Hanif urges PCB to ap­point new bat­ting coach

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Test cricket leg­end Hanif Muham­mad has urged the Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) to ap­point a new bat­ting coach for the na­tional team, cit­ing poor show­ing by the bats­men in re­cent times.

Hanif said "cur­rent coach Waqar You­nis can­not teach bat­ting to the play­ers" and there­fore there is a dire need of ap­point­ing a new bat­ting coach. "The coach should be from Pak­istan so he can man­age the play­ers well," he added. Hanif said in the Asia Cup Twenty20 opener against In­dia, Pak­istani bats­men bat­ted poorly and there­fore the bowlers were un­able to de­fend such a low to­tal. "Our bowlers bowled mag­nif­i­cently but were un­able to de­fend such a low to­tal," he said, adding Pak­istan should have in their minds a tar­get of about 130-150 when they bat first.

"It is very un­for­tu­nate that our bats­men couldn't even stand at the crease for 20 overs when they bat­ted first," he added. Hanif, who was named as a Wis­den Cricketer of the Year in 1968, also said Khur­ram Man­zoor should have been sent in to open in­stead of Muham­mad Hafeez. "Hafeez is good at one down and should have been sent at this num­ber," he said.

The bat­ting great be­lieves that Pak­istan's T20 skip­per Shahid Afridi is a good cap­tain. "Afridi is a very good cap­tain and it was bad luck that he got run out against In­dia oth­er­wise he would have scored well," Hanif said.

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