Thursday 10 January 2008 

Pakistan Coach Lawson After Psychologist For Team

Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson wants to bring in a sports psychologist for his side. The former Australian fast bowler said, "I have made some recommendations to the Pakistan Cricket Board and one of them is having a sports psychologist with the team."

Lawson, under pressure after series losses to India and South Africa, has been told by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that he is expected to get more out of his players.

"I agree it is the job of the coach to make the team work," Lawson admitted. "I am in charge but I need professional help as well to assist me.

"We had a lot of positives in India despite the defeats and I'm looking forward to the coming series against Zimbabwe and Australia."

Pakistan host Zimbabwe for five one-day internationals starting later this month before Australia arrive in March.

However, they have yet to confirm their tour in light of political unrest in the country.

"I have no problems with the security in Pakistan," Lawson added. "I tried to clear some misconceptions and play down some hype about the situation in Pakistan during informal talks with Cricket Australia."

He called on captains to show more responsibility in the aftermath of the controversy surrounding the Indians in Australia.

"There is a lot of history between the two teams and it is not just about the Sydney test," he said. "A lot of things led to the problems.

"But there is greater responsibility on the captains to control their players and avoid such situations."


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