'Foreign coaches are better than Asians'

Published: Friday, November 19, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Pakistan Cricket Board's chief Shaharyar Khan today said that foreign cricket coaches had an edge over their Asian counterparts, as they can impart advanced coaching using new technology.

"I personally feel that the foreign coaches are totally commputerised and can impart advanced coaching," the PCB chairman told reporters here today.

"Our own coaches, be it in Pakistan or India or Sri Lanka, are not at that level and that is one of the reason all the three countries have foreign coaches for their respective teams."

"I also don't believe that great cricketers can make great coaches as some of the former cricketers like Garry Sobers, Vivian Richards or for that matter Clive Lloyd were never great coaches," Khan said.

He praised Pakistan's new coach Bob Woolmer's contribution to build a young Pakistani team as "a great effort".

"When Woolmer took over as the coach there were lots of eyebrows raised back home and the Pakistani media too were not clearly pleased especially after we lost the series to Sri Lanka."

"However, Woolmer had made it very clear that the results would take some time to come as most of the players were unfit to play at the highest level and he had to work hard to make them match fit," Khan said.

"With the recent success against the Indians in the one-dayers, the criticism has really died down back home and I am sure that the team is in good hands."

Terming India's successful series of Pakistan earlier this year as a "watershed series" in more ways than one, Khan, said "the extraordinary turn out of the public and their sportive attitude even to the Indian team has made it a memorable series".

"I honestly did not expect the people of Pakistan to be as ethusiastic as they did. The public appreciation was so great that Indian vice-captian Rahul Dravid was vociferously cheered when he reached his 90. Dravid was so overawed and surprised at the public support he got that he managed to get himself out in his 90s," he added.

"The message for peace came through during the last series and we got the same response by the marshalled their respective teams without any negative incidents," he said.

Speaking about the growing "illegal bowling syndrome" where two Pakistani bowlers Shabbir Ahmed and Shoaib Mallik are under ICC scrutiny, Khan, said "let us wait for the ICC decision as their committee has recommended the final decision in March".

"But from our side (in Pakistan) we have set up an internal committee to look into the bowling action from school stages itself as this (suspect action) has to be dealt with at the grassroot level itself," Khan added.

"It is also very surprising how any bowler with suspect action, be it Shabbir Ahmed or Shoaib Mallik, reaches to this level (Test) and every Board should see that such bowlers are set right at the earliest," the PCB chief added.

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