Miandad reveals why he rejected Pak batting coach offer

Javed MiandadKarachi, April 14 : Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad has disclosed that he turned down a recent offer to become the national team's batting coach primarily because he believed there is a need for proper long-term planning in Pakistan cricket rather than stop-gap measures.

"Mainly I didn't accept this position because I believe that there is a need for proper long-term planning in Pakistan cricket and improvement cannot come through stop-gap measures," the Daily Times quoted Miandad, as saying.

"In the past I have had three previous stints with the national team as head coach and they didn't end well. That also influenced my decision," he added.

The batting legend said he saw no purpose being served "by having a team of coaches in the team."

"We already have several coaches for bowling and fielding in the team and you can see the improvement in these areas in recent times," he said.

"It is of no use having so many coaches. There should be one coach and he should be responsible for everything and also be given complete authority to take hard decisions," he added.

Miandad said from a personal point of view that any batsman, who needed coaching after graduating to international cricket, should be dropped from the national squad.

"You don't need to be coached about batting techniques at this level and I say if any player fails for a few matches or is getting out making the same mistakes, drop him immediately and give others a chance. Unless there is merit in selection nothing will move forward," he said.

The former captain also pointed out that players were given chances despite not learning or improving, and that was not good for the national team.

Meanwhile, sources said that Miandad had initially shown interest in becoming Pakistan's batting coach, but wanted more authority than head coach Waqar Younis, which the board did not agree to. (ANI)


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