Pak­istan in talks with Viv Richards for coach­ing role

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The sight of Sir Vivian Richard cel­e­brat­ing Quetta Gladiators' suc­cess has per­haps been the high­light of the Pak­istan Su­per League (PSL) for many cricket fol­low­ers. But Pak­istan fans may be in for a big­ger treat af­ter a cricket board of­fi­cial re­vealed that ef­forts to get the 'King' on the na­tional team in a coach­ing role were un­der­way ahead of the World Twenty20 in March.

"We are in talks with Sir Viv Richards to take on the role of bat­ting con­sul­tant for the World Twenty20," a PCB of­fi­cial told Dawn on the con­di­tion of anonymity. Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial, Richards' com­mit­ments as a tele­vi­sion ex­pert will not al­low him to take on a big­ger role. Richards, who is the team men­tor of the Gladiators side, had ear­lier ex­pressed his de­sire to work with the Pak­istan team and said he wouldn't turn down an of­fer from the team.

"Waqar You­nis at present is do­ing a great job with the Pak­istan team, but if given an op­por­tu­nity to take up a coach­ing as­sign­ment with Pak­istan cricket, I would def­i­nitely give it a shot as I be­lieve I have a lot to of­fer to the game," Richards was quoted as say­ing.

Dur­ing his glit­ter­ing ca­reer, Richards played 121 Tests amass­ing 8,540 runs with a stag­ger­ing av­er­age of 50.23 scor­ing 24 cen­turies and 45 half-cen­turies. He was well ahead of the time and played at a brisk strike-rate even in that era as he ac­cu­mu­lated 6,721 runs in 187 One­day In­ter­na­tion­als at an av­er­age of 47 with a fan­tas­tic strike-rate of 90.20. The right-handed bats­man scored 11 cen­turies and 45 fifties in ODIs and is still re­garded as one of the most fear­some bats­men of all-time.

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