Pakistan news February 10, 2012

Aaqib Javed in contention for UAE coach job

ESPNcricinfo staff

Aaqib Javed, the former Pakistan fast bowler, has been shortlisted for the job of UAE coach, the Emirates Cricket Board chief-executive Dilawar Mani has said. There has been no official response from Aaqib, who has been appointed Pakistan's bowling coach, or from the PCB.

The current UAE coach, Kabir Khan, is set to return to his position as Afghanistan coach, and Aaqib is one of the people the Emirates Cricket Board is looking at to replace him. "Some 30 coaches had applied for the job; Aqib wasn't the only applicant," Dilawar Mani told ESPNcricinfo. "Out of those 30 we personally approached a couple of coaches including Aaqib Javed, but nothing is finalised yet nor has he agreed on any deal with us."

Mani said the board understood that Aaqib held a position with the Pakistan team. "It's a very sensitive case as the fact is that he is still holding a post with the Pakistan team," Mani said. "But Aaqib was a wonderful cricketer and is a proven coach, and it would be great if we are able to hire him."

Aaqib has been involved in coaching for a decade now, having started at the Lahore Regional Academy and then moved on to stints as Pakistan Under-19 coach and head coach at the National Cricket Academy. He has been involved with the national team on-and-off since 2009, as bowling coach and assistant coach. His was one of the names that emerged as a candidate for the role of Pakistan coach when Waqar Younis stepped down last year, but that looks improbable now.