Controversies and Pakistan cricket go hand-in-hand. There has not been a single coach in recent memory who completed his tenure with the National side without facing a controversy or departed on a good note. Former Zimbabwe batsman Grant Flower is the latest coach who faced the same situation as Pakistan Cricket Board decided against extending his contract as the batting coach.
Grant Flower has opened up on his experience of coaching the Pakistan team for five years. Unsurprisingly, his revelation had some surprising claims. The Zimbabwe legend gave an insight on just how tough it is to coach the Pakistan team as he talked about the politics related to the team and the backstabbing from ex-players. “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,” Grant Flower was quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
At the same time, Grant Flower heaped praise on the players being so passionate to play for Pakistan. “The passion of the players and the natural flair and their love of the game. It was such a nice thing to see because they’ve got so much to gain by playing for Pakistan and so much to lose by not playing. It’s such a big thing for them and their families,” he said. Flower also said that Babar Azam was certainly the best Pakistani he had ever coached. Flower wished the Pakistani fans all the best for the future and asked them to continue being supportive and passionate. “I just want to wish them all the best for the future and being supportive and passionate, which they already are. And have faith. Have faith in the players and stick behind them. Look for the positives as opposed to the negatives,” said Flower. Grant Flower had been with the Pakistan team since 2014 before Pakistan Cricket Board decided not to extend his contract. In Flower’s last assignment, Pakistan exited the World Cup at the group stage. The men in Green finished fifth in the points table.