Late Arrival of Lawson

Written by Fahd Mirza on August 15th, 2007   (159 views)

Geoff Lawson, the former Australian Test bowler, expressed astonishment over the late arrival of Lawson.

“What is Geoff Lawson doing in Sydney?”

Lawson should be in Pakistan soon after the Pakistan Cricket Board appointed him as the new coach. Geoff Lawson can not play an effective role in preparing the strategy for the Twenty20 World Cup.

Geoff has to know the psyche of each player and the local cricket atmosphere with a big handicap of communication problems and it is expected that Lawson will not get enough time to meet all the challenges in such a short period while he was appointed new Pakistan coach in mid July in place of late Bob Woolmer. He is scheduled to reach Pakistan on August 21, just 20 days before the start of the Twenty20 World Championship.

Obviously, if Geoff Lawson was here in Pakistan during the third phase of the training camp in Karachi, he would have some role in the Pakistani team selection for the Twenty20, which was essential.

Does our national selectors took a right decision by dropping Muhammad Yousuf and Abdul Razzaq while the South Africans also gave rest to seasoned Jacques Kallis for the Twenty20 World Championship?

No doubt, both Muhammad Yousuf and Abdul Razzaq are world-class players and they have done a lot for the country, but Twenty20 cricket required alert fielding, good running between the wickets and line and length bowling to win matches.

On the other hand, no player should be banned for playing in the proposed ICL as t was the right of every player to secure his future. There is no need of imposing ban on those cricketers who intend to play the ICL and the PCB should not stop any one from doing so.

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