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Lawson to continue as coach: PCB

Despite coming under heavy criticism from former Pakistani cricketers, the PCB gives its vote of confidence to coach Geoff Lawson.

cricket Updated: Dec 18, 2007 12:58 IST

The Pakistan Cricket Board has said it was not contemplating sacking of coach Geoff Lawson but want the Australian to lay emphasis on making the team 'mentally tough' and more 'focused'.

A senior PCB official said the Board trusted the abilities of the national coach.

"Like captain Shoaib Malik we have full confidence in the abilities of Lawson and there are no plans to change the coach. But after every tour a postmortem is necessary and obviously like everyone else, the performances of the coach have to be reviewed," the official told PTI.

Lawson came in for criticism from PCB Chairman Nasim Ashraf, who held the coach responsible for the Pakistan team's recent ODI and Test series defeats against arch-rivals India.

However, the Board official said it would be foolish to change a coach on the basis of just two series performances.

"But yes we expect Lawson to make the players mentally tougher and stronger on the field and more focused. Aspects which we found missing on the Indian tour," he said.

The official added that Asraf will have talks with Lawosn, after he returns from vacations, next month to have his feedback on the recent series debacle against South Africa and India.

"We would like (to have) his feedback and see what are the areas for improvement in the team. We also want to know from Lawson his future plans for the team."

Lawson has refused to comment on the Indian tour but sources close to him say he himself was unhappy over the inconsistency of the players.

Lawson has also come in for criticism from former Pakistani captains Imran Khan and Javed Miandad, who said he has not played any constructive role as yet.