Pakistan have asked their former batting great Javed Miandad to help the country’s struggling batsmen ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy that gets underway in South Africa from September 22.
Ijaz Butt, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, said on Thursday that the decision to utilise Miandad’s services as a batting advisor was made during a PCB Governing Board meeting here. He said that Miandad has agreed to take up the assignment and will begin working with the Pakistani batsmen soon.
“It has been decided to have Miandad helping our batsmen,” said Butt, who added that it is a short-term plan.
Pakistan suffered a series of horrific batting collapses during a recently-concluded tour of Sri Lanka where they lost both the Test and one-day series for the first time in history.
Miandad, a former Pakistan Test captain and one of cricket history’s most accomplished batsmen, is currently serving as PCB’s director-general. He had offered in the past to help out the national team’s batters but the PCB decided against it.
However, the poor showing of the Pakistani team in Sri Lanka has brought the cricket board under pressure to take steps to bolster the team’s batting ahead of the Champions Trophy in which Pakistan will be aiming for their first title.
The move to rope in Miandad came from Dr Muhammad Ali Shah, a Board member and Sindh’s sports minister. He also suggested that Mohsin Hassan Khan, another former Test batsman, should also be involved in the team’s training process.
Miandad will also help out the national junior team which is eyeing the junior world title next February in New Zealand.
Following the Governing Board meeting, it seems set that Pakistan manager Yawar Saeed will be asked to resign before the Champions Trophy or soon after the eight-nation contest. Intikhab Alam, the team’s coach, is a contracted employee of the PCB and will complete his tenure.
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