Over the past several months, a number of adjustments have been made to Pakistan’s cricket system, including a complete reorganisation of its cricket board. Ramiz Raja’s dismissal led to the appointment of Najam Sethi as the Pakistan Cricket Board’s chairman.
Skipper Shahid Afridi was also chosen as the team’s temporary head selector until being subsequently replaced by Haroon Rashid. There have also been rumours regarding the coaching post over the previous several weeks, and Mickey Arthur of South Africa is one of the front-runners for the job.
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Later, it was revealed that Arthur will coach the Pakistan squad “online,” garnering strong criticism from former cricketers like Afridi and Misbah-ul-Haq, another former captain.
Sikander Bakht Doubts If Pakistani Players Will Take Domestic Coach Seriously
Sikander Bakht, a former batter for Pakistan who played in 26 Test matches for the nation, said Arthur may become the team’s director. He also made a significant assertion on foreign influence in leadership positions in Pakistan.
In order to illustrate his perspective, Bakht used his own time as the team’s assistant coach from 2000 to 2003.
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“I was with the Pakistan team as assistant coach from 2000-2003. The guy who was above me hadn’t played a single ODI, but everyone listened to him. He was a South African, I don’t remember his name. Once, I tried to tell something to one of the players but he interrupted me, saying ‘I’ve played 40 Tests, you’ve played 26. Let me handle it’. He actually said that.
Do you think any of these can tell anything to Babar, Shadab, Shaheen? If someone comes up and tells them anything, they will…” Before the anchors of Geo Super halted him, Bakht said.
Players Are Scared Of Foreign Coaches: Sikander Bakht
Bakht said that there is a requirement for a foreign presence when one of the anchors spoke about the necessity for a person who makes sure everyone pays attention to them.
“Foreign coach ke saath ye log (players) sahi rehte hain. Vo angrez rehta hai toh ye log uss se darte hain (These players are kept in check with foreign coaches. Because he’s a foreigner, they are scared of him),” said Bakht.
“You see, we had Javed Miandad, Waqar Younis, Saqlain Mushtaq, and Mohammad Yousuf as coaches. But no one could handle the players,” remarked the former cricketer for Pakistan, who played in 26 Tests and 27 ODIs for the team.
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