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Recommendations for Pakistan coach finalised

Umar Farooq in Lahore

January 4, 2012

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KKR coach Dav Whatmore is all smiles after snapping up Shane Bond, Mumbai, January 19, 2010
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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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Posted by 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.

Posted by 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 .

Posted by Toescrusher on (January 7, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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)...

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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!

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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

Posted by m.zubair_acca on (January 5, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

Dave Whatmore will be a very good choice from the available lot, Aqib javed as a bowling coach is not a good choice, @ Shaun Gallimore, Your are absolutely right, we cannot find better than this if we want to improve our batsmen technique and mental toughness. We need high profile coaches not the average people (Mohsin and company) who have no advance techniques of coaching, No planning and international experience. @Baundele, wo itna bewaqoof nahi ha..., he has finalised all the terms and conditions before resigning.

Posted by shahnaseer on (January 5, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

what about a lady coach for PAK

Posted by T.M.M on (January 5, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

PCB should not hire an international coach, as current management is doing the fantastic job. Why to change a sustainable and result oriented coaching and players body any way? The players must be compatible with coaching methodology and wants, and it will be again a sort of new era for players to understand the coach and vice versa. Any way, all the best to the Pakisatn Cricket team and coaches for the future, whoever is chosen. Keep up the current form.

Posted by Whisperofdeath on (January 5, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

I think Dav is a expired coach by now. Pakistan need coach with fresh Ideas and strategies like (India had Kristen). One look around and can find Justin Langer, Naseer Hussain, Dean Jones or Rashid Latif. Anyone sincere and fresh ideas would work. Let see what Dav would be bring to Pakistan cricket.

Posted by purposeful on (January 5, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

mohsin khan has no role in teams good performance it is all because of players. he just try to show himself well atached to team when camera starts rolling, need a foreign coach and no local coach. dont people remember javed miandad working under ijaz butt just for money these people can never do good for pakistan cricket.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2012, 2:59 GMT)

what is the need before a series announcing these things it may create diffrence in team...

Posted by   on (January 5, 2012, 2:17 GMT)

Pakistan have more talent then other countries then why should they run after a foreign coach. javed Miandad, Rashid Latif,Aqib Javed, wasim Bari,abdul Qaqir, you name them and Pakistan will have them. If the players need the English teacher then get the English teacher for them but for coaching I would choose a Pakistani,whats wrong with inzeman.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2012, 0:56 GMT)

i think zardari will be a good candidate....

Posted by   on (January 4, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

Dav Whatmore is a good coach. But taking into account the cultural background of the players as well as in most of the cases their inability to understand and express themselves in English, to my mind, may confuse issues and create isunderstanding between the coach and the players. This view has been aired by some Pakistani retired players as well. Jamal Anjum

Posted by Shrekk on (January 4, 2012, 20:46 GMT)

Same old names. PCB needs to start being original in their search. We need better people than Aqib or Whatmore whose cricketing knowledge hasn't got any new ideas on offer. We need a proper BATTING ONLY coach. I don't know about Fountain but I hope he's good at his job and not just another name the PCB got hooked on to just cuz one of the other sub-continental teams recently used him.

Posted by pintu01 on (January 4, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

Mohsin Khan should remain as the main coach, he is doing wonderful job. In the past foreign coaches didn't bring that much value to the Pakistan team. Please do not disturbe the current team structure and cohesion.

Posted by tariqueanwar111 on (January 4, 2012, 17:04 GMT)

good move for pak cricket . whatmore is best choice. good luck for him and pak team also......................................................\

Posted by   on (January 4, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

Justin Langer will be free shortly

Posted by Baundele on (January 4, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

It can be interesting if Whatmore is not chosen. He may find himself unemployed.

Posted by mars33 on (January 4, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

I don't understand,Why not Pakistan keep Mohsin Khan as they are doing excellent job last few month

Posted by   on (January 4, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

A batsman with test average of 22 and and first average of 33 will be the batting coach. He may be good coach but come on; you can find better batting coach then him.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

Mohsin Khan should held his post. Ijaz Ahmed should be replaced by Julian Fountain as fielding coah. And Aqib Javed should be declared as permanent bowling coach.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

pakistan is heading in the right direction.

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