Pakistan news September 8, 2011

Pakistan advertise head coach role

ESPNcricinfo staff

The PCB has advertised the job of Pakistan coach, and has set a 15-day deadline for applications. The three-man committee appointed to select the next coach, comprising ex-Pakistan players Zaheer Abbas, Intikhab Alam and Naushad Ali, met for the first time on September 8 to decide on the criteria for choosing candidates for the role.

Ramiz Raja, who had agreed to assist the committee, could not attend the meeting as he was in Zimbabwe, where he is a commentator for Pakistan's ongoing one-day series.

The committee said the job of Pakistan coach was open to candidates from both within and outside Pakistan. Alam, who coached and managed the national side before and is head of the committee, said PCB chairman Ijaz Butt had given them the freedom to choose whoever they wanted as candidates. "The PCB chairman briefed us prior to our meeting and has given us a free hand in the search for the national coach," Alam said. "We definitely will be considering both local and foreign applicants. The advertisement goes up today and will give interested parties 15 days to apply for the role.

"We will scrutinise and interview the candidates and then the PCB will announce the coach in light of our recommendations. Also, the committee can approach someone on their own if they want to." Alam also said that all the details of the meeting had been emailed to Raja, and confirmed that none of the committee members could themselves apply for the job.

The committee was appointed on August 29 following current coach Waqar Younis' announcement that he would quit after the tour of Zimbabwe due to personal and health reasons. There have been divided opinions on whether Pakistan should go with a local or foreign coach, with Abbas and Raja favouring the former while Alam said the second option was also something Pakistan should consider. Aaqib Javed and Mudassar Nazar, who have both been involved with coaching in Pakistan for several years, were two names that emerged as possible candidates for the role of head coach.

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  • Kamran on September 11, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    It would be nice if Imran Khan was coach.

  • ALREHMAN on September 11, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    I think PCB should appoint Moin Khan as coach, he is an patriotic person,Good between the wickets and understand the 3 format very well.Good luck to Pakistan Cricket.

  • Dummy4 on September 10, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    My Choice is Australia Top Order Legend Batsman Dean Jones ..... He Is Very God Player and he is perfect for Pakistan Coaching Roll .............

  • Bilal on September 10, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    There is only one man who is better than anyone else in the world to coach Pakistan. And that man is no one else but RASHID LATEEF !

  • Hamza on September 10, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    Gayle should be the coach...

  • Dummy4 on September 10, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    Let Zardari become Feilding Coact, Nawaz Shareef Bowling Coact and Altaf Hussain Batting Coact for Pakistan.

    Fitness Coach is Hina !!!!!

  • Dummy4 on September 9, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    To me the best option is to appoint MOIN KHAN as a coach, Javed Miandad should be chairman PCB and Shahid Afridi is the best for captaining the side.

  • Salman on September 9, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    @Cricfan...I don't know what are you talking about? why would we need Sachin Tendulkar in Pakistan? so that players learn the merits of playing IPL and 20/20 circus over and above playing for the nation, and for feigning injuries in tough international matches?

  • khurram on September 9, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    @andayZAltzmannsHair: agree, when i saw this post rashids name came but problem is he is very straight fwd person & wont work . & people i thought this was a serious post?but good choices though like sania, rehman malik etc. they should consider batting coach. aqib can be bowling coach. paks main problem is batting so they need ful time batting coach. Madasar was a legend but i think he ia bit aged wil not be active in field.

  • SHAHBAZ on September 9, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    I think "Shane Warne" will a good choice for head coach if he agrees to coach Pakistan keeping in mind the current situation of Pakistan. We need a coach with international exposure who should have experience of modern cricket and can handle the media accordingly. His IPL career will also matter in this regard. Sohail Tanveer also praised the guy after the first IPL season. Furthermore we will have a great chance to rectify our reputation as an internation cricket team.

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