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Lack of freedom, security aspect most frustrating: Flower

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, Aug 16: Grant Flower said the �lack of freedom and security aspect� is the most frustrating thing about living in strife-torn Pakistan, where he has served as the national team�s batting coach for five years.

In 2014, the former Zimbabwe opener was roped in to coach the Pakistan batsmen, but the country�s Cricket Board (PCB) last week decided not to renew his contract.

Asked what was the most frustrating thing about living in Pakistan during an interview to ESPNcricinfo, Flower replied: �The security aspect and the lack of freedom.�

The former Zimbabwean cricketer termed the Champions Trophy triumph in 2017, when Pakistan defeated India in the final, his �proudest personal achievement�.

Asked what he won�t miss about working in Pakistan, Flower said: �Some of the backstabbing by ex-players. And a lot of the politics that happens within the TV channels, the journalists and some of the politics in the PCB itself. I won�t miss those, certainly.�

Flower rated opening batsman Babar Azam as the best that he has coached and also singled out Haris Sohail as an �underachiever�.

�He�s (Babar) probably the best bloke I�ve ever coached � certainly the best Pakistani I�ve ever coached,� he said.

�I think Haris Sohail is probably an underachiever � I think a lot of people haven�t seen the best of him yet.�

Flower also advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to get a �stronger domestic structure in place� to maximise the potential of the players. � PTI

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Lack of freedom, security aspect most frustrating: Flower

NEW DELHI, Aug 16: Grant Flower said the �lack of freedom and security aspect� is the most frustrating thing about living in strife-torn Pakistan, where he has served as the national team�s batting coach for five years.

In 2014, the former Zimbabwe opener was roped in to coach the Pakistan batsmen, but the country�s Cricket Board (PCB) last week decided not to renew his contract.

Asked what was the most frustrating thing about living in Pakistan during an interview to ESPNcricinfo, Flower replied: �The security aspect and the lack of freedom.�

The former Zimbabwean cricketer termed the Champions Trophy triumph in 2017, when Pakistan defeated India in the final, his �proudest personal achievement�.

Asked what he won�t miss about working in Pakistan, Flower said: �Some of the backstabbing by ex-players. And a lot of the politics that happens within the TV channels, the journalists and some of the politics in the PCB itself. I won�t miss those, certainly.�

Flower rated opening batsman Babar Azam as the best that he has coached and also singled out Haris Sohail as an �underachiever�.

�He�s (Babar) probably the best bloke I�ve ever coached � certainly the best Pakistani I�ve ever coached,� he said.

�I think Haris Sohail is probably an underachiever � I think a lot of people haven�t seen the best of him yet.�

Flower also advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to get a �stronger domestic structure in place� to maximise the potential of the players. � PTI