PCB awaits Lawson's report on India tour

Lahore, Jan 10 (UNI) Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are still awaiting coach Geoff Lawson's report, after the national team suffered a series whitewash in both forms of the game against arch-rival India.

PCB's Chief Operating Officer (COO), Shafqat Naghmi said, ''We are yet to receive his (Lawson's) report on the tour and are looking forward to getting it soon.'' It is expected that Lawson will submit his report on the tour after arriving in Karachi later this week.

''We are expecting him (Lawson) to reach Karachi ahead of a two-day camp involving the best performers of the domestic season,'' Naghmi told 'The News'.

Pakistan had a largely disappointing tour of India during November-December when they lost the One-day International series 2-3 and the three-match Test series 0-1.

Most of the national players attracted bitter criticism over their failure to come up with performance to shine in India and later the PCB announced it would carry out a postmortem into the causes behind the defeats against the Indians.

PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf publicly expressed his disappointment over the performance of the national team in India and said that coach Lawson has some questions to answer.

He also stressed that the team lacked professionalism and the coach is answerable for it.

The PCB top brass is scheduled to meet here on January 16 to discuss several issues including their report on the tour of India which they are supposed to put in front of the PCB Governing Board that meets in Karachi on January 25.

There are indications that members of the Governing Board would be asking the PCB and the team management some tough questions over the lost series in India.

''We are preparing a report on the tour of India and have to include Lawson's viewpoint in it before submitting it to the Governing Board,'' said Naghmi.

The PCB wants Lawson to witness the 'High Performers' camp that would include some talented youngsters currently knocking at the doors of international cricket.

The camp will take place on January 12 and 13 just before the start of Zimbabwe's tour opener.

The 50-year-old, Lawson was appointed as Pakistan coach last summer with hopes that the former Australian pacer would help Pakistan become the number one side in the cricket world.

He replaced Englishman Bob Woolmer who died in mysterious circumstances during last year's Carribean World Cup.

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Story first published: Thursday, January 10, 2008, 14:46 [IST]
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