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Legendary Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad has called on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to appoint Faisal Iqbal as the national team’s batting coach.
While the choice is no doubt surprising, Miandad firmly believes that Faisal can transform Pakistan into a formidable batting side.
He also believes that Faisal can help take some of the pressure off head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq, who he feels is “overburdened”.
Faisal, 37, represented Pakistan in 26 Tests, where he scored 1,124 runs, which included a century and eight fifties, at an average of 26.76.
He also accumulated 314 runs in 18 ODIs, which included a hundred, at an average of 22.42.
“I think that the board has overburdened Misbah by assigning him the dual responsibilities of head coach and chief selector. The board needs to be a bit realistic and think out of the box by appointing a specialised batting coach,” Miandad told APP as quoted by cricketpakistan.com.pk. “I think the board was reluctant to hire Faisal due to his relationship with me. But if you speak on merit, he deserves to serve as Pakistan’s batting coach.
“Faisal [has] done coaching courses from England and is the best possible option for the batting coach position.”
Miandad added that the PCB have to hire players who excelled during their careers so that they can pass their knowledge on to the next generation.
“We need to give authority to our local greats who can pass on their skills in the best possible manner to the players at the regional level,” he said.
The 62-year-old further pointed out that learning the basics and being mentally strong are key to becoming a world-class player.
“See how great figures they had become by learning the basic techniques,” he said. “Our players don’t think of making big runs therefore lag behind in chasing even small totals. We need to improve the mentality of our batsmen.”