PCB to give Lawson full freedom

The Pak Board says the newly appointed coach will be given full freedom to select his support staff and implement policies.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Karachi
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2007 01:59 PM IST

The Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday said that newly appointed coach Geoff Lawson would be given full freedom to select his support staff and implement policies in the interest of the national team.

"Lawson will have a big say in the appointment of the new support staff for the team including trainer, physiotherapist and perhaps batting and bowling coaches," PCB Chairman Naseem Ashraf said.

Ashraf denied that the Board had already decided to attach former Test players Haroon Rasheed and Aaqib Javed as batting and bowling coaches, respectively, with Lawson.

"No decision has been taken on this and all these things would only be sorted out when Lawson reaches Pakistan next month," he said.

The PCB Chairman, however, did not elaborate on how much say would Lawson have in team selection matters and if he would be involved in the finalisation of the squad for the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa in September.

The national selectors are due to announce the final squad on August 10 after a series of trial Twenty20 matches between the probables presently attending a conditioning camp in Lahore which would be shifted to Karachi this week.

Lawson is due to reach Lahore on August 15 but PCB officials said his arrival could be delayed for a few days as he had to wrap up some details with Australian state side, New South Wales, with whom he is attached with as coach.

Unlike late former coach Bob Woolmer, who had some issues with ex-captain Inzamam-ul Haq, over the growing religious culture in the team, Lawson had no problem in this regard.

"Lawson has said he has no problems with the boys' religious activities as long as they don't affect their cricket preparations and understanding. Secondly, some minor changes need to be made in the team culture if it is to achieve positive results," one well-informed source said.

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