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About Geoff Lawson

Geoffrey Francis Lawson (Born: December 7, 1957 at Wagga Wagga, New South Wales; aka: Henry) is a fomer Australian Cricket bowler and is former coach for the Pakistan Cricket Team. He played for the Australia, Lancashire and New South Wales cricket teams.

As Cricket player

Geoff made his test debue playing in vs New Zealand at Brisbane, November 28-30, 1980. His last test match is vs Sri Lanka at Brisbane, December 8-12, 1989.

As Pakistan Cricket Team Coach

In June 09, he expected Pakistan to qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 semifinals, after a morale-boosting victory over the Netherlands in a must-win Group C match.

Sacking from the Coach post

PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt said Geoff has 'not shown any notable performances'. In October 08, announcement came out that Lawson is sacked from being the team coach since it is a financial burden for the board. PCB said it will given three months pay as compensation. The decision came out despite the fact that Geoff still has some time before his two year contract ends. Lawson refused to leave to leave Pakistan until dues by the PCB are cleared and that he is contract with the Australian High Commission. He believed his sacking had nothing to do with his performance but was influenced by political changes in the country and the change in the PCB set-up.

Few days earlier, Lawson said he'll complete his two-year term. The then newly appointed PCB chief Ijaz Butt said that Lawson was useless, but he would be allowed to complete his full two-year term because the Board will suffer a huge financial loss if it terminated his services now. Reports at that time said that Lawson is set to dismissed by April 2009. Imran Khan and Javed Miandad have defended him saying the Australian was not the only one responsible for the teams poor performances.

Lawson said he is willing to return to the team, but only if PCB apologises for disgracefully sacking him.

Geoff Lawson in News

Afghanistan choses ex-Pak coach Lawson, eyes upon Dwyer ahead of World Cup
Afghanistan have chosen former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson as a consultant for their under-19 team ahead of the World Cup scheduled to take place in Australia this August.

'Vilified' Lyon not interested in former Oz fast bowler Geoff Lawson's opinion
Australia off spinner Nathan Lyon, who claimed the second five-wicket haul of his international cricket career against West Indies in the second Test, said he is not interested in former fast bowler man Geoff Lawson's opinion about him.

CA chief Sutherland defends Ponting over 'self-indulgence' accusations
Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has defended Ricky Ponting over claims that he behaved in a self-indulgent manner after getting axed from the Australian one-day squad.

Former Oz cricketer Lawson irked by Ponting's self-indulgence
Former Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson has said he is annoyed by Ricky Ponting's self-indulgence at a press conference after being dropped from the Australian one-day squad.

'Ex coach Lawson feels Pak can become World No 1 through consistent performances, oversees wins'
Former Pakistan cricket coach Geoff Lawson has said Misbah-ul Haq's side is playing terrific cricket but added that only consistent performances and oversees wins will help the team to rise to the top of the ICC rankings.

PCB official confirms Whatmore front runner for cricket coach post
Former Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore is the front runner for the cricket coach post, a senior Pakistan Cricket Board official has said.

Ex-Oz bowler Whitney recalls Little Master Tendulkar's apprenticeship
Sachin Tendulkar enters the Boxing Day Test, his 17th in Australia, with a record that suggests he feels more at home here with each visit, but former Australian left-arm fast bowler Michael Whitney, who is now a television personality and commentator, recalls the Little Master's awesome maiden performance Down Under two decades ago.

Lawson, Taylor say Cowan's inclusion in Boxing Day Test is 'no-brainer'
Former teammates Geoff Lawson and Mark Taylor believe Ed Cowan's inclusion in the team for the Boxing Day Test was a 'no-brainer' for the late bloomer who admits he felt betrayed by the former Cricket Australia selection panel.

Four Australian greats pick their Boxing Day XI
Four former Australian cricketers - Merv Hughes, Dean Jones, Ashley Mallet and Geoff Lawson-have revealed their selection picks for the Boxing Day Test against India.

Oz selectors cheapening value of baggy green cap: Lawson
John Inverarity-led Cricket Australia's selection panel has been criticized for its "inappropriate" injury management strategies, and accused of cheapening the value of the baggy green with its plans for a rotation policy for the Test summer.

Chappell endorses Inverarity's appointment as Oz chief selector
Former Australian captain and selector Greg Chappell has endorsed the appointment of former spinner John Inverarity as Australia's full-time national selector, saying the shock choice was an ideal figure to oversee the new-look panel.

Don't hand over baggy green to teen tyro Cummins just yet: Lawson
The outgoing selection panel should not hand emerging tyro Pat Cummins a baggy green cap in South Africa as he is not ready to play Test cricket, feels former fast bowler Geoff Lawson.

Warne backs Lehmann for Cricket Australia's top job
Legendary spinner Shane Warne believes that Darren Lehmann's mix of people skills and appetite for cricket would make him a standout candidate to become Australia's next chairman of selectors or coach.

Moody in frame to be Oz cricket selection chief
Former cricketer and coach Tom Moody has emerged as a potential successor to Andrew Hilditch as chairman of selectors, as Cricket Australia yesterday launched a "global search" for a coach to replace Tim Nielsen.

Trevor Hohns to help shape Oz Test squad for South African tour
Trevor Hohns, one of the contenders to head Australia's revamped selection panel, will have a behind-the-scenes role in shaping the Test squad for South Africa next week.

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