KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan defending under-fire national coach Geoff Lawson, said if the structure of domestic cricket is weak throughout the country then any good performance from the coach cannot be expected.

Talking with a news agency, Imran Khan said that Pakistan needed to improve its domestic cricket structure.

“Don’t expect miracles from the coach. If a coach could produce results without a proper domestic system then Bangladesh had the best coach (Dav Whatmore) and they should have been world champions,” Khan said.

New Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt described Lawson as “useless” on Monday and said his contract would not be renewed when it runs out in July-August.

Lawson, a former Australian Test pacer, was appointed coach in July 2007 after the death of Bob Woolmer during the World Cup. He has not commented on Butt’s remarks.