Wed. Jul 28th, 2021

Local or foreign head coach: Why does it matter?

(Correspondent): Pakistan Cricket Board’s head hunt to find the new head coach moves one step further as the advertisement for the post has been put up, but there is one question that is being asked by everyone. Will the head coach be a foreigner or a local legend?

The question may seem a little too uncalled for. Why does it matter so much? A good head coach is a good head coach, why are we more concerned about his nationality and not his stature or experience in the job?

The answer can only be found if we look closely at the pool of players with which the new head coach will work and also the system in which he will be asked to produce results.

Pakistan has had a very bad relationship with merit, as a country, and also in the management of the game of cricket.

Nepotism has been at the core of Pakistan cricket since the very beginning. Players were called in and pushed out of squads and teams merely on the basis of liking and disliking.

Pakistan cricket’s Pandora box is full of well-known but never proven cases of favouritism and discrimination (read Fawad Alam between the lines), and this just might be the reason to not appoint a local coach for a team like Pakistan.

Former coaches of the national team who played cricket for Pakistan before becoming coaches, have nothing good to show, not in terms of performances, but in terms of their time as the man in charge of the team.

Reported by: Ch. Mudasar Iqbal