ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir on Wednesday said veteran batsman Inzamamul Haq should have been appointed the national team’s batting coach instead of chief selector.
Qadir criticised Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) of incompetence in the selection of the new chief selector for Greenshirts. “PCB is unable to pick the right man for the right job,” he said. “One can easily see a batting coach job would suit Inzamam better since he has been one of the greatest-ever Pakistani batsmen,” Qadir told the APP.
The veteran spinner said that poor batting performance in recent tournaments was the main reason for Pakistan’s failure. “We all know that batting was where Pakistani team lagged behind other teams in Asia Cup and World T20,” he said. “I appeal to PCB Patron-in-Chief to kindly intervene and appoint a former cricketer who can run the board in a better way,” he added.
The 60-year-old lamented that the issue is imperative for the future of Pakistan cricket. “If we are unable to solve this matter, then the future of our cricket is bleak at best,” he said.
He added that there were many top cricketers in Pakistan who can run PCB in a better way than it’s the current administrators. “In my view Majid Khan, Javed Miandad and Zaheer Abbas know cricket way better than the [current] administrators,” he said.
Talking about the appointment of a coach for the national team, Qadir said there should be no head coach and captain should be handed the responsibility of the team. “The captain should also be a member of the selection committee so the rest of the squad fears him and subsequently play with more responsibility,” he said.
Qadir said that he is totally against the employment of foreign coaches who coach other countries instead of their own. “How a player who earned fame and name because of his country can coach another nation,” he said. “We have a lot of talented coaches in Pakistan, so why bother to look for them abroad,” he added.