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Lawson invites Miandad to help him in coaching

cricket Updated: Jul 19, 2007 18:34 IST

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Pakistan's newly-appointed coach Geoff Lawson wants Javed Miandad, one of the harshest critics of foreign coaches, to be part of his support staff.

"I would like to get Javed on board to be part of the coaching crew, to be part of the system and help out, because he was an outstanding player and a tough bloke as well. We could do with a few of those characteristics," Lawson said.

Miandad unleashed a barrage of criticism over the appointment of another foreign coach.

Lawson, however, feels that the former Test great had much to offer to Pakistan cricket.

"I'm hoping to talk to all those people and see what contributions they can make. We can't control outside influences but it would be good if we could have some of those outside influences being positive," Lawson was quoted as saying in 'The Australian'.

Lawson said hiring foreign coaches had become a trend in the sporting world.

"In the contemporary era of any professional sport, people just want the personnel who are going to do the best for the team.

"In soccer, the world game, how many teams are actually coached by someone from their own country?" Lawson said.

Miandad had criticised the selection of Lawson as coach, saying foreign coaches are a waste of money and they cannot have the same feeling of patriotism as a Pakistani.