team win the 2023 World Cup.
Current Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur’s contract expires after the World Cup concludes later this month.
With the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) set to hold a thorough review, there is a possibility that they will decide against extending his contract.
Wasim feels this would be a good move as the men in green are in desperate need of local coaches who have an in-depth knowledge about the domestic structure in the country.
“Not only selectors but coaches must also be replaced with local ones as we need full-time coaches who [can] spend time in Pakistan, attend domestic matches and keep faith in players as part-timers can’t help Pakistan’s cause,” he told The Nation. “We have four years now to prepare a winning combination, but it [will] only be done if proper local coaches , who know the domestic structure, are hired. These foreign coaches, who hardly spend time in Pakistan, can’t bring long-lasting consistent performances.
“There are lots of things needed to be changed in the current set-up to address the grey areas. Those people who are claiming Pakistan should have played the semi-finals as they had beaten top teams [surprise me]. But they never for a while thought that the rules were made well before the world cup matches started and who stopped Pakistan or any other team for keeping [their] eyes on all areas?
“It is clear that the team management never paid heed towards areas where they should have kept [a] close eye [on]. How can one expect favours from other teams and why [would] they favour or play for Pakistan or any other team?
“We have to undergo a massive revamp and change the entire coaching staff and selectors. Selectors should be appointed [if they] can select fresh faces and the players who have performed domestically.
“Coaches don’t trust players they [have] not watched play. If a genuine criteria for selection is adopted, it would be hard for any team to [beat] Pakistan.”