Pakistan will benefit with a foreign coach - Geoff Lawson

Pakistan will benefit with a foreign coach - Geoff Lawson
Geoff Lawson (left) coached Pakistan between July 2007 and October 2008.
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Former Australian pace bowler Geoff Lawson feels that Pakistan will have a major advantage if a foreign coach is appointed for the national team.

Lawson, who played for Australia between 1980 and 1989, coached Pakistan between July 2007 and October 2008 and was appreciated for his work ethics.

Pakistan are currently in search of a new coach after the resignation of Waqar Younis, who stepped down after the 2016 ICC World Twenty20.

Dismissing the notion that coaching Pakistan is among the toughest jobs in world cricket, Lawson said that the job has the same kind of challenges which a coach of any other nation will find in his tenure.

However, Lawson added that the biggest issue for a Pakistan coach will be the lack of home matches which he feels will make it difficult to connect with the fans.

“I guess like all jobs it's got its challenges,” Lawson said in an exclusive interview with

“The fact that Pakistan cannot play any cricket at home is a big part of the issue.

“You don't get the home support of the fans which makes things all that much more difficult and nobody else in world cricket has that problem at the moment.

“My experience with Pakistan cricket was a very positive one with all the players and the administration.

“I didn't find the role particularly difficult or any more challenging than what it what would have been like coaching another side like India or Sri Lanka.

“I think the role has challenges but they're all good challenges to have.”

In the recent past, Pakistan have done well in Test cricket but their form in limited overs cricket has suffered and the latest results in the Asia Cup and the World T20 have been underwhelming.

When Younis resigned, he submitted a report to the Pakistan Cricket Board where he was highly critical of the board’s selection policy and the captaincy of Shahid Afridi.

Though Younis resigned before his contract expired, Lawson feels that the former Pakistan pace spearhead did a good job with the national team.

Lawson further reasoned that a foreign coach will have less involvement in the internal politics of the board, which will be beneficial for the team.

“Watching from a distance, I think Waqar Younis has done a good job.

“I actually think being an 'outsider' has its advantages as you are in a position where you don't feel the internal pressure and politics and you can just get on with coaching the team.

“The time when I was in the role I think Pakistan benefited from having an international coach rather than a home coach and we also got lots of local coaches to help and be around the team.

“I think it's a big plus for the Pakistan team if they have an overseas coach.”

Pakistan are slated to tour Australia in December this year and they will play three Test matches and five One-Day Internationals in the campaign.

Urging Pakistan to adopt a positive approach, Lawson stated that the role of the captain and the coach will be key in the tour of Australia.

The 58-year-old went on to say that with the pitches in Australia getting flatter and more batsman friendly, Pakistan will have a really good chance in the series if they play good cricket.

“Pakistan have to approach the tour positively.

“It's no good saying we never do well in Australia and worrying about the pitches.

“They just have to be positive. A lot depends on who is going to be captain.

“Misbah-ul-Haq has a great attitude to the game and it's no surprise Pakistan has done so well in Tests under his leadership.

“He knows how to lead and him being in charge in Australia will be very important for Pakistan.

“But what is also important is for Pakistan to have the right coach when they tour Australia.

“If you get people motivated and playing to their full potential, then you can win anywhere.

“The wickets in Australia are a lot flatter these days and there's a lot less pace and bounce in them now than there was ten or twenty years ago.

“The pitches in Australia will suit Pakistan more now than they ever have.”

Pakistan’s next international assignment will be the tour of the United Kingdom in July where they play four Test matches, five ODIs and a T20I against England and two ODIs against Ireland.

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