Pakistan news February 12, 2012

PCB keen to retain Aaqib Javed


The PCB has said it will try to retain Aaqib Javed in the national team's support staff though he has been shortlisted for the job of UAE coach. Javed's contract with the PCB as Pakistan's bowling coach ends on February 29.

ESPNcricinfo understands that Javed wants to move on from the Pakistan role because of the heftier salary offered by UAE and to give his children more opportunities. Incidentally, the current UAE coach, former Pakistan fast bowler Kabir Khan, wants to shift out of the UAE as he said he was unable to find a suitable school for his children.

There has been no official word from Aaqib, but the PCB wants to extend his contract as a specialist bowling coach with the three-man coaching panel likely to be headed by Dav Whatmore. "His name was recommended by the coach committee as a bowling coach for the Pakistan cricket team," the PCB Chairman, Zaka Ashraf, told ESPNcricinfo. "Though his contract finishes at the end of the England series, we are all set to extend his contract and offer him a long-term role as bowling coach.

"He hasn't informed us or tendered his resignation to the PCB but if he is thinking of it, then we have to sit down and talk to him. He is a qualified coach and a dedicated person. Obviously UAE has offered him a job considering his performance with Pakistan.

"I was informed that Javed is keen to take up the UAE job to give his family more opportunities and that is obviously his own choice and we can't interfere in his personal matters. I definitely won't stop him for wanting to boost his career but we will obviously want to inform him what we have decided for him about his future with Pakistan. Ultimately the decision is his own."

Aaqib has been involved in coaching for a decade now, working his way up to a national role after starting at the grassroots level. He was earlier in contention for the job of Pakistan head coach but his chances faded as the coach committee wanted a foreigner for the role.

"We had to choose a foreign coach - who actually is more qualified than our coaches in Pakistan," Ashraf said. "His job is not only to coach the player but will also help raise the level of our coaches. That will make our pool of coaches useful not only for Pakistan but for the rest of the world as well."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Shuja on February 14, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    There is a saying. "Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth". Thats what is going to happen with the Pakistan cricket team if you have 3 or 4 members in coaching team having their say. I would recommend give the duties to Whatmore and he will deal with it. And my request to Pakistan selectors to consider talents like Ahmed Shehzad, Imran Nazir and get rid of Imran Farhat. My teams for Test, ODI and T 20 would be.

    Test: 1) Yasir Hameed 2) Taufeeq Umer 3) Younis Khan 4) Azhar Ali 5) Mohammad Hafeez 6) Misbah Ul Haq 7) Zulqarnain Hyder (wk) 8) Abdul Rehman 9) Wahab Riaz 10) Umer Gul 11) Saeed Ajmal

    ODI: 1) Imran Nazir 2) Ahmed Shehzad 3) Mohammad Hafeez 4) Younis Khan 5) Umer Akmal (wk) 6) Misbah Ul Haq 7) Shahid Afridi 8) Abdul Razzaq 9) Junaid Khan 10) Umer Gul 11) Saeed Ajmal

    T20: 1) Imran Nazir 2) Ahmed Shehzad 3) Mohammad Hafeez 4) Awais Zia 5) Umer Akmal (wk) 6) Hammad Azam 7) Shahid Afridi 8) Abdul Razzaq 9) Junaid Khan 10) Umer Gul 11) Saeed Ajmal

  • Azim on February 14, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Great ... PCB is very keen to retain a recognizable Bowling Coach however don't care about recognizable Batting Coach; where Pakistan is the Weaker Link? Batting is a serious issue since 1990 when Imran Khan also said "We don't even have a batsman like Dean Jonse" this statement came while Malik, Rameez, Shoaib M, Q Umer, Ijaz were the regular members of the Pakistani batting. In the category of track and filed our batsmen can only qualify as 'Sprinters' they don't know the art of 'Marathon' unfortunately 'Sprinters' are used in the competition of 'Marathon'.

  • Israr on February 14, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    I think the only thing pakistan has ever needed is a Batting Coach. I do think we have several good options at home. I think the team management shouldn't be changed except for bringing in a specialist Coach. How about getting the services of our best opening pair ever Aamir Sohail and The legend himself Saeed Anwer.

    Has anybody also realised how the Aussies are getting tips from Wasim. Wasim is Greatest left arm ever...How about asking getting him to give few words of advice to Gul and Riaz.

  • RANA on February 13, 2012, 8:30 GMT


  • Dummy4 on February 13, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    Mohsin is doing great job than whats the point yo bring coach from some other country I dont get it. the goal is take team in next level and maje them perform good and mohsin khan is doung his job very well if they changed the coach it wull be disaster. Aqib is very good bowling coach mohsing ejaz and aqib very good team we should keep them fir betterment if pakistan cricket

  • Dummy4 on February 13, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    Aaqib Javed should be the coach... assisted by Whatmore and Manager Mohsin Khan!!

  • adeel on February 12, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    aqib should be offered head coach job with a batting assistan coach..dav whatmoere will only take the team backward in my view. keep mohsin on for another couple of series and see how he does..why waste money on foriegn coachs who will have problem communicating to players.

  • Naveed on February 12, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    Pakistan's bowling has been their strength throughout the last 2 decades or so. The batting has been the problem. Pakistan has abundant talent that needs guidance and professional expertise. The likes of Imran Farhat, Taufeeq Umar, Yasir Hameed, Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Imran Nazir and even Hafeez played tons of ODIs but could not overcome their technical flaws and frailties. Head Coach needs to be a batsman to rectify this. We have plenty options within Pakistan but it's up to PCB. I still have not understood Ijaz Ahmed's role. He was not really a technically sound batsman and is he the Assistant Batting Coach now? We have Miandad, Zaheer Abbas, Inzi, Yusuf were excellent technically. Someone like them is needed. We still have problems with batting, especially opening position. For bowling coach we have Waseem, Waqar, Aaqib. Anyone of them is good. Other countries are using their services, why not us. Even Saqlain and Mushtaq should be used for Pakistan if they are interested!

  • Rizwan on February 12, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    Aaqib has definitely done a great job with Pakistan. But I think it's time for him to take the UAE job and bolster his credentials further. He can always come back to Pakistan in a couple of years as a more experienced and professional coach. Good luck Aaqib and thank you for everything you've done for Pakistan so far!

  • Sanjeev on February 12, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    This team was written off. Wait till it comes back in the form it use to be. They showed flashes of their past prime in the last world cup.

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