Cuz Lawson wants it, ‘that’ way!
Calling it a ‘Killer Instinct’, Lawson says that current Pakistani Cricket lacks in it and he wants to bring up this stimulus among Pakistani Cricket Squad. Ladies and Gentlemen: The fourth stage for the preparation of Twenty-20 World Cup has formally begin and Pakistan new Coach Geoff Lawson has arrived in Lahore last Tuesday.
Regardless of all the glittering offers that attracted many of the Lions of Pakistani team (Inzimam, Youhana, Razzaq and Farhat) – the new couch Lawson is still committed and see loads of hope for killer instinct in the new blood rather than the old ones. He was of the view that Pakistani team are training well, however predicted a tough fight in the inaugural World Cup.
The 49-year-old former Australian paceman arrived in Pakistan this week to take up his post and prepare for the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup. Appointment of Lawson is not just a test on Pakistan, but a test on himself too. It is pertinent to mention that Geoff Lawson would be really tested in Pakistan, especially with his Man-Management skills. Many coaches have problem dealing with Speedster Shoaib Akhtar, a mercurial paceman known as much for his mood-swings rather his bowling. But Lawson once again issued a statement which confirms his commitment to his goals, and high hopes:
“Any side that wants to be world’s best needs aggression, the killer’s instinct and must play to its strength and that’s what I would be looking at,”
Lawson looked pretty excited after having his first interaction with the Pakistani players on Tuesday and then overseeing a training session in the evening.
“Let me say I am thrilled and honoured to be here and meeting with the players. The enthusiasm among the players is outstanding and they are eager to do well”.
Commenting on the Indian Cricket League (ICL Rebel) case, Lawson said four Pakistani players – former captain Inzamam-ul Haq, senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf, opener Imran Farhat and Abdul Razzaq – joining the breakaway Indian league on Monday would not have a direct affect on the rest of the squad.
He has been brought in on a two-year contract with the Pakistan board, who have also appointed a former Australian rugby trainer to raise the fitness levels of the players. :-)
Lawson is Pakistan’s third foreign coach since 1999 after South African Richard Pybus and Bob Woolmer. I wish things move forward with the killer instinct under his era on all the levels of Cricket in Pakistan and have an everlasting effect even after his tenure.
– What do you guys think of his selection?
– Also, what do you think of the four Lions turning their back towards Pakistan?
References: Wikipedia, AFP, ABC, PCB, Sepoy@Flickr.