Pakistan confirmed on Tuesday that former captain Javed Miandad had turned down an offer to become the side’s batting coach for personal reasons.
The team has been let down by faltering fielding and under-achieving batsmen and Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt and one-day captain Shahid Afridi had asked Miandad to come on board, manager Intikhab Alam said.
“The Pakistan team surely needs a batting coach and the board approached Miandad but he unfortunately declined the offer because of personal reasons. But I am sure that he will come and help the players in the near future,” Alam told reporters during the team’s training camp for the West Indies tour.
Pakistan fly out to the Caribbean early Thursday to play one Twenty20 International, five ODI matches and two Tests.
Miandad’s Test batting average never dropped below 50 throughout his 20-year career. His 8,832 Test runs at an average of 52.57 remains a record today.
The right-hander, now a PCB director, had initially hinted that he was willing to help out the squad but also said he was not willing to tour.
Alam said he was nevertheless happy with the team’s preparations for the West Indies.
“I can say this with great satisfaction that this team maintained exemplary discipline during the World Cup and I am also happy with the fitness level of the team because, unlike the other teams, we didn’t have any serious injury problems during the mega event,” said Alam.
Alam said the team had moved on since their 29-run defeat in the World Cup semi-final against arch-rivals India.
“It was great disappointment to lose in the semi-final and I can tell you that players wept in the dressing room. But since then they have moved on which was very necessary,” said Alam, also a former captain and coach.
He said he hoped new players would put in strong performances during the West Indies tour.
“We have selected some new players in the team as we felt that the West Indies tour will help us groom some youngsters and I hope these players grab this opportunity,” said Alam. Cricket365