Wasim Akram cau­tions against over-coach­ing

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KARACHI

As Pak­istan's search for a bat­ting coach con­tin­ues in an ef­fort to ad­dress the re­cent slump, for­mer cap­tain Wasim Akram has cau­tioned against over coach­ing when it comes to the na­tional team. "Who­ever is coach­ing Pak­istan should tell them - meet­ings should be 15 min­utes be­cause if you let it run for 16 min­utes they'll for­get the first 15. These de­tails are im­por­tant," Akram told me­dia per­son.

Akram em­pha­sized that quick think­ing and re­act­ing in­stinc­tively in cricket is bet­ter, es­pe­cially for a team like Pak­istan. "Dif­fer­ent ar­eas have dif­fer­ent men­tal­i­ties, the sub con­ti­nent, Eng­land, South Africa, Aus­tralia wher­ever. The less we think the bet­ter it is for us as it gives us less time to clut­ter our heads, so you have to be straight for­ward," he added.

Akram said that a lack of con­fi­dence among the play­ers was the main prob­lem, adding that the tal­ent is present and just needs to be uti­lized prop­erly.

"Pak­istan need a bat­ting coach to teach these young kids the fun­da­men­tals of bat­ting. You used to see bats­men go­ing onto their front foot to hit their shots, when you see Pak­istani play­ers they don't do that. They don't seem to have the con­fi­dence to come out. "I look at the bats­men like a bowler: 'how can I get them, where are their weak­nesses', and see some­one like Mo­ham­mad Hafeez, who isn't a front foot player, as a tar­get. What they need is con­fi­dence, the tal­ent is there," the 46-year old said.

Mean­while an­other for­mer Pak­istan player, Za­heer Ab­bas, has of­fered his ser­vices to the Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) for the post of the bat­ting coach. "Our bat­ting has not been up to the mark con­sis­tently and I want to work with them to bring about this con­sis­tency and hunger for runs," Ab­bas said. Dav What­more is cur­rently the head coach of Pak­istan with Mo­ham­mad Akram as the bowl­ing coach.

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