Lawson has no insecurities about his job

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Lahore, Sep 6 (UNI) With controversies looming large over Pakistan cricket, coach Geoff Lawson said he has no worries about his job and will continue to focus on his task even after his biggest supporter Nasim Ashraf resigned as the Board chairman.

''I have no insecurity,'' Lawson, who took over as Pakistan coach last summer following the death of Englishman Bob Woolmer during the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies, told mediapersons.

The former Australian fast bowler said he overlooked several lucrative positions back home to become Pakistan coach. He also said, ''I can go back to some other important job back home any time I like.'' ''I had several lucrative options in Australia but accepted to be Pakistan's coach because it was a big challenge for me. And I will continue to focus on my task which is to make Pakistan the world's best team,'' he stated.

Reports say that the axe may also fall on Lawson along with several others people, who plays a key role in the cricket establishment once a new PCB chairman is appointed later this month.

However, traditionally a new PCB chief brings along with him a new set of officials asking the previous officials to quit.

The not-so-experienced international coach, Lawson, has been dealing with the Pakistani players for the past 14 months now, and was appointed by the former PCB chief ahead of his vastly accomplished compatriot Dav Whatmore.

The biggest achievement of the Australian, however, lies in reaching the final of the inaugural World Twenty20 Championship in South Africa last September.

Under him, Pakistan have played two Test series - against South Africa at home and against India - and have lost both.

Lawson has been even named as a ''weak coach'', but he is least bothered about that tag.

''If the new PCB set-up does not want me in the fray, I will happily go back to Australia and take up some other assignment,'' he said, while lamenting on the fact that foreign cricketers believe Pakistan is an unsafe destination for them.

''I live in Lahore and move around in the city like a normal person, going shopping and to restaurants. I don't feel unsafe,'' the coach said.

On the Champions Trophy, Lawson said he travelled to Australia and New Zealand last month to convince the players that they would be completely safe in Pakistan during the eight-nation tournament, scheduled to be held this month.

''It was unfortunate. The players were convinced that Pakistan was unsafe because they see this country through the eyes of the Western media and believe it's a dangerous place,'' Lawson added.


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