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    "I feel safer here in this environment than I would on some streets in Auckland" : Mark Coles

    The Kiwi coach of Pakistan's women's cricket team believes the time is right for New Zealand to tour the nation.

    New Zealand Cricket are considering a request from the Pakistan Cricket Board to send the Black Caps to Pakistan for their Twenty20 series in November.

    New Zealand last toured Pakistan in 2003, a year after a bomb blast outside the Black Caps' team hotel ended their 2002 tour early. The Sri Lankan team bus was the target of a terror attack in Lahore in 2009, with Pakistan moving their home matches to the United Arab Emirates ever since.

    Pakistan played an exciting brand of cricket in New Zealand last summer, and have invited the Black Caps to tour in November.
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    Pakistan played an exciting brand of cricket in New Zealand last summer, and have invited the Black Caps to tour in November.

    Mark Coles, who took the role as Pakistan women's coach last year, said New Zealand should tour safe in the knowledge that security in Karachi and Lahore is extremely tight.

    "I have a young family. I have two daughters, and my wife back home in New Zealand," Coles said on the phone from Karachi. "I don't have any concerns for my safety here.

    "To be honest with you, I feel safer here in this environment than I would on some streets in Auckland."

    Coles is one of a number of international coaches involved with Pakistan cricket. South African Mickey Arthur coaches the men's side, with Zimbabwe's Grant Flower and Australian Steve Rixon as assistants.

    While security for the coaches is tight - "I have security with me if I go across the road to get a coffee" - Coles said he is able to live a worry free life in Pakistan.

    "I've never felt threatened here. The Pakistani people are lovely people, and they absolutely love New Zealanders," Coles said.

    "They're very passionate people. You have to understand, if New Zealand were to tour here it would mean the world to Pakistan, to the people.

    "They would fill the stadiums four times over. If New Zealand played 25 games here, they'd all be sell-outs.

    "They're cricket mad, but most of the kids here only ever get to watch cricket on television. It would mean the world to them to watch their team in person."

    He said New Zealand's reputation is particularly strong in Pakistan. Kiwis are seen as "the best people" and there is a strong following for players like Kane Williamson and Tim Southee, as well as old greats like Richard Hadlee.

    Coles believes it will take one of the top cricketing nations to visit Pakistan for the rest of the world to follow suit.

    "It would be great if New Zealand were to be brave and come over. It will take one of the top nations (NZ, Australia, England or South Africa) coming over here for the others to realise it's okay."

    Coles is overseeing Pakistan's preparation for the Asia Cup in June, before playing Australia in October and the women's World Twenty20 in November.

    New Zealand is due to play three tests, five ODIs and three Twenty20 matches against Pakistan in November.

    On Wednesday, New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said his organisation was "completing due diligence, consulting security providers, the Government and the players" over the proposed Pakistan visit.

    "It's important we go in with an open mind," White said.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/cricke...on-in-november
    Last edited by MenInG; 4th May 2018 at 12:36.


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    I think he got carried away with selling out stadiums 4 times over even if NZ played 25 games here lol
    But point taken

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    Perspective: His family is in NZ.

    Would they be back home if he were UK coach?

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    Security for just going across the road for a coffee? Is that a sign of safety? I would be very worried if i need a guard accompanying me even while picking up a coffee nearby...not sure why this guy is comparing this kind of scenario with streets in Auckland...sure he doesn’t need security to pickup a coffee across one auckland street..does he? This tells the difference between situation in other countries and in Pakistan as far as foreigners are concerned

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    Looks like a nice guy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Corridor of Uncertainty View Post
    Perspective: His family is in NZ.

    Would they be back home if he were UK coach?
    hmm fair enough but you also gotta look at perhaps kids are in school, wifey has a career

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corridor of Uncertainty View Post
    Perspective: His family is in NZ.

    Would they be back home if he were UK coach?
    When Gary Kristen was the Indian coach , his family didn't move to India with him. In fact IIRC the main reason for him quiting , was that he wanted to be with his family more. Does that mean India is unsafe?

    Point is I don't think most people move their family to a foreign country just for a few year stint.

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    Neighbors are more worried about his security then he himself.

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    Pakistan Women’s Team head coach Mark Coles says New Zealand Cricket has contacted him and seek input regarding security situation in Pakistan, as PCB requested Kiwis to play a T20 in the country.

    Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had recently requested Australia and New Zealand boards to tour Pakistan for at least one Twenty20 international.

    Cricket Australia immediately rejected PCB’s request, however, the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) is carrying out ‘due diligence’ after a request to play a T20 game in Pakistan.

    Talking to Business Recorder Mark Coles said that New Zealand Cricket has made contact with him and seek updates regarding security situation of the country.

    “They asked me about my input regarding the security situation in Pakistan and I have given them a positive response for their tour of Pakistan,” he said.

    “I am have been here for long and I haven’t faced any untoward incident yet. In New Zealand we have a population of about 4 million and still we have some issues, and here a population hovers 200 million so there are some issues because everyone is not the same.”

    Pakistan cricket have suffered allot in nine years without international cricket. But now it is the time that International cricket should fully return to the country, Coles said.

    The world is not safe place now, so we should accept it and move ahead, he added.

    The head coach further said, “See once men teams start touring Pakistan, then we will invite women teams to come and play here.”

    It is needless to mention here that New Zealand last toured Pakistan in 2003, the year after a suicide bombing outside their Karachi hotel killed 15 people.

    International fixtures have been slowly returning to Pakistan, with Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, a World XI and West Indies all visiting the country without incident.

    Commenting on the recently concluded Departmental T20 Women’s Cricket Championship, he said we have organized a great tournament here in Karachi. It was quite fascinating to see school and college girls coming here in the stadium and watched the final match.

    “I am quite surprised to see such great talent in Pakistan. It will now be difficult to select a team for upcoming Asia Cup. But I will try my best to find the best possible combination for the tournament.”

    Praising the standard of Pakistan women, he said day by day they are raising the bar. We performed really well, but we fell short in New Zealand. However, we have good results in Sri Lanka.

    “I have already set my sites of 10 to 15 girls, who would be playing in the Asia Cup or representing Pakistan in near future,” he added.

    It is pertinent to mention here that, The 2018 Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup will start from June 03 in Malaysia.

    https://www.brecorder.com/2018/05/10...with-security/


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Pakistan Women’s Team head coach Mark Coles says New Zealand Cricket has contacted him and seek input regarding security situation in Pakistan, as PCB requested Kiwis to play a T20 in the country.

    Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had recently requested Australia and New Zealand boards to tour Pakistan for at least one Twenty20 international.

    Cricket Australia immediately rejected PCB’s request, however, the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) is carrying out ‘due diligence’ after a request to play a T20 game in Pakistan.

    Talking to Business Recorder Mark Coles said that New Zealand Cricket has made contact with him and seek updates regarding security situation of the country.

    “They asked me about my input regarding the security situation in Pakistan and I have given them a positive response for their tour of Pakistan,” he said.

    “I am have been here for long and I haven’t faced any untoward incident yet. In New Zealand we have a population of about 4 million and still we have some issues, and here a population hovers 200 million so there are some issues because everyone is not the same.”

    Pakistan cricket have suffered allot in nine years without international cricket. But now it is the time that International cricket should fully return to the country, Coles said.

    The world is not safe place now, so we should accept it and move ahead, he added.

    The head coach further said, “See once men teams start touring Pakistan, then we will invite women teams to come and play here.”

    It is needless to mention here that New Zealand last toured Pakistan in 2003, the year after a suicide bombing outside their Karachi hotel killed 15 people.

    International fixtures have been slowly returning to Pakistan, with Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, a World XI and West Indies all visiting the country without incident.

    Commenting on the recently concluded Departmental T20 Women’s Cricket Championship, he said we have organized a great tournament here in Karachi. It was quite fascinating to see school and college girls coming here in the stadium and watched the final match.

    “I am quite surprised to see such great talent in Pakistan. It will now be difficult to select a team for upcoming Asia Cup. But I will try my best to find the best possible combination for the tournament.”

    Praising the standard of Pakistan women, he said day by day they are raising the bar. We performed really well, but we fell short in New Zealand. However, we have good results in Sri Lanka.

    “I have already set my sites of 10 to 15 girls, who would be playing in the Asia Cup or representing Pakistan in near future,” he added.

    It is pertinent to mention here that, The 2018 Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup will start from June 03 in Malaysia.

    https://www.brecorder.com/2018/05/10...with-security/
    Looks like the NZCB are seriously considering the request and not just saying no “politely” by saying they will consider it - as you had previously indicated?

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    Quote Originally Posted by msb314 View Post
    Looks like the NZCB are seriously considering the request and not just saying no “politely” by saying they will consider it - as you had previously indicated?
    I am guessing that 'due diligence' will be done but chances are low, imo


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    Good to hear some nice views from a foreigner regarding how safe he feels in Pakistan and comparing it to some streets in NZ.

    What's also good is that finally the women's team has a foreign coach too as they were in dire need to get a revamp and have a change.

    Their performances had been awful for some time and hopefully know they can learn a few things and actually compete a bit better.

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    Coles concerned about state of Pakistan women's cricket

    Pakistan Women's Team Head Coach Mark Coles is concerned about the current state of their cricket, especially due to lack of bench strength.

    While talking at the National Stadium in Karachi, Coles voiced his concerns about the women's game.

    "We don't have adequate bench strength which is why we have to rely on the current bunch of available players," said Coles. "This is a worrying factor as all other cricket playing nations are progressing at a swift pace as compared to us."

    Coles also talked about the initiatives required to improve women's cricket in Pakistan.

    "We need to find substitutes for our senior players by working on the grass root level," he said. "I have given my recommendations to the Pakistan Cricket Board but it is now up to them to implement them."

    He also spoke about the fitness level of the team by stating: "We need time to take our fitness standards to the desired level but we are working extensively in this regard.”

    Pakistan team will begin preparing for the upcoming T20I and ODI series against the West Indies in a training camp, starting on Thursday.

    "We will look to improve our game in all three departments - batting, bowling and fielding, " he said. "We are hopeful about putting up a good show in series against Windies."

    https://cricketpakistan.com.pk/en/ne...womens-cricket


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    The streets of New Zealand
    Based on the prowess of the All blacks , you know he has a point
    The international community need to open up their eyes


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    If PCB increases the wages of the players a bit we might see some new talent, I personally know someone who was quite talented and was going to join the Pakistan's womens cricket team but due to the incredibly low wages, she chose to focus on her studies.

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    I wouldnt take a team to South Auckland ether.

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    KARACHI - Mark Coles, the head coach of Pakistan’s women cricket team, has called for the formation of an ‘A’ team in an attempt to improve Pakistan’s standards in international competitions. Speaking to media in Karachi on Saturday, the New Zealander said that it is unfair to pick players directly from domestic teams and immediately thrown into international cricket.

    “We need an A team, we have talked about it. You can’t keep picking players from domestic teams or the bank’s teams and throw them into international cricket. None of the good sides do that. Australia has A team, U19 team. So has India and South Africa. It is unfair on them [Pakistani players],” Coles said while highlighting the importance of giving players enough exposure before they are picked for the national side.

    He also highlighted the importance of participating in women’s leagues internationally to provide Pakistani girls an experience of how things are abroad as far as women cricket is concern. “I think it’s really important for our girls that this happens. There is a league in Bangladesh coming up soon and I think a couple of our players have been invited to it,” he said.

    “We would love at least two or three to be involved in the Big Bash. I was talking to Andy (Richards) who has been with Brisbane Heat and he feels that there could be a couple of or three of our players who would be more than capable of playing over there,” the head coach of the Pakistan women team stated.

    He, however, expressed his satisfaction with the way the team has performed, saying it was heading in the right direction. “I think that there is certainly some improvement in the batting with it being more positive. There are little improvements in the fielding, and we are starting to back up more and understand what our job is. I’d still like to see some of the bowling being a little bit more consistent,” he said.

    “I’m really pleased with it, going really well at the moment, so I’m very happy with where we’re heading,” he responded when asked about the team’s preparation for the upcoming series against West Indies. When asked, the coach said that he was looking forward to finishing among the top four teams so that it can qualify directly for the World Cup.

    “Well, that’s the plan yeah. That’s exactly what we want to be doing. We are sitting at six at the moment. We obviously want to do that and it’s a big series against the West Indies [who] are obviously a very good side making the T-20 semi-final. So they are going to be a challenge for us,” he said.

    https://nation.com.pk/20-Jan-2019/ne...tandards-coles


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    Mark Coles steps down as national women’s team coach

    • Iqbal Imam appointed interim head coach

    Lahore, 3 October 2019:

    Mark Coles has stepped down as Pakistan national women’s team head coach citing family reasons and will be returning to New Zealand next week.

    Coles took over the responsibilities in October 2017 and had a contract until the end of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Australia 2020 to be held from 21 February to 8 March.

    Mark Coles said: “It is with a very heavy heart that I have decided to step down from my coaching role, something which I had enjoyed tremendously. However, at this time my family responsibilities are such that they need my undivided attention and focus.

    “I have been thinking about this for some time and taking into account Pakistan has some critical assignments in the next few months, I thought it was fair to the side I convey my decision to the Pakistan Cricket Board so that they have enough time to find a replacement.

    “I have thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Lahore and working with the women’s team as well as all those who are associated with women’s cricket. It was been particularly pleasing to see some of the girls grow in stature and make their team and country proud.

    “I will miss working with all these girls and will always remain their supporter and well-wisher. I have no doubts the Pakistan national women’s team will continue to make an upward progress.”

    PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said: “I am fully aware of Mark’s personal reasons and appreciate that despite pressing matters, he remained committed to Pakistan and the national women’s team. I would like to place on record our thanks to Mark for his contribution during his tenure.

    “But family has to come first and in this relation, I understand and accept the reasons for his departure, though it is sad to see him leave at a time when the team has started to show signs of significant improvement.”

    The Pakistan national women’s team achieved major results during Coles’ tenure as head coach.

    They are presently sitting fifth in the ICC Women’s Championship and have an outstanding chance of qualifying directly for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2021.

    Under his watch in 50-over cricket, Pakistan lost 2-1 to New Zealand, beat Sri Lanka 3-0, lost 1-0 to Bangladesh, lost 3-0 to Australia, defeated the West Indies 2-1 and drew 1-1 with South Africa.

    In the shortest format this year, Pakistan women narrowly lost 2-1 (in Super Over) to the West Indies and 3-2 to South Africa.

    Also during his time, Sana Mir became the most successful ODI spinner in the world, Javeria Khan and Bismah Maroof were named to lead a multi-nation Women’s Global Development squad and Nida Dar became the first Pakistan woman player to earn a contract in a foreign league.

    Meanwhile, the PCB has appointed batting coach Iqbal Imam as interim head coach for the upcoming series against Bangladesh, which will be played from 26 October to 4 November in Lahore.

    The recruitment process for Coles’ successor will commence shortly.


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    The author worked as the head coach of Pakistan between October 2017 to October 2019.

    My first meeting with Sana Mir was at our first camp at the Lahore Country Club after Pakistan’s 2017 World Cup disaster. I had just taken up the role of coach, and ahead of the camp there were reports that Sana wasn’t going to turn up. There was some discontent among the management, they said, but luckily for me – and for Pakistan – she did arrive! She walked in and she had so much ‘mana’ (A Maori term for a real belief and energy that others don’t have). She spoke, I listened; and by the end of the meeting we had worked out what we wanted to do with the team and a had goal for her to be the No.1 bowler in the world.

    Almost immediately, I thought ‘we need this player.’ For her to express herself the way she did after the World Cup, honestly and openly, is exactly what we needed. I always joke with her that I am glad she turned up to camp. I wouldn’t have had it any other way!

    Although Sana had just given up captaincy when I took over, she continued to have a great influence on the team. While she wasn’t the ‘captain’ in name, she really was the true leader of Pakistan both on and off the field. We often had long conversations about cricket and the direction Pakistan needed to go. She was easily one of the most approachable players in the team and a real champion for players coming into our environment.

    While she may have been the senior-most player in the group, Sana was always incredibly open to learning. She wanted the coaches to push her to get better, and that’s what we were there for. We got her to start bowling a leg-spinner, and to see her get Laura Delany out with the leggie and be a highlight of the 2018 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup was really special. That was the great thing about Sana, she never stopped learning – there was a constant desire to get better.

    In one of my early tours in charge, when we were in Sri Lanka in March 2018, I remember she came to breakfast and said “We need to talk.” I knew I was in trouble, but I can’t remember what it was for. She sat there and told me off while I listened and learnt; I had so much respect for her. After that, whenever she used to say “We need to talk,” my immediate response was “Am I in trouble again?” It’s something we still laugh about to this day.

    The day she reached No.1 on the ICC bowling charts after all her hard work, was a day I will never forget. It was an achievement that came against the odds, and against all the doubters. We were all so proud of her, and the cake to celebrate was outstanding!

    Considering she was our premier bowler, many people will be surprised when I say this, but while I was around, for Sana, her batting was a key. She understood that we wanted her to finish games for us, and she worked incredibly hard at it. She was a real pain sometimes (in a great way) – she would come to me after about the fourth person was padded up and ask “When shall I pad up?”

    She knew her bowling plans so well and we just worked on variations and a couple of technical points. But it was her batting that came on leaps and bounds in those 18 months. Sana at No.7 was just what we needed – busy, innovative and very calm. She won games for us with the bat as well. Against New Zealand, West Indies and South Africa, she was not out at the end making sure the job got done.

    Sana Mir worked incredibly hard on her batting to become a key player for Pakistan in the lower middle-order. © Getty Images

    We all know she won dozens of matches for Pakistan with the ball, but she was a champion with the bat too. Her exit leaves a giant hole that will be hard for Pakistan to fill.

    While I am not surprised by Sana’s decision to step away from the game, I am saddened to see her go. We are in constant touch and she is a great friend of the family. We even met when she came over to Australia this March. I knew she was thinking about retirement so when she gave me the news, I wasn’t taken aback. As usual she was selfless in the timing of her announcement – knowing Ramadan was on and she could concentrate on that and not make it all about her. That’s what selfless people do.

    Pakistan will never have another player like Sana Mir. I have no doubt that her retirement will leave a huge gap – shoes that are too big to fill. It’s her words off the field, her calming influence on it, and her absolute pride in playing for Pakistan, that can’t be replaced.

    I hear and see a lot of chat about the best bowlers around the world and in my opinion, Sana is one of the very best. She has won games of cricket with the ball, and in the bigger picture, I see her up there with the likes of Jhulan Goswami, Lisa Sthalekar and Cathryn Fitzpatrick – the best of the best. It was lovely reading what they have said about Sana. That respect is well deserved. She will go down as one of the greats of the game beside Belinda Clark, Clare Connor, and rightly so – she has impacted it in more ways than one. She is a pioneer – a trailblazer even – who showed tens of thousands of young girls in Pakistan that with hard work their sporting dreams can come true.

    A wonderful ambassador for the sport, Sana Mir has been a role model for young women around the world.

    I saw that a lot of former male players have enclosures named after them in Pakistan, and I am sure Eshan Mani and Wasim Khan will do the same for Sana, at the very least. The “Sana Mir Enclosure” has a great ring to it, don’t you think?!

    They say all good things have to come to an end, and I suppose this is one of those things. But knowing Sana, I am sure she will take some time away from the game before (and if) she ventures back. I know she enjoys commentating, and she will be great at it. I have no doubt that whenever she feels the time is right, Sana will find a way to give back to Pakistan cricket. She is someone who could drive women’s cricket forward in an administrative role. But of course, there is still time for that. Until then, all I can say is, ‘Well played, Sana! You are a champion.’

    https://www.womenscriczone.com/sana-...-the-champion/
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