Miandad ready to work with Lawson

The former Pakistan captain and coach says he has "no ego" hassle in working with the Australian.
Updated on Jul 19, 2007 07:12 PM IST
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PTI | By, Karachi

Former Pakistan captain and coach Javed Miandad on Thursday softened his stance on newly appointed Geoff Lawson, saying he had "no ego" hassle in working with the Australian, who wants him to be a part of "coaching crew".

Miandad, who had lashed out at the country's Cricket Board for hiring the Australian to coach the national team and also described him as an "average" player, mellowed down after Australian media reported Lawson as saying that he would like to take the three-time national coach's inputs for the job.

"My top priority has always been Pakistan cricket and if Lawson wants my advice or help and if ever he wants me to work with him I have no ego problems doing that," he said.

Miandad, who played against Lawson in eight Tests between 1982 and '84, had earlier said "I am not keen for a job but our own players can do a better job than foreigners".

Lawson, however, told 'The Australian': "I'd 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 among the guys at the moment.

"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."

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