Thursday, January 13, 2011

Miandad offers to become batting consultant again

Pakistan batting legend and former captain Javed Miandad has once again offered his services as a batting consultant prior to the World Cup. In a refreshing development which will be beneficial to Pakistan’s chances in the mega event.

Miandad is said to be encouraged by the patience and determination showed by the Pakistani batsmen during the win against New Zealand in the first test. He spent a few days coaching Pakistani batsmen before they went on to tour New Zealand and his advice seems to have helped the test batting line-up.

The previous move came after various attempts by the PCB to play down the need for a batting coach for the national team amidst numerous batting failures on the tour of England during the summer.

The media and former players criticized the PCB for having Waqar Younis & Aaqib Javed as a part of the coaching staff when the real need for the team was for a batting coach.

Miandad has served the PCB in various capacities after his retirement and is currently holding the position of Director Operations. He has held the head coaching position on the famous tour to India in 1999 and was keen to replace Intikhab Alam earlier this year after he was relieved of his head coaching duties.

It will be curious to see whether Waqar Younis & Javed will establish a healthy working relationship once more or will there be another clash of egos between the two men. One thing is for sure though that our young and upcoming batsmen will definitely learn a few tricks from the finest batsmen the country has ever produced.

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