Pakistan news January 4, 2012

Recommendations for Pakistan coach finalised

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The PCB has said it has finalised its recommendations for three coaching positions for the national team; Mohsin Khan, the current interim coach, is among the 30 applicants.

The PCB committee in charge of selecting the coaches met in Lahore on Wednesday and is expected to report back to the board chairman over the next two days with its recommendations. Dav Whatmore is a strong contender for the position of head coach, who will also play a dual role as batting coach, while Aaqib Javed, appointed bowling coach for the series against England, is likely to take over the role on a long-term basis, though the PCB did not reveal any names.

"It's a huge responsibility on our shoulders," the head of the committee, Intikhab Alam, said at a press conference at the National Cricket Academy. "We received a lot of applications, both from foreign and local candidates and we had a thorough discussion on each of them and today we have finalised our recommendations."

"We have kept under consideration all the points that the chairman had mentioned and according to our recommendations the head coach will be a batting coach and there will be a bowling coach and a fielding coach. But I can't reveal you the names and a final decision will be made by the chairman." Alam was accompanied by two committee members, Zaheer Abbas and Col. Naushad Ali.

The appointment of a full-time head coach will fill a slot that's been lying vacant for six months. Waqar Younis, the previous full-time head coach, had stepped down on health grounds, and Mohsin was named interim coach. Ijaz Ahmed is the current fielding coach and could be in contention with Julian Fountain for the role, while Aaqib has returned to supervise the bowling department. The full-time appointments will also be part of a three-man coaching panel.

Whatmore, who's coached Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the past, resigned as coach of Kolkata Knight Riders and has been invited to meet with the PCB this month.

"I can't tell you the names," Alam said. "I have heard lots of strange things about the coaching options."

Mohsin, currently in charge of the team, was the former chief selector of the PCB and said he would like to retain a coaching position. "My services are always available to the PCB in whichever capacity the PCB wants it because whatever I am today, it's because of Pakistan," he said. "I have no ego problems whatever decision the PCB makes but I have already submitted an application for the coaching assignment."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • KashifMuneer on January 7, 2012, 22:59 GMT

    I agree with Arbi that the coaches name should not be revealed before the England series, it will be awkward for Mohsin and the players in the tough series. Also Whatmore is not the ideal candidate I don't believe. Some of the ex-Pakistan greats like Zaheer Abbass, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Javed Miandad or Saeed Anwar could be good batting coaches.

  • dodi4diana on January 7, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    waqar younis was a great coach and a great attacking cricketer .he and afridi and team pakistan were like a fit hand glove .

  • Toescrusher on January 7, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Recommendations for Pakistan coach finalized; the main criteria is coach must be politically savvy.

  • dummy4fb on January 7, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Pak team neads a fielding coach first and then if resources permit, batting coach will also be helpfull. All other mindless exercises will only limit the fast bowlers, which is not required.

  • dummy4fb on January 7, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Recent management is enjoying the tour of the minows of world cricket... Wining is always gud... the real competition starts from the big guns like england, the upcoming series will decide what is gud and wat is bad... We have to opt culture like england having a Team manager under which Bwling, batting, fielding trainers work.. Giving everyone a designation of coach is itself wrong (a pshycological point)...

  • dummy4fb on January 6, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    First of all i dont think pak needs a fast bowling coach. the natural talent is very capable of taking care of themselves. in any case i did not see how Waqar & Aaqib had improved any thing in the fast bowling department. that fast bowlers performed horribly in West Indies, it was the spinners who bailed them out. On the hand if you see, when ever Pak have lost any match it has always been due to poor fielding. if their fielding improved their bowlers would have got far more wickets. Also next area of concern is batting, may be the youngsters need some guidance in this department. otherwise Pak bowlers are very talented and dont need any coach.

  • Shammi_Shafi on January 6, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    I don't understand what is wrong with Pak people and Media prasing too much about Mohsin while Pakistan won weaker team like SL and BD. Thanks for so many drop catches from opposition otherwise Pak could loose the series and true coach performance of Mr. Mohsin could be revealed. Mr. Mohsin could be media manager rather than selector or coach beacuse of his glamour and confidense of camera.

  • dummy4fb on January 5, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    To anyone opposing Mohsin because of some perceived 'ego problem'...Shut up please. No really. The man's doing his job, and whether or not the team performs because of him entirely or without him entirely is not for us to decide, WE BARELY KNOW HOW THE MANAGEMENT OPERATES! All I know is, if he is part of a mixture than has created such professionalism in Pakistan cricket, then let the entire team, including coaches and managers, be. And to support Whatmore OVER Mohsin, two wrongs surely don't make a right!

  • dummy4fb on January 5, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Agreed wid jamal................. Most of our players don't understand english.. For us a local coach is best....... Especially mohsin khan is doing a good job, continue with him better for Pakistan and the team.

  • mhb1 on January 5, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    @Whisperofdeath excuse did u say gary who got bleeded to fall on the pitch who hd no idea how to hook/pull shoaib's ball is he the one you talking about ?? if thats it then let me tell you if you are suggesting because he made so called cureent world champs india to won the world cup then it just hapened because they played @ home kirsten would have been cursing his self if they would have played outside india remember this indian team got hammered by the zimbabwe yea zimbabwe right before the worldcup @ zimbabwe yes an african soil from whre kirsten belong to & knows much even he couldnt save india from humialiation by the zimbabwean yet the big mouthed indians dont want to play with minows scared hahaha

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