Akram pro­poses el­e­vated role for head coach

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

ISLAMABAD—Be­liev­ing that the head coach must lead the over­all coach­ing strat­egy and func­tion, for­mer fast bowler and cur­rent di­rec­tor of cricket for Pak­istan Su­per League (PSL) side Pe­shawar, Mo­ham­mad Akram, has said that the role of Pak­istan team’s head coach must be el­e­vated.

“He (coach) must lead the team’s plan­ning, prepa­ra­tion and coach­ing staff, and take joint re­spon­si­bil­ity with the cap­tain for the day to day per­for- mance of the team. With the cap­tain, he is also re­spon­si­ble for de­vel­op­ing the team vi­sion and strat­egy and must cre­ate a high per­for­mance cul­ture,” he wrote in his col­umn for a prom­i­nent sports web­site sport360.com. He said the na­tional team’s head coach should work as the head coach of the Na­tional Cricket Academy, the head coaches of re­gions and other de­part­ments to de­velop strate­gies to im­prove coach­ing and player de­vel­op­ment across Pak­istan cricket.

He sug­gested to sep­a­rate the shorter and longer forms of the game stat­ing that this would en­sure ap­pro­pri­ate at­ten­tion and plan­ning for each Test, ODI and T20 se­ries or tour­na­ment.

“It will en­sure as­sis­tant coaches have ap­pro­pri­ate de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties by keep­ing the same head coach”.

He also un­der­lined the need to cre­ate a sin­gle point of ac­count­abil­ity within Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) stat­ing that the new role should be en­ti­tled ‘high per­for­mance man­ager.’

“At present, no one per­son is cur­rently ac­count­able or has full au­thor­ity for the per­for­mance of the Pak­istan team.

The struc­ture of the na­tional se­lec­tion panel is sub op­ti­mal and there is a struc­tural dis­con­nec­tion be­tween Pak­istan team, na­tional cricket academy and re­gional cricket.”

He said while the high per­for­mance man­ager would ul­ti­mately be ac­count­able for the per­for­mance of the na­tional team, the roles of the cap­tain, head coach and chair­man of se­lec­tors would also be crit­i­cal.

“The cap­tain re­mains vi­tal. He takes joint re­spon­si­bil­ity with the head coach for the day to day per­for­mance of the team. He re­mains the leader on field and among the play­ing group and is the prin­ci­pal spokesman for the team.

“He is re­spon­si­ble for work­ing with the head coach to de­velop the vi­sion and strat­egy for the team and must set the stan­dard of ef­fort, at­ti­tude and per­for­mance for his side. He must fo­cus in­tensely on lead­er­ship, per­for­mance and de­vel­op­ing a win­ing cul­ture.”

Akram also pro­posed fast-track­ing the play­ers with the most po­ten­tial.

“De­vel­op­ment plans re­gard­ing skill phys­i­ol­ogy and psy­chol­ogy are crit­i­cal and will al­low more ma­ture con­ver­sa­tions to take place with in­di­vid­u­als.

He said there were var­i­ous ar­eas, which needed to be im­proved across all lev­els of cricket in Pak­istan, with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on the re­gional game, where play­ers are de­vel­oped and learn their core skills.—APP

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