Pakistan news February 11, 2014

Moin named new Pakistan coach, Sohail removed as selector


Amid a slew of changes to Pakistan cricket, Moin Khan has been named the new head coach of the national side. The decision was taken at an eight-member management committee meeting, a day after PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf was dismissed and the board of governors dissolved.

Moin will replace Dav Whatmore, whose contract expires this month. He had been appointed team manager before the tour to Zimbabwe in August 2013 but had recently been replaced by Zakir Khan.

In other major changes, Aamer Sohail's appointment as chief selector last week was denounced, and former Pakistan cricketer Azhar Khan was put in charge of an interim selection committee.

The committee, headed by newly reappointed PCB chairman Najam Sethi, also endorsed Mohammad Akram's two-year contract as Pakistan's bowling coach. A new fielding coach was also appointed, with Shoaib Mohammad put in charge for the Asia Cup and World Twenty20.

When Ashraf was in charge of the PCB, he had appointed Sohail as director game and development national cricket academy and given him an additional charge of chief selector. But the Sethi-led PCB denounced a majority of the decisions taken by Ashraf since Ashraf came to power last month. "The management committee decided in principle that any decision which lacks transparency or due process shall not be ratified," said Sethi while briefing the press in Lahore after a five-hour meeting.

"(Since) PCB service rules were not followed in the decision to appoint him [Sohail] … further, the record reflects that Aamer Sohail was never issued a letter of appointment for any post in PCB, therefore he held no post in PCB.

"The appointments of Mr. Basit Ali (coach of regional cricket academies in Karachi) and Mr. Mohammad Ilyas (chief selector of junior teams and the women's national team) were not in accordance with PCB Services Rules. Their appointments are declared as void abinitio, null and void."

Apart from these major cricketing changes, the committee also took several administrative decisions including the appointment of the advisory Committee on Regional Affairs comprising representatives of Regions, and another committee on Cricketing Affairs comprising former captains and former chairmen of PCB.

Though the PCB advertised three coaching positions including head, batting and fielding coach, the management committee scrapped the batting coach position. It has decided to introduce a new role called chief cricket consultant, filled by former captain Zaheer Abbas - also a managing committee member, has been named to travel with the team to supervise the batting department.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    A comparison between Misbah and Malik's T20 career.

    Misbah is a consistent scorer in all formats of the game since last 3 years, the irony is he has been ignored from such a big tournament like World T-20.

    No one is going to forget his contribution to his domestic T-20 team Faisalabad Wolves. WON the Faysal Bank T-20 while being the top scorer of the team plus represented his team in Champions League T-20 2013 and remained top scorer of the team over there as well. Contributed heavily with the bat to his Caribbean Premier league team as well in 2013.


    Misbah ul Haq Matches 39 Runs 788 Highest Score 87* Average 37.52 Strike Rate 110.20

    Shoaib Malik Matches 55 Runs 907 Highest Score 57 Average 23.25 Strike Rate 106.83

  • ABID on February 14, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    What a joke with Pakistan Cricket. Rapid changes in the PCB management by the authorities (Chairman of the Board or Patron in chief). These actions are not serving cricket in the country, rather are damaging it. Moreover, when we see our cricketers performance in domestic season, specially ongoing Faisal Bank T20, it is extremely disappointing and hopeless. Very few players scored some runs or took wickets, but majority proved to be a failure. What our nation can expect from these players in Asia Cup and World T20 in Bangladesh. Selectors will have to depend on these under performed players, because they do not have any choice. Some new faces do perform at domestic level, but after selection in the national squads, they do not match the standard of international cricket. Therefore, it is needed that measures are taken to improve quality and standard of domestic cricket, with the help of ex Pakistan stars like Zaheer, Miandad, Inzmam, Waqar, Wasim Akram and Saqlain.

  • NASIR on February 13, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Can some body tell for how long these decisions will last??? It looks a game of musical chair...

  • asad on February 12, 2014, 22:37 GMT

    Moin Khan instead of Waqar doesn't seem like a good decision but Moin was a good wk and if he can teach our keepers to do their job well then his job is accomplished. I think Waqar should have been at least bowling coach coz now our pace attack is definitely weaker (but younger) then the other 2 great fast bowling nations (SA & Australia). Under Waqar our bowling attack would have gotten even stronger. As for Azhar Khan & Shoaib Mohammad I've never heard of them but hope that they can do their jobs well. The job description for Zaheer's job seems like he is a batting coach but I'm nutty entirely sure. I just hope that with the way the decisions are being changed they don't change all these decisions coz Asia Cup is in roughly 2 weeks time & some stability in PCB will help our team's chances.

  • NASIR on February 12, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    Can some body tell for how long these decisions will last??? It looks a game of musical chair...

  • Dummy4 on February 12, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Inzimam without doubt will be very good batting coach insha allah moreso this regular shift of power balance in pk board has done no good/favor to cricket pk and is to blamed on all but moreso on the govt.

  • Reza on February 12, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    I hope you're right when you say Moin Khan encouraged Pakistan to go for their last test victory. I can still remember him as captain against England when he tried to slow the game down to stop England winning. Bad light prevailed but the match continued with an England victory.

    Fortune favours the brave

    Final word

    1 batting coach (expert needed) , 1 bowling coach (expert needed) and 1 fielding coach (expert needed).

    We can go from there

  • irfan on February 12, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    Just because people were good batsmen, bowlers, fielder, does not necessarily constitute to them being good coaches,Take Football for example the best coach in the world currently Jose Mourinho did not even play the game, he started of as a translator. a coaches job is to provide guidance and support, to build on skills already set in stone, if the players do not go out and put the plan into action you cant blame the coach.

    Every decision made by the PCB is constantly slated, we have got one of the best captains we have ever had in Misbah, and people still complain he is not good enough to play for Pakistan. lets just get behind the team for once, im sure if Pakistan have a good 2014, win the asia cup and T20 everyone will be commenting on how good Moin Khan is bla bla bla . lets support him from the start, as for the people complaining about zimbabwe, im sure Dav whatmore was still in charge.

  • syed naveed on February 12, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    like in tennis , we used to had a 'NON - PLAYING CAPTAIN ' , similarly , here , our cricket matters should be run by 11 top greats of all time, should be called ' NON PLAYING ELEVEN ' .that should include players like (say for example ) hanif muhammad, javed miandad , imran khan ,inzimam ul haq , muhammad yousuf ,waqar younus , waseem akram ,abdul qadir and others .from whom, Chairman , Chief Selectors , Selectors , Coaches ( batting balling and fielding ) should be selected,and their performances should be judged ,say every yearly or two yearly, and depending on their performances , their places should be checked. if performed well than ,they should secure their individual place ,otherwise be replaced by some other great, afterall , we are not short of any talents...

  • Android on February 12, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Current changes are a mix of Good and Bad decisions 1- Change of Chairman PCB was the fine move but appointment of Najam sethi is wrong 2- Head coach role for Moin khan is a good move but Extended reign of M.Akram is not good (Waqar should have been the bowling coach) 3- Azhar khan is not good enough when he comes in comparison of Aamir Sohail. But chief selector should b a foreign sharp mind probably from Aus or SA who can select talent from grass root level 4- Where is the batting coach cum team mentor who can act as a backbone for a fragile batting lineup?Saeed anwar or Inzamam ul haq can fit in this role 5- Julian fountain's hardwork was finaly taking shape in form of a much improved fielding unit but what would a tame Shoib Muhammad will add to the team being fielding coach that too in the presence of a legendry WK as a head coach? . PCB can not ever take series of right steps!

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