The newly appointed batting coach of Pakistan women’s cricket team Iqbal Imam observed massive improvement in girls’ behavior and said that they have learned professionalism in the last couple of years.
“When I last coached them [Pakistan women team] a year ago they were on a track of improvement but I think with the hard work of foreign coaches they have changed themselves,” Imam said while talking to the media in Karachi.
Imam said that his priority as a batting coach would be to address the weaknesses of the batters and try to mend them with different techniques. “What I have observed so far is that our batswomen are facing problems while playing short balls and running between the wickets and I have discussed it with the team management,” he said.
“Our batters have the ability to hit big shots but there is a need to play with confidence and finding gaps,” answered Imam on a question regarding lack of power-hitting ability.
The 49-years-old Imam, who has a vast experience of coaching and is a part of PCB’s coaching staff since 2007, thinks that each player has to give her best against South Africa in their upcoming series of ICC Women’s Championship starting from May 6.
“Playing against South Africa in their backyard is not going to be easy for us. We have to plan things strongly and try to catch their weaknesses as soon as possible,” said the former first-class cricketer.
It is pertinent to mention here that the PCB on April 8 confirmed the appointment of Imam as new batting consultant for their women team. He replaced Andy Richards following the board’s motive to invest more in women’s cricket and give opportunities to talented local coaches.