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.

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  • Dummy4 on February 12, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    I don't get it, why bring Aaqib when Waqar Younis is vacant and most importantly why don't they hire players of Pakistan like Yasir Hameed, Faisal Iqbal, Tanveer Ahmed, Yasir Arafat etc. or anyother players of Sri Lanka or West Indies. Play them for 3-4 Years as soon as they become a ranked international team, groom their own players get them gradually on the squad and soon UAE will be one hell of a team.

    More Teams More Challenges!!

    Even England has 3 Africans and a Irish, so why can't an intercontinental team can play such tactics?

  • Mike on February 11, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    I say join Afghanistan, It would be better if skills are divided among the region properly! Etisalat will pay even more plus UAE is generation ahead than pakistan in lifestyle that will be offered to aaqib.

  • Huzaifah on February 11, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    The way Dilawar Mani has showcased his desire to have Aaqib Javed as the head coach of the UAE national team speaks volumes of the fact that global respect has started to return for Pakistan cricket. Performances on the field over the last 18 months has by the Grace of Allah alleviated Pakistan as one of the in-form teams at the moment and will provide them with much-needed political leverage if they want their voice to be heard at the roundtable, especially with the issue of persuading foreign teams to tour Pakistan.

  • Dummy4 on February 11, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    no Aaqib!, stay on with Pakistan, you're doing wonderful things with this team

  • sunny on February 11, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    no doubt one of the best bowler of his time and got expereince of coaching from last couple of years ....

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