Arthur needs to understand the local cricket culture, says Lawson


Former Pakistan head coach Geoff Lawson has advised Mickey Arthur to consult the Pakistani greats like Wasim Akram and Javed Miandad during his stunt as the national team head coach.

In an interview to Mid-Day, the former Australian pacer and the ex-head coach of Pakistan Lawson suggested Arthur to understand the local culture before implementing his methodology, “As long as Arthur understands how the local cricket culture works and how to get the best out of players, he’ll succeed,” he said.

Lawson, who had a forgettable time with Pakistan as a coach has warned Arthur of the pressure of ex-players and media in the country, thus he should seek help from the local legends, “Rather than fighting with former players, Arthur needs to get them on his side because their experience is valuable, which could be utilised,” he said. “It would be silly not to use the experience of the likes of Wasim Akram or Javed Miandad,” he added.

Geoff Lawson revealed the reason behind Arthur’s failure as the coach of Australian side, according to him, the South African didn’t understand Australian cricketing culture that costed him. Arthur has already said that Pakistan needs to change their style of cricket to succeed.

Lawson also predicted that Arthur might face some stress from outside during team selection and his success depends on how he deals with the situation.

“Even though I was one of the selectors along with three other selectors and the captain, at times I got outvoted,” he said. “If someone else selects the team, you have to do the best you can with it, rather than fretting over it.”

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