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Published: Sunday, February 18, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore: The chief of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Sunday he was fully satisfied with Geoff Boycott's coaching stint here as the former England opener left for Colombo. "I am highly satisfied with Boycott's short but effective coaching stint and we are determined to build on his guidance and help youngsters to raise their standard," Lieutenant General Tauqir Zia told AFP."Boycott has made videos of some 60 young players and that can help our coaches to take on from where Boycott has left."Boycott, hired on a whopping 30,000 pounds for 12 days, left for Sri Lanka to take up a commentary job on the England-Sri Lanka series. Several former Test players here had criticised the contract as a "waste of money.""We will not hesitate in calling any other foreign coach to improve overall structure of cricket in Pakistan," Zia said.Pakistan has lost four home series on the trot in the last two and a half years and their recent 1-0 loss against England sparked a public outcry. Before departure Boycott said Pakistani players were receptive and that he enjoyed the job."Like all youngsters Pakistani youth also need training and I found them very receptive and enthusiastic in taking guidance," Boycott told AFP. "After watching them in the nets I tried to remove their flaws by telling them on video where and what they did wrong. I have been a great admirer of Pakistani talent and the flair in the players, all they need is to streamline their talent."During the 12-day training Pakistani coaches closely watched Boycott's style."It matters a lot who is coaching you and Boycott's short but effective coaching will surely help youngsters," coach Khatib Rizwan said. "I attended his course and am impressed as he told the boys not to be pre-determined in playing shots and many other useful things," he said.Boycott's working trip was sponsored by McDonalds and after four hours training every day the former England opener visited the outlets of the US fast food chain to sign autographs."Fast food is related to fast forward style of One-day cricket and now we would like to help the Pakistan Board in hiring other coaches like West Indian Michael Holding and South African Jonty Rhodes in future," said Akbar Yazdani of Events Unlimited, who arranged Boycott's visit.Copyright AFP 2000

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