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Pakistan shortlist five names for head coach

Umar Farooq

September 29, 2011

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Intikhab Alam, Pakistan's team manager, at the stadium, Pakistan v South Africa, 5th ODI, Dubai, November 8, 2010
Intikhab Alam is open to the idea of Pakistan hiring a foreign coach © AFP
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The PCB committee tasked with finding the new Pakistan head coach has shortlisted five names for the position out of a list of thirty-seven applicants. Twelve foreign and 25 local coaches had applied for the job.

The three-man committee appointed to select Waqar Younis' successor, comprising ex-Pakistan players Zaheer Abbas, Intikhab Alam and Naushad Ali, met for the second time in Karachi to sort the list of the candidates for the role. Earlier this month the board had advertised for the job of Pakistan coach, setting a deadline of 15 days for those wishing to apply.

"I can't disclose the names but the response was encouraging," Alam, the committee head, told the media after an extensive two hour meeting. "It was comprehensive meeting where we actually shortlisted five candidates out of the nine foreign and 25 local who sent their CV for the role."

The committee will now hand the list back to the PCB before calling the candidates for interviews. "I can't reveal the name of the shortlisted candidates as our actual task is to make a recommendation [about the head coach] to the PCB and its PCB's prerogative to take a final decision," Alam said.

The committee was appointed on August 29 following Younis' announcement that he would quit after the tour of Zimbabwe for 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 a foreign coach was something Pakistan should consider, though the most qualified person should get the job. "In my own opinion, if anyone in the country is highly qualified, then he should be given a chance. But without revealing more details on the candidates, I only can confirm that the list includes both foreign and local coaches and after getting the nod from the PCB we will go on to interview the coaches."

Alam also suggested Pakistan might have to appoint an interim coach for their 'home' series against Sri Lanka in the UAE (Pakistan are scheduled to leave for the UAE on October 15). "I know the time is bit short but it's up the PCB. Either they want to go with the interim coach for the Sri Lanka series as our only task is to make a recommendation about the new coach as PCB has the ultimate prerogative to name the coach."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by   on (October 2, 2011, 2:41 GMT)

@ashwini what about baal thakre as indian cricket team coach!

Posted by   on (October 1, 2011, 22:12 GMT)

The foriegn coaches better get life insurance before begining their stint in Pakistan.

Posted by Fazl-e-Akbar on (October 1, 2011, 17:09 GMT)

I agree with you. David Whatmore is a better option than many pakistani coaches

Posted by   on (October 1, 2011, 10:07 GMT)

Ashwini Raj Kumar perhaps indian cricket team should be thrown into the indian or pacific ocean to wake them up from the slumber they have been on since the world cup win. Those batsman danced in UK ! better than hrithik roshan !

Dean jhones would be my choice !

Posted by   on (October 1, 2011, 8:50 GMT)

5 short listed coaches include aqib javid,abdul qadir,ijaz ahmad,dean jones and peter moores

Posted by azhar_hassan on (October 1, 2011, 8:10 GMT)

@Ashwini Raj Kumar: Must thank you once again for your thoughtful comments and deep insights. Perhaps after the whitewash in England in T20, Tests and ODI's you will enlighten us on strategies for the World Champion team also.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 20:29 GMT)

@azhar_hassan : Thanks bro, just trynig to help the very talented Pakistan team who need divine intervention.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 20:25 GMT)

What Pakistan needs is more fighting spirit. Once Pakistan has it, it will be a great team. My choice is worth considering. He is instill josh in the Pakistani team.

Posted by Zohair.ul.hasan on (September 30, 2011, 17:01 GMT)

avery body agrees with wasim Akram or Imran Khan.

Posted by tick on (September 30, 2011, 15:35 GMT)

a newspaper ran the news of 5 short listed coaches include dean jones and peter moores...unnamed pcb source..its in newspaper..

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