Pakistan news September 29, 2011

Pakistan shortlist five names for head coach

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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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  • on October 2, 2011, 1:41 GMT

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

  • on October 1, 2011, 21:12 GMT

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

  • Fazl-e-Akbar on October 1, 2011, 16:09 GMT

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

  • on October 1, 2011, 9:07 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 !

  • on October 1, 2011, 7:50 GMT

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

  • Azhar.Hassan on October 1, 2011, 7:10 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.

  • on September 30, 2011, 19:29 GMT

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

  • on September 30, 2011, 19:25 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.

  • Zohair.ul.hasan on September 30, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    avery body agrees with wasim Akram or Imran Khan.

  • tick on September 30, 2011, 14:35 GMT

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

  • on October 2, 2011, 1:41 GMT

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

  • on October 1, 2011, 21:12 GMT

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

  • Fazl-e-Akbar on October 1, 2011, 16:09 GMT

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

  • on October 1, 2011, 9:07 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 !

  • on October 1, 2011, 7:50 GMT

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

  • Azhar.Hassan on October 1, 2011, 7:10 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.

  • on September 30, 2011, 19:29 GMT

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

  • on September 30, 2011, 19:25 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.

  • Zohair.ul.hasan on September 30, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    avery body agrees with wasim Akram or Imran Khan.

  • tick on September 30, 2011, 14:35 GMT

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

  • on September 30, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    I hope a batting coach gets preference and that there should be minimal or no interference with loca politics interference or pressure. Or we all wont be surprised to read more tabloid material on cricinfo regarding PCB fiascos.

  • on September 30, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    @ ashwin rajkumar, India can have Narender Modi as a coach as they struggle with Fletcher Modi is already in race for India PM will be a great idea Indian PM cum coach LOLZZZZZZ

  • on September 30, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    i want Dav Whatmore to be the coach of Pakistan if the PCB is considering hiring a foreign coach ....

  • on September 30, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    One and only Geoff lawson please, No dav Whatmore, Geoff Lawson was a fantastic coach, he should have stayed but i am sure stubborn PCB sacked him

  • on September 30, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    @Ashwini Raj Kumar - you want Mullah Omar visit india as Pakistani Coach??? lolz

  • on September 30, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Team Pakistans coach should be Micheal Bevan, Dav Whatmore or trevor bayliss

  • Naresh28 on September 30, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    India needs Gauti to return to form. This is a timley return and would be load off Dhoni's shoulder for the coming England series. I worry about the load Dhoni is carrying. He simply needs some rest. With so many seniors missing it is not possible. Dhoni should have skipped the T20 games to revitalise himself. Yusaf Pathan should have been in the ODI team. Majority of the bowling is being handled by rookies. Mixture of youth and seniors has always been India's way. This goes against the trend. Good luck to them!!!!!

  • khurramsch on September 30, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    no mater who it will be i think it should b batting. as per tv reports 5 names are: dean jones, an english man ( cant rember his nme) , abdul qadir, aaqib javed, mudasar nazar.

  • ISBCRIC on September 30, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    pakistan teams coach should be someone like Micheal bevan, dav whatmore or trevor bayliss

  • on September 30, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    you cannot out ijaz buttt in zardari's govti as naseem ashraf was in charge in musharraf's tenure, before that no body can change pak cricket.

  • Azhar.Hassan on September 30, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    @Ashwini Raj Kumar : What a wonderful and insightful comment! Truly enlightening and showing great spirit. I am at a loss for words in expressing my appreciation for this gem of a statement!

  • on September 30, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    Ijaz Butt will be the best coach because the current ranking in all formats is 6 and under his coaching Pakistan will be out from the ranking.................

  • on September 30, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    What the COACH will do when u don't even have quality players in your side. When a player attains maturity level, he is kicked off. We need to have an excellent gross root level cricket system else history.

  • on September 30, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Bring Geoff Lawson back, i know pakistan will appoint Dav Whatmore, but Geoff was the best!

  • on September 30, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    Mullah Omar would be a good choice

  • Hawk_Pk on September 29, 2011, 22:37 GMT

    Names are being withheld because they all are FORAN (URDU) coaches.....there would be no renowned personalities...No sane person will risk his name for working under Ijaz Butt

  • on September 29, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    only foreign coach can control pakistani players little bit. local coach ? there is no respect.

  • on September 29, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    best will be a foreigner coach.i dont know what kurapati silly is talking about.we need either australian coach or SA coach jonty rhodes.

  • on September 29, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    asif zardari should be coach of pakistani team .. Hows dat ; )

  • on September 29, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    Go for a Dictator and strict coach..who can stop politics !!! maybe DEV WHATMORE!

  • on September 29, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    No matter what Aaquib Javaid is the guy who will take over the position. Mr. Intikhab may to looking for a foreign coach just to teach the washroom manners to our crickter rather then coach them to enchance their cricketing abilities. Why on earth only Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh needs a foreign coach why not any other nation. Don't tell me that England has hired Zambabwian coach. Please think before taking a decision.

  • bulldawgs on September 29, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    For the 1st time they have been smart about not naming the people. Everyone knows that the person named by Mr. Butt is not in those 5 named by the committee and he will be the next head coach. Only after that person is named the head coach, Alam and Zaheer et al will tell us that they did not have him in their recommendation.

  • on September 29, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    Aqib would a good choice from local folks.

  • shamlaatu on September 29, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    It's encouraging that 9 to 12 "foreign coaches" have actually applied which in return means they don't have a problem living in Pakistan. This pretty much takes the excuse out of equation when we say foreign coaches don't want to live in Pakistan. Any by this very theory, I hope all 5 names recommended are in fact foreigners.

  • HARIS355 on September 29, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    No Offence, but I think Imran Khan should be given a chance of mentoring Pakistan's National Cricket Team.

  • on September 29, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    Why aren't they just going for meeting the Pakistani greats who are busy elsewhere, like those of Wasim Akram, this is not a job of a cashier, this is a big responsibility role, it is disappointing to see that the PCB is waiting for the walk-in interviews. They should have straight away gone for their 'favourite man'

  • Kurapati on September 29, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    Foreign Coach for PAK?? Seriously Silly this....

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  • Kurapati on September 29, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    Foreign Coach for PAK?? Seriously Silly this....

  • on September 29, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    Why aren't they just going for meeting the Pakistani greats who are busy elsewhere, like those of Wasim Akram, this is not a job of a cashier, this is a big responsibility role, it is disappointing to see that the PCB is waiting for the walk-in interviews. They should have straight away gone for their 'favourite man'

  • HARIS355 on September 29, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    No Offence, but I think Imran Khan should be given a chance of mentoring Pakistan's National Cricket Team.

  • shamlaatu on September 29, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    It's encouraging that 9 to 12 "foreign coaches" have actually applied which in return means they don't have a problem living in Pakistan. This pretty much takes the excuse out of equation when we say foreign coaches don't want to live in Pakistan. Any by this very theory, I hope all 5 names recommended are in fact foreigners.

  • on September 29, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    Aqib would a good choice from local folks.

  • bulldawgs on September 29, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    For the 1st time they have been smart about not naming the people. Everyone knows that the person named by Mr. Butt is not in those 5 named by the committee and he will be the next head coach. Only after that person is named the head coach, Alam and Zaheer et al will tell us that they did not have him in their recommendation.

  • on September 29, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    No matter what Aaquib Javaid is the guy who will take over the position. Mr. Intikhab may to looking for a foreign coach just to teach the washroom manners to our crickter rather then coach them to enchance their cricketing abilities. Why on earth only Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh needs a foreign coach why not any other nation. Don't tell me that England has hired Zambabwian coach. Please think before taking a decision.

  • on September 29, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    Go for a Dictator and strict coach..who can stop politics !!! maybe DEV WHATMORE!

  • on September 29, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    asif zardari should be coach of pakistani team .. Hows dat ; )

  • on September 29, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    best will be a foreigner coach.i dont know what kurapati silly is talking about.we need either australian coach or SA coach jonty rhodes.