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Aqib Javed criticises Pakistan’s coaching setup

The 49-year-old termed Misbah’s appointment as head coach as a travesty for Pakistan cricket

Aqib Javed criticises Pakistan’s coaching setup PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan’s former cricketer Aqib Javed, while talking to media personnel on Tuesday, criticised the coaching setup of the country stating that the development of coaches in the country had been at a standstill for many years.

The 49-year-old termed Misbah’s appointment as head coach as a travesty for Pakistan cricket while appearing baffled at the start-stop nature of Waqar Younis’ coaching tenures.

“Waqar Younis has assumed the responsibility of coach for the Pakistan team five times in the last 15 years. Nowhere in the world can you see something like this. Waqar has been busy doing commentary and making comebacks to the Pakistan side. It is strange that he has only coached Pakistan and then gone back. He should now learn to coach. Making Misbahul Haq the head coach was a travesty against the Pakistan team. I think the new coach will be a foreigner. The development of coaches in Pakistan has been at a standstill for many years. The coaches in the high performance center are not qualified. It is not always the case that a big player will make a good coach,” Javed said.

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The former cricketer also believed that the national team was compromising on fitness standards which will not bode well for the team going forward.

“Fakhar Zaman is a match winner in T20 cricket. He should have been in the side. Pakistan does not have a proper opener heading into the T20 World Cup. They had to compromise in fitness as far as Azam Khan’s selection is concerned. If Pakistan wants to win against top teams then they have to raise their fitness levels and standards. If they keep compromising then the fitness culture in the team will fade away,” he concluded.