LAHORE: Javed Miandad and Wasim Akram, two legendary cricketers of Pakistan, have refused to coach the Pakistan team while also making known their opinions on the matter of getting a foreign coach for the job.
“I am not able to accept the post of coach, which the PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt has been offering me from day one due to my own family problems,” Javed Miandad told reporters here on Wednesday. As for Wasim Akram, he, too, met with the PCB chief to announce that he just didn’t have the time for it.
“I am busy with my commentary assignments until 2012, so I cannot accept the offer myself,” he said.
When asked if a foreign coach would suit the national side, Miandad said that it was up to the PCB to take a decision in this regard.
But Wasim went on to say that he believed that no foreign coach had any interest in the Pakistan team and that a local coach, too, could serve the purpose well.
“Ijaz Ahmad has done a good job in New Zealand as coach of the Under-19 team [in the Junior World Cup]. The outfit was declared as a very well-behaved team there,” he pointed out.
He was of the opinion that coaches, if handled professionally, could give better results. However, both Miandad and Wasim were willing to coach the boys for short terms.
Wasim said though Shahid Afridi had done a bad thing by biting the ball in the last One-day International against Australia, he had been penalized for it.
He said Afridi was a natural leader and it was with his induction that there was suddenly a spark in the team, which was a good sign.