Geoff Lawson speaks highly of Salman Butt and Amir
Pakistan former head coach, the Australian, Geoff Lawson who succeeded Bob Woolmer as coach of Pakistan cricket team in July 2007 has hailed the tainted Pakistan opener Salman Butt and expects the left handed batsman to make a comeback sooner rather than later in the Pakistan national side. Salman’s talent excites Lawson but he believes that it depends on Butt’s willingness and motivation level to succeed once again in international cricket.
“When I was his coach, he was an outstanding talent. That talent doesn’t go away, but it depends on how much you are motivated and how much you still want to do well,” he said. “It wouldn’t surprise me if he made a successful international comeback,” he added according to Associated Press of Pakistan.
Lawson was also impressed with left arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir and appreciated the way the pace bowler was bowling since making his comeback after the infamous spot fixing scandal.
“Amir was working with the Under-19s and even then he looked very impressive. I am pleased that after a difficult period he has come back bigger and stronger and is bowling terrifically well,” he said.
Lawson was surprised to the see the resistance faced by day-night test matches but he admired Pakistan’s stance on this and their approval to play day-night test match in Australia.
“Well done to Pakistan in agreeing to play a day-night Test match in Australia. The pink ball is not that different from the red one, you just have to practice with it,” he said. “We use red or white, so why not use pink cricket balls? Pakistan should be congratulated on agreeing to play in Australia with the pink ball,” he added.
Geoff Lawson was quoted by Pakpassion.net