Thatscricket - News - ~~I was attracted by Pak~~s flair, talent~~
Published: Tuesday, February 6, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2000
"Despite criticism, the Pakistan Cricket Board took a bold decision and I will fulfill the confidence reposed in me," Boycott told AFP, following his arrival on Sunday in the eastern city of Lahore."I have been a great admirer of the natural flair and talent in Pakistani players and only that prompted me to take this coaching job."Pakistan has a great talent and the only thing is to streamline this and the academy will do that," Boycott said, referring to Pakistan's first cricket academy, which opened in Lahore Monday."My main task is to polish the talent in up-and-coming players because seniors like Saeed Anwar and Inzamam-ul-Haq don't need any coaching now," Boycott said.Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Lieutenant General Tauqir Zia defended Boycott's hiring."The vision 2005 announced by the PCB will bring far-fetched results in Pakistan cricket and Boycott's hiring is the first step."Whosoever thinks this is a waste of money can think so, we are sincere to Pakistan cricket and the results will prove that," he said.General Zia said Pakistan's cricket structure would be modelled on Australia. "We sent our officials to Australia to ascertain their coaching process and its always good to follow the best setups," he said.But former Pakistan captain Intikhab Alam was less than enthusiastic about the decision, saying, "If Boycott is so good why has he never been offered a post in the England team?"Pakistan have lost their last four home series, three of them under coach and former Test great Javed Miandad.