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PCB appoint committee to select coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

August 29, 2011

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Pakistan's coaches since 2001

  • April 2001: Richard Pybus takes over from Javed Miandad after a tough tour of New Zealand
  • July 2001: Mudassar Nazar takes over from Pybus, who steps down citing personal reasons
  • September 2002: Nazar hands the reins back to Pybus and returns to his coaching job at Pakistan's National Cricket Academy
  • March 2003: Miandad takes over from Pybus following Pakistan's first-round exit in the 2003 World Cup
  • July 2004: Bob Woolmer takes over after Miandad is sacked in the aftermath of India's successful tour of Pakistan
  • July 2007: Geoff Lawson is appointed after Woolmer's death during the course of Pakistan's first-round exit from the 2007 World Cup
  • October 2008: After a run of poor results, Lawson is replaced by Intikhab Alam
  • March 2010: Intikhab is sacked and Waqar Younis takes over following Pakistan's winless tour of Australia
  • August 2011: Waqar resigns as coach citing personal reasons

The PCB have appointed a three-member committee consisting of former players Zaheer Abbas, Intikhab Alam and Naushad Ali to select the next Pakistan coach. Ramiz Raja, the former Pakistan captain and current television commentator, has agreed to assist the committee. The committee will be headed by Alam, who has had two stints as Pakistan coach and was recently replaced as team manager.

Current coach Waqar Younis has announced he will resign after Pakistan's tour of Zimbabwe, and the committee will find a new coach before Pakistan's next assignment - Sri Lanka in the UAE this October.

The PCB said they were open to selecting a foreign coach. "Following the resignation of Waqar Younis as head coach, the board has formed a committee to look for a new coach from within or outside Pakistan," PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarwar said. Pakistan have not had a foreign coach since Ijaz Butt became president of the board and removed Geoff Lawson. Ramiz said that trend could continue. "It is tough to list the best coaches available because currently opinion is divided on whether to bring in a Pakistani coach or a foreign one; both have advantages and disadvantages," he told ESPNcricinfo.

"The experiment with Waqar was quite successful. It would be ideal if someone from within the country with similar abilities and stature could replace him. But if not then someone from outside can come and understand our tradition, our cricket and our board."

Lawson had said Pakistan need a foreign coach who would not have to worry about local politics and that he did not have a problem with the language when he was in charge. Ramiz said it was more the unique political situation facing Pakistan cricket that would make it hard for a foreign coach to adapt. "As the PCB has repeatedly told the ICC, the situation in the country is a unique one; that should be made understood to any foreign coach. There are names that come to mind immediately but still it will take time to decide on the ideal candidate."

Abbas also said a local coach would be preferred. "My preference is for the next coach of the Pakistan cricket team to be Pakistani," he told "Although not entirely against a foreign coach, I think a non-Asian coach would be worried about the situation in Pakistan and this may affect the time he can spend in the country and how well he can perform the job. The individual we select should be non-controversial, someone who has played at the highest level for a lengthy period of time and a mature person."

During Waqar's tenure, he had a public dispute with former one-day captain Shahid Afridi. Though Waqar has maintained his resignation is due to health reasons, and has nothing to do with a conflict with anyone, Abbas said players needed to change their attitudes to allow a coach to be effective. "The mindset and attitude of some of the Pakistan players needs to change to allow a coach to do his job properly. If there are any disagreements or misunderstandings, then no player should go running to the media; instead discussions should be held behind closed doors with the team management and the board."

Waqar had been contracted till the 2012 Twenty20 World Cup and his departure means Pakistan will have to make their ninth change of coach in a decade. In that time, the longest any coach had lasted was Bob Woolmer's three-year stint from 2004 till his death during the 2007 World Cup.

Abbas said he hoped the next coach would have a long term. "I'd prefer if the next coach was given a three-year contract. That way he knows that he has some security in the role and some time to mould the team. In addition, the role and responsibilities of the coach should be made clear to the coach himself and the captain, so that there is no confusion about what the coach's domain is and there is no overlapping of duties."

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Posted by   on (August 30, 2011, 13:22 GMT)

What about Aaquib Jawaid, why are we missing him. I am sure he is going to be the one since he is with the team as Assistant Coach for considerable period of time he is fully aware of the insides of Pakistan team. I don't think Shane Warne can even think of coming to Pakistan. He is a different natured guy and was involved in so many incidences. If he ever thought of coming he will ask you huge sum that our Board can't ever think to afford.

Posted by BnH1985Fan on (August 30, 2011, 12:39 GMT)

@R1977 -- Good idea about suggesting Sachin. In fact, BCCI should mandate Sachin to at least be the batting coach for all test playing nations starting right away, even as Sachin is still playing test cricket.

Posted by CricketChat on (August 30, 2011, 12:11 GMT)

Unless they appoint a separate bowling coach, the head coach should be an all rounder, so ha can perform the role of both batting and bowling coach. Abbas makes a valid point about foreign coaches being worried about conditions in Pak. I would prefer a local resident coach. Even though Waqar is a Pakistani, he lived in Aus which meant less personal interaction with the national players when the team is not playing in international tours. This is where local coach would be advantageous.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2011, 12:08 GMT)

Bring SHANE WARNE as he is successful in IPL with another Asian team and can do the same here in Pakistan too...

Posted by razaqaiser on (August 30, 2011, 9:59 GMT)

Ramiz Raja.. go for SHANE WARNE.. He is the ideal one to suit the Pakistani mentality. He can answere fire with fire. We have seen his mantle as coach in IPL. He was unlucky one not to captain Australia. Once on, he has to be given a free reign like a fotoball coach. No Pakistani, except Imran Khan could fit in the job.A polite like like Woolmer failed. my vote is for SHANE WARNE if you can pay his price and terms.

Posted by getsetgopk on (August 30, 2011, 9:58 GMT)

wasim akram is the right choice he's mature and he's anti butt and pro afridi but not sure zaheer abbas will go for wasim akram

Posted by Saad-H on (August 30, 2011, 9:37 GMT)

Saaed anwar!!! shud be the coach

Posted by Saad-H on (August 30, 2011, 9:20 GMT)

I think to induct the cricket discipline and ethics an Aussie wud do a good job ; Simon Katich i think wud do a good job with his not so high profile and an aussie background plus he has got history of playing in adversaries ( to some extent). All these things can help!

Posted by   on (August 30, 2011, 8:43 GMT)

I think shane warne is the best choice for coaching.....!

Posted by R1977 on (August 30, 2011, 8:42 GMT)

I think they have to prefer Sachin for this post because they have to improve in their batting.

Posted by shamlaatu on (August 30, 2011, 7:38 GMT)

A big name of a past PLAYER should NOT be an automatic criteria for selecting a COACH. We need someone with a level III coaching certification from an accredited cricket academy in UK or Australia. This person should ideally be a former batsman n must have a track record as a coach of making a difference in the int'l arena. Give him 3years to show a positive improvement in our batting in return of a generous salary package but also keep a strict watch on his performance. Genuine and meaningful recommendations should be welcomed but he must not have any say in the selection matters.

And PUHLLEEEAASSEEEE. NO DESI COACH !!! Absolutely not !! Being desis, first thing we have no clue about is, "what is professionalism?", then there is an astronomical amount of ego to get over and third, the good ole politics.

We can definitely hire a big name of a former Pak bowler (no coaching certification required) strictly on short term contract basis to teach tricks of the trade to emerging pacemen.

Posted by eyelashcharmer on (August 30, 2011, 7:17 GMT)

Bring on Shane Warne. He'd be the best coach for Pakistan at this moment. He's got a wise cricket brain and passion, skill, it'd be something new for the team

Posted by   on (August 30, 2011, 6:35 GMT)


Posted by Cricket_Man on (August 30, 2011, 5:45 GMT)

I'd love to see Michael Bevan of Australia as Pakistan's next coach. He has experience of coaching and he was a fighting cricketer of his time. He can help our cricketers get stronger mentally. He was a pretty good batsman and fielder. So, he can help our technically weak batsmen and poor fielders. I think we need a foreign coach. Players feel comfortable with them. Someone like the late Bob Woolmer.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2011, 4:19 GMT)

Mudassar Nazar is the good choice

Posted by   on (August 30, 2011, 4:16 GMT)

i think Brian Lara should take over as Pakistan Batting coach!

Posted by   on (August 30, 2011, 4:00 GMT)

Pakistan won two worldcups under Intikhab Alam and played the final of 1999 worldcup under shoaib mohammad both of them were Pakistanis. Jeff Lwason was the only foreign coach who headed Pakistan to 2007 world T20 final. So my recomendation is a Pkaistani coach. Wasim Akram is an ideal choice. Miandad, Moin Khan, Zaheer Abbas are other choices. But with Ijaz Butt as chairman I don't think if anything is going to change. If Pakistan team wants to survive bring new & young faces to the management and get rid of that FATTOO(Ijaz Butt)..........! "GO IJAZ BUTT GO" "GO IJAZ BUTT GO"

Posted by   on (August 30, 2011, 3:39 GMT)

In my opinion in the game of cricket at the National level, we don't need a coach but at a lower level in the training centers yes we need a coach to develop the cricketing techniques. For that matter, I think Rashid Latif, Ijaz Ahmed and Aaqib Javaid are doing wonderful job. We can increase more coaches like Mudassar Nazar, Mohammed Shoiab. The Manager of the Team should always be a retired good cricketer who can face Media very well, knows current cricketing Rules very well and above all should have administrative control and enjoy the respect from the team and the Captain.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2011, 2:22 GMT)

Pakistan won two world cup events when a local Pakistani was their coach. My preference would be Mustaq Ahmed or Ijaz Ahmed (Current Assistant Coach), a great fielder and a decent batsman. He took Pakistan U19 to the finals.

Posted by siddiqi on (August 30, 2011, 1:26 GMT)

Wasim Akram, Aqib Javed, Mudassar Nazar, Mushtaq Ahmad, Tom Moody, Dave Whatmore, Pybus etc

Posted by   on (August 30, 2011, 0:33 GMT)

there is no better option than to appoint saeed anwar! if going for foreign then stephen fleming or lance klusner or neil johnson or damien martyn(if they accept).

Posted by sehbaz12 on (August 30, 2011, 0:33 GMT)

As things going in PCB. I say, Ijaz Butt is not a bad choice for the coaching job.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2011, 23:36 GMT)

I think Rashid Latif/Moin Khan/best choice they can take any pressure and they think as nation not indiviual.Other choice as foreign coach Nasir Hussain from England would be ideal choice.Zaheer Abbas/Intaikab Alam/Naushad Ali had there chance.We need new breed who understand players from this generation.Our Legend cricketers still live in there legecy.Always think they are superior to others never realise there past where they came from.Result you can see now.PCB is taking same old peoples there age 70 plus how they will perform.So for God sake change need in PCB.There mentalilty should treat everbody as pakistani nation.Pls don't hijack pakistan.When are people take matters seriously.Wake up time.Save Pakistan Save Pakistan Cricket my humble request to all Pakistani.Become a proud nation.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2011, 23:34 GMT)

I would like to take up this job..:)

Posted by   on (August 29, 2011, 23:14 GMT)

Javed Miandad,, Zaheer Abbas,, Mudassar Nazar,,Qasim Omer,,Rashid Latif,,Moin Khan,,Saeed Anwar,,Shoaib Mohammad,,Aamir Sohail etc. etc.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2011, 23:13 GMT)

Javed Miandad,, Zaheer Abbas,, Mudassar Nazar,,Qasim Omer,,Rashid Latif,,Moin Khan,,Saeed Anwar,,Shoaib Mohammad,,Aamir Sohail etc. etc.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2011, 22:58 GMT)

Get a batting coach for god sake !!!

Posted by   on (August 29, 2011, 22:46 GMT)

How about Tom Moody who coached Srilanka. He was an excellent coach.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2011, 21:44 GMT)

In my opinion Mushtaq Ahmad is very good choice,just because he has been with English camp in recent times with lot of success. He needs to find a decent batting coach from county cricket and Aaqib Javed as bowling coach.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2011, 21:30 GMT)

shane warne can be a great foreign coach but he wouldnt accept it even if pcb pays him a million dollars! pakistan is never going get a good foreign coach after what happened to bob woolmer! within pakistan i dont see any world class coaches! the coach they select shud be a specialist batsman so that he can help them with their batting!

if had the authority i wud select

steve waugh or shane warne(even if it takes a million dollars) as batting coach or head coach wasim akram as bowling coach jonty rhodes as fielding coach

Posted by iceman9 on (August 29, 2011, 21:08 GMT)

PCB can select a foreign coach , can be Garry Kirsten or Dav Watmore, but my question is who is willing to come and give there services in Pakistan.

Posted by gunnerr4life on (August 29, 2011, 19:54 GMT)

Rashid Latif is the man for this job without a doubt !

Posted by Badreshian on (August 29, 2011, 19:28 GMT)

I think its high time to take wise decision and one for the future of cricket in Pakistan. The present team need a good coach, foreign or loca, who know cricket and pakistani or sub-continent enviroment.

I would agree with friends who supports Dave Watmore as next Pakistan coach. There are two reason behind this argument, First, he has very successful history working with Sri Lankan team and their winning in 1996 world cup and Secondly, he had shown his extreme willingness to join Pak as Coach but Lawson was preffered that time. Has he been selected as Coach Pak team would have done wonders with the talent it has.. But who would advise Buttttt.....

Posted by   on (August 29, 2011, 19:22 GMT)

Come on get Rashid Latif for this job

Posted by   on (August 29, 2011, 19:11 GMT)

We need coach like Andy Flower or Gary Kristen. The next coach must be as good as one of them. We need coach who can guide our batsman to play a longer innings. The one who make our team a fighting team. The last but not the least who can upgrade our poor fielding standard. Local or foreigner does not matter but strong cricketing brain that is what we need.

Posted by FarhanSabir on (August 29, 2011, 18:18 GMT)

As I have suggested before, Steve Waugh would definitely be my choice as foreign coach. But if they are to select a coach from within Pakistan, I think Moin Khan is a good option. He has a good cricketing brain and can do Pakistani team a lot of good.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2011, 18:17 GMT)

well i think pakistan must appoint local coach .... sabih azhar of rawalpindi rams.. is the best choice .....

Posted by   on (August 29, 2011, 18:14 GMT)

wasim akram will never join this BUTT administration so better not to mention him.. in my opinion javed miandad should be the head coach with lawson in supporting role, by that we will benifit from the tallent of miandad and proffessionalisn of lawson....what s your opinion guys?

Posted by faridkhan on (August 29, 2011, 18:09 GMT)

pick me pick me ME ME ME!! :P

Posted by Navzkhan on (August 29, 2011, 17:59 GMT)

waseem will not be the next coach bcoz he is not in good terms with ijaz butt,it must be aqib javed coz all the players were happy when he was the asistant views only.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2011, 17:51 GMT)

Please do not accept their proposal if they invite you for the same post bcz they do not deserve the people like you... they have already insulted so many respected players like saeed anwar waqar, saqlain... For god sake do what are you doing currenly, atleast we can see your smily face..... All the best...

Posted by FarhanSabir on (August 29, 2011, 17:50 GMT)

how about Steve Waugh? Waugh is mentally tough guy and someone that can really put pakistani team back on track. If he is not available full time, maybe PCB should hire him for short they hired Richard Pybus to work with Mushtaq Mohammed in the 1999 world cup.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2011, 17:30 GMT)

should be wasim bcs he has the experience of coaching and very good know how with the crickiting world ....

Posted by   on (August 29, 2011, 17:30 GMT)

I don't think wasim will accept coaching job for Pakistan the reason as, He said in one of his interview that their is not respect left for any senior player to remain in pakistan involved as a coach, selector or involved in the management team, because they will be sacked. Therefore wasim knows that and I don't think will accept this job at all and good on him if he says no.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2011, 17:25 GMT)

no i dont agree with the choice, like Geoff Lawson has critically pointed out on cricinfo, there should be a foriegn coach with no influence or local affiliation. The only local coach who wouldnt succumb to any pressure would be imran khan but he apparently has other items in his plate. Rest i think gary kirsten would be a decent choice, he has made India a formidable one day side and bought the best out in Dhoni.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2011, 17:12 GMT)

dave whatmore should be the next coach

Posted by   on (August 29, 2011, 16:39 GMT)

no doubt waseem is the best option coz he is a senior and dominant personality. And his career was examplonary as well. so y not waseem rather to select forien coach..

Posted by MyComments on (August 29, 2011, 16:34 GMT)

For sure they need a foreign coach. He will bring very much needed integrity and professionalism to the team.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2011, 16:22 GMT)

dav whatmore plus geoff boycott that would be an ideal coaching staff pakistan need em both

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (August 29, 2011, 15:48 GMT)

Wasim Akram to be next coach?

Posted by   on (August 29, 2011, 15:35 GMT)

Wasim akram should be coach

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