Next Pakistan head coach should be a local: Sarfraz Nawaz

Reverse swing pioneer says “no foreign coach can improve Pakistan cricket.”

By Web Desk
August 17, 2019
Sarfraz Nawaz has backed Abdul Qadir to become the next chief selector and Aqib Javed to be the new bowling coach of Pakistan cricket team. — Photo: AFP/File

Legendary seamer Sarfraz Nawaz has advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to appoint the next head coach of the national cricket team from within Pakistan instead of opting for another foreign name, Dawn reported on Saturday.

Since the board decided against renewing former coach Mickey Arthur’s contract, several former players have opined that a local trainer should get the nod next time.

While most such calls appear to be the product of xenophobia, Nawaz has at least offered some logic to why he thinks the trend of appointing foreign coaches needs bucking.

“Foreign coaches do not remain in Pakistan for longer periods. And furthermore they are not very much interested in extensively travelling to different cities for witnessing talent players featuring in domestic cricket,” Sarfraz, who famously pioneered reverse swing, is quoted as saying by Dawn.

“Therefore, no foreign coach can serve the purpose of improving Pakistan cricket, which can be achieved only by keeping permanent focus [on job]. For this reason, I believe talented Pakistanis should be hired as head coach, and batting, bowling and fielding coaches.”

‘Misbah for coach, Qadir for chief selector, Javed for bowling gig’

Nawaz seemed content with the PCB’s decision to make former captain Misbah ul Haq the camp commandant of a pre-season training camp — a major sign that he could be the next head coach.

Recent reports suggest that the PCB, in an unprecedented move, is mulling giving both the coaching and chief selector’s positions to Misbah. Nawaz would rather go the old fashioned way as he mentioned his old pal Abdul Qadir for the job most recently held by Inzamam ul Haq.

For the bowling coach’s gig, he tipped Aqib Javed, the head coach of Pakistan Super League franchise Lahore Qalandars. While Qalandars’ results under Javed have been horrific at best, the hapless franchise has indeed produced at least two young pacers: the precocious Shaheen Shah Afridi and express pacer Haris Rauf.

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