Work harder, Mian­dad tells Pak­istani play­ers

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

KARACHI: For­mer Pak­istan cap­tain Javed Mian­dad spent an af­ter­noon with the na­tional cricket team on the field at La­hore's Gaddafi Sta­dium on Wed­nes­day and then de­clared that the boys are keen to fine tune their tech­nique in the lead up to the World Cup.

Mian­dad, who has been roped in as Pak­istan's bat­ting and field­ing con­sul­tant, said that he will try to use his vast ex­pe­ri­ence to help out the coun­try's strug­gling bat­ters.

"This is the right time for our play­ers to learn a thing or two from us," Mian­dad told 'our sources' on Wed­nes­day. "We have a week to dis­cuss a few things and work on them be­fore the team leaves for New Zealand," he added.

Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) wants Mian­dad to travel with the team to New Zealand for a tour that pre­cedes World Cup 2011 but the le­gendary bats­man doesn't sound much in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a part of the tour­ing party.

"I think that as bat­ting con­sul­tant I can be use­ful dur­ing this camp but I'm not sure whether it would help the boys if I'm with them on the tour. In New Zealand, their fo­cus should be on de­liv­er­ing rather than learn­ing any new things," he said.

There have been re­ports that Mian­dad is un­will­ing to be­come a part of the team as a full-time bat­ting con­sul­tant in or­der to avoid work­ing un­der Waqar You­nis, Pak­istan coach.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­ports Mian­dad, who has served as the na­tional coach on three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions in the past, wants an in­de­pen­dent as­sign­ment but the Board is adamant that he re­ports to Waqar.

How­ever, Mian­dad de­nied such re­ports say­ing that he doesn't have any ego prob­lems. "I've been given a re­spon­si­bil­ity and would do it for the sake of my coun­try," he said.

Mian­dad said that too many cooks spoil the broth. "I don't have any ego prob­lem. Per­son­ally I be­lieve that Waqar is the team's coach and he should have author­ity. -Ap

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