Pakistan news March 18, 2010

Saeed to continue as Pakistan manager for World Twenty20

Cricinfo staff

Yawar Saeed will continue as manager of the Pakistan side during their defence of the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean from April-May, despite wanting to step down from the post last year after the Champions Trophy. Saeed will be reunited with Shafqat Rana, who has been named associate manager as part of a large, eight-man support structure to Pakistan's 15-man squad.

The move is sure to raise eyebrows in Pakistan as Saeed is close to board chairman Ijaz Butt. For one, Saeed wanted to step down as manager some time ago, citing a desire to spend some time with his family and looking after business interests. Potentially more important is the fact that he was also a member of the six-man inquiry committee which recommended heavy fines and punishments for seven senior Pakistan players. Three of them - Shahid Afridi and the Akmal brothers - will be travelling with him as part of the squad.

Saeed did step down after the Champions Trophy and it was thought at the time that it was a condition for Younis Khan to take up the captaincy again, as he was said to be unhappy with Saeed and Rana during the tournament. Abdul Raquib took over as manager though his tenure was only for the tours to Abu Dhabi, New Zealand and Australia. Saeed was back for the two Twenty20 internationals against England in Abu Dhabi in February.

A PCB statement said the support staff would also include David Dwyer, Pakistan's popular Australian trainer, who had stepped down after the Australia tour. He was, however, asked to stay on for the World Twenty20. Ijaz Ahmed, the former Test batsman, and batting and fielding coach during the Dubai Twenty20s, will take over as assistant coach from Aaqib Javed.

Team management: Yawar Saeed (manager), Waqar Younis (coach), Ijaz Ahmed (assistant coach), Faisal Hayat (physiotherapist), David Dwyer (trainer), Mohammad Talha Butt (analyst), Khawaja Najam (security manager), Shafqat Rana (associate manager)