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Coaching Pakistan team a challenging task: Lawson

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The Pakistan cricket team’s newly appointed Australian coach, Geoff Lawson says coaching a young team was a challenge for him and he has set some goals which he would endeavour to achieve gradually.

“It is my first coaching assignment with a Test playing team and of course it is challenging in the given circumstances as hopes are high to lift the performance level of the team,” he told newsmen at his maiden press conference after starting his two-year contract with the team here at the National Cricket Academy on Tuesday.

Lawson sounded upbeat when asked how he feels being associated with the Pak team. “It is an exciting job in which my endeavour will be to work step by step to motivate the team to win a major title in next two years.”

The coach was confident to get maximum help and cooperation from all the team members to turn his thoughts into reality.

“I left my home and country to take up an assignment which is tough and I have seen a will to learn and a passion to compete among the players and that has added to my confidence,” he asserted.

He said his job starts with a test of abilities as the team plays in next month’s Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa.

“My aim is to progress ahead focusing on the present task and future commitments and it is essential to have good results from the beginning because it would eventually help in achieving big targets,” he said adding “I want to see the team progressing with each event (series).

The Australian coach said Twenty20 cricket is an exciting form of the shortest version of the game and termed it an interesting concept.

“We have to apply certain tactics and a changed approach to attain the desired results in the Twenty20 World Cup,” he said.

He said his first interaction with the team members was very encouraging and he was impressed to see a high level of cricket passion among the players.

Geoff Lawson said the main objective is to create consistency in the performance of the team and if this goal is achieved then the team can lift any title.

“I am focusing any target, my specific goal is to help this team capable of showing consistency in all forms of the game,” he added.

He rejected security fears while in Pakistan and said he feels comfortable and sees no threat to his safety while coaching. “Maybe the main reason is that I have frequently travelled to this part of the world and felt quite comfortable whenever I visited here,” he said.

The newly appointed coach said the Pak team’s young talent has to go a long way in international cricket and the key to success is to develop a culture among players being consistent.

Answering a question, he said he would also endeavour to get benefit from the supporting staff of the team including batting coach Haroon Rasheed who has been appointed for the Twenty20 World Cup.

To another question, he said he has faith in players as well as in the young captain of the team Shoaib Malik and all are excited to work with him in a collective cause which is to boost the performance of the team.

He said joining of the Indian Cricket League (ICL) by some players was an affair directly concerned with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and he would try to change the mind of dashing batsman Mohammad Yousuf in this regard. “Certainly I will be meeting with Yousuf so that he may change his mind and be a part of the team because he is an experienced inform batsman.

“If some players are not there, obviously it will make some difference, but I will be trying my best to get the best out of the present young players,” he said.

Geoff Lawson said he received a lot of moral support and encouragement from the letter written to him by Gill Woolmer wife of the Pakistan team’s late coach Bob Woolmer.

“She wrote highly about Pakistan, its people and the passion of cricket there and specially about the Pakistan team and I got a lot of inspiration from it (the letter) and I would say late Woolmer was a great coach who did his job with devotion and commitment,” he concluded.

Source:Cricket News

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