Work harder, Miandad tells Pakistani players
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