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Former Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad believes legendary pace bowler Wasim Akram should be appointed as head coach of the national team.
Miandad’s comments come after there has been a lot of speculation surrounding Mickey Arthur’s future as head coach following Pakistan’s failure to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals.
However, Miandad feels that it is time someone local is given a chance, and reiterated that Akram is the best man for the job.
“Look the world is availing from the expertise of Wasim Akram and our other players as they tell their players practically through demonstrations how to remove faults and improve [their] performance. Their tips are doing wonders. So, if other nations are availing from their expertise why can’t we ourselves benefit from our former great cricketers?” he told APP as quoted by cricketpakistan.com.pk.
“They’ll at once jump to take the credit if players perform well under them. But if they (players) [fare] poorly in some international event, they put the blame on the players, saying they (players) are unwilling to learn and improve their skills. You can hire the services of a foreign professional coach if you don’t have experts in that field. But if you have more competent people at home for that slot, then it would not be fair to rope in a foreigner.
“You may hire coaches at the district level. These coaches may use laptops or other digital coaching methodologies for the strength and conditioning of our upcoming players. But at the highest level we need someone who can train them on the ground and remove their weaknesses.
“The ground reality is that the majority of our players have rural backgrounds. They come from villages and rural towns where they still don’t have access to computers or laptops. Their upbringing as professionals has not been done like that. Now, if you will try to train them that way, they will not be able to adapt to the changes.
“True, digital coaching has worked a lot in foreign countries. But there is a hell of a difference between their systems and that of ours. That is why I say we need trainers at the senior level and not coaches.
“If you feel their appointment is imperative then send them to the cricket academies. Don’t make your own greats players work under them (foreign coaches) at the highest level.”