ISLAMABAD: Keeping in view the performance of national cricket team during the past year or so, and the way cricketing standards have gone down in that period, the game is direly in need of someone like Sir Vivian Richards who could inject new energy in the team.
Pakistan’s position at eighth in ODI rankings, seventh in T20 Internationals while fourth in Tests show the poor performance of the team in all the formats. Pakistan’s defensive approach, in an era of fast and attacking cricket, has contributed a lot in formation of these stats.
Fear is the factor which has destroyed national cricket. Fear of getting out, fear of being hit by the batsman and most importantly fear of being dropped from the team if not performed in a match or two, and only Vivian can get the players out of that fear.
Richard’s skills of coaching are evident in the way he is guiding Quetta Gladiators in Pakistan Super League (PSL) which is at the top of the table with 12 points, and that too with brilliant team work.
The way he is gelled up with local and international players, together with his involvement in the game and relaxing attitude even at critical moments is illustrative of his extra ordinary skills which he used to exhibit even during his career as a cricketer.
The man, dubbed by many as the `most destructive batsman of all time’ with an average of 50.23 with the bat in Tests and 47 in ODIs, has a lot of respect for Pakistan cricket.
Sir Viv Richards was known for his ability to take on best of the bowlers aggressively and had passed his whole career without any fear.
He himself has recently expressed willingness to coach Pakistan if given an offer by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
“I won’t decline any PCB coaching offer. At present you have Waqar Younis who is a legend and has done a magnificent job with the team,” he added. “I would definitely give coaching a shot, if given an opportunity, because I feel I have a lot to offer to the game,” the legendary West Indian player reportedly said.
Former Test player and chief selector Iqbal Qasim has also put his weight behind Viv Richards saying that the living legend had cordial relations with Pakistan cricket and if he was hired to coach the national team then there shouldn’t be any problem to anyone.
Former player Rashid Khan said it would be better for Pakistan cricket if Vivian Richards coach the team.
As PCB’s contract with Head coach Waqar Younus is expiring in May 2016, it should seriously consider the big name of Sir Vivian Richards for the post instead of giving extension to Waqar whose two year presence with the team has not proved fruitful.