October 29, 2008

Pakistan cricket

Give Intikhab the right job

Kanishkaa Balachandran

Asif Iqbal, in his column for the News has backed the PCB's decision to appoint Intikhab Alam as the coach of Pakistan but cautioned that his role needs to be specified clearly before he takes over. Given Alam's seniority, Iqbal feels Alam would be better off with a mentoring role with specialist coaches to assist him. He also wonders why the board didn't consider Mudassar Nazar.

It would also be pertinent to highlight the fact that Mudassar Nazar, a very experienced former Test player and still in the age zone for a traditional coaching assignment, has only recently been appointed as a coach by the ICC for its academy in Dubai. If he is good enough to be a coach for the ICC — as I am certain he is — should he not have been good enough as a coach for Pakistan? And going on from there, as a Pakistani, should not the PCB have made the first move to acquire his services?

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Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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