My performance was not bad: Lawson

Lahore, Oct 29 (UNI) Sacked coach Geoff Lawson believes that his axing had nothing to do with his performance but was influenced by the political changes in the strife-torn nation and in the PCB set-up.

''My performance was not bad at all. I did my best and the players responded well despite the fact that we didn't get to play major series in the last few months due to the security concern issues raised by some foreign teams,'' Lawson said.

''But in the cricket we did get we didn't do badly. I think the decision to release me as coach was the result of the changes in the board,'' he added.

Lawson said whatever he had learnt during his stint with the Pakistan team would come in handy during future assignments.

''It was a great experience working with some quality players and coaching the Pakistan team was a big challenge. But it was also a enjoyable and learning experience,'' he stated.

Lawson praised opener Salman Butt, describing him as a valuable asset for the team.

''Salman is a great prospect for Pakistan and he must be played regularly. Similarly Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf are world class players who play influential roles when Pakistan does well,'' he said.

The former Australian Test pacer will return home on Friday.


Story first published: Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 17:10 [IST]
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