17 July 2007

Lawson starts Pakistan role

As expected Geoff Lawson was officially announced as coach of Pakistan yesterday. I've been trying to find any evidence of his previous coaching and he seems to have done some specialist coaching with Glenn McGrath, Nathan Bracken and Stuart Clark, but I can't find more than that. Lawson himself seems to need to defend his appointment, saying blandly "I am involved in a lot of coaching in Australia".

There are already a few dissenting voices already, unsurprisingly, given that Dav Whatmore's credentials appear far stronger. And the Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik is clearly worried about Lawson's credentials to coach the batsmen, from his comments. Lawson will be hoping for a good start in terms of results, because if they don't come I worry for him that he won't see out his first year, let alone his second, when his contract expires.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Your right, Henry has very limited coaching credentials. I know he does some work with some of the young NSW bowlers, but I don't even think this is through NSW cricket, but with his old Grade club. This doesn't necessarily mean he will be a poor coach, though it is a risk from Pakistan's point of view. When he was captain of NSW at the end of his first class career he did develop quite a reputation for being super attacking and a result driven skipper so it will be interesting to see what direction he takes the Pakistani's.