Karachi: Hailed from Bermuda, Pakistan women’s national team newly appointed head coach David Hemp shed light on local talent which inspired him to become a part of cricket-loving nation.
During his first appearance before journalists as national team’s head coach at National Stadium on Thursday, Hemp talked about what attracted him to apply for the vacant position.
“I think it was Pakistan’s exciting talent which impressed me a lot and here I am as a national women’s team coach,” said the former Bermuda cricketer.
“I saw these girls playing in T20 World Cup earlier this year in Australia. They have the determination to become one of the top sides and I hope they become very soon,” he added.
Hemp, who has a vast 30 years of experience on coaching side, said he brings all his experience of 30 years by coaching several teams in Australia, UK, and Bermuda. The 49-years-old believes by the time he will be able to gell with the team and achieve his prime target which is to let this team find its place into top four.
“I am here to coach these girls and all the experience I have is for them. But, things can’t be changed immediately and we obviously need some time to understand each other. It is better to sit and talk with different perspectives to plan things with a smooth command. I hope with such an approach we will be able to achieve our goals,” he said.
During the presser, hemp was asked to share his thoughts on existing power-hitting issues in the women’s team. “For me, it is not important for a player to hit only sixes. If they can clear the boundary, that’s enough. We want runs and I think fours can do the work. Power-hitting is important nowadays but then as I said, it needs a lot of power, and when players utilize their power, injury risk increases. So, my plan is to work with players to make them capable of hitting the ball hard and not only sixes,” he highlighted.
Hemp said he is all set to plan things through conversating with players and selectors including Urooj Mumtaz and Marina Iqbal. “I think only through conversation we can get the things falling on the right track. I have already discussed a few things with Urooj and Marina and I am really looking forward to working with mutual understanding,” he said.
“I see potential in this team and I want them to become one of the top teams around the world. Currently, England and Australia are the top two women sides and what makes them prominent is consistency. The same thing we will try to bring in this team and that is only possible when we work together,” he concluded.