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Pakistan hunt batting coach

2012-10-17 22:28

Islamabad - Pakistan on Thursday launched a search for its first ever full-time batting coach in a bid to boost an area of the side's game that has let it down in major events.

Pakistan unsuccessfully chased a target of 140 in their semi-final defeat against hosts Sri Lanka in the World Twenty20 semi-final earlier this month, again highlighting their weakness when batting second in a limited overs match.

The side also fell behind in their run-chase against arch-rivals India in the World Cup (50 overs) semi-final in Mohali in March last year.

The advertisement on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) website invites applications from candidates with a Level III coaching qualification and five years experience, to be submitted by November 4.

In March, Pakistan hired former Australian batsman Dav Whatmore as their head coach before adding Englishman Julien Fountain as fielding coach and their own former paceman Mohammad Akram as bowling coach.

Former batting legend Javed Miandad, who is also PCB director general, helped the country's batsmen in the run-up to the World Twenty20 last month but has not been willing to do the job on a regular basis.

Pakistan will tour India in December-January before touring South Africa in February next year.

AFP

Comments
  • boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-17 23:36

    these batting collapses have been going on for years and years and will most likely continue forever regardless of who they hire lol

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-18 00:40

      I thought you were going to offer your services, boom. :D

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-18 09:57

      lol barnsey let's apply together, with our vast knowledge of batting collapses, we will probably still do a better job than anybody else they hire. :P heck, we will take over from whatmore even lol

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-18 10:22

      I would love to be Pak's batting coach. Or anybody's for that matter. I would do it in a New Age style. You know, nothing about technique, everything about mental approach. "Shoaib, you are focused too much on technique. The problem lies with your inner chi. Breathe deeply, focus, think positively, find your emotional and spiritual balance. There you go, all better now. Next." When in doubt, BS your way through it. I would also give excellent sideline interviews during the game: "Rich, your team is 48 for 8. Are there demons in this pitch or are the opposition just bowling really well?" "No, Harsha, it's neither of those. It's just that we suck. But it's not all doom and gloom. We travel the world, stay in lekker hotels, get lots of chicks and good moolah too. And we're making a lot of fans very happy. It would be nicer if it was our fans rather than the opposition's but you can't have everything. So, overall, I'm quite happy."

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-18 11:59

      HAHA Barnsey i like that!!

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