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Miandad could be coach of Pakistan: Richards

cricket Updated: Mar 22, 2007 11:09 IST

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West Indian great Viv Richards on Thursday said that Javed Miandad could be the right candidate to take over as the next coach of the Pakistan cricket team.

Richards said after Bob Woolmer's death on Sunday, former Pakistan captain Miandad could take the responsibility as he was a passionate follower of the game.

"He could do the job, purely because of his love and passion for Pakistan cricket," Richards told BBC Sport.

"Every time I have met him I have been impressed by his desire to see a successful Pakistan team," he said.

Richards said he "cannot understand how a team containing high quality players", like Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Mohammad Asif and Shoaib Akhtar have failed to win more regularly.

"This is a group of players who have not fulfilled or played to their ability, for whatever reason. It needs someone to go in there and bring out those talents on a consistent basis."

"Javed has seen and done pretty much everything in the game and is a strong character. No-one knows more about Pakistani cricket than he does."

"I know it didn't work out for him last time but maybe there were factors in play that time that might not be this time," he said.