Pakistan news February 9, 2014

PCB shortlists applicants in coach hunt


The PCB's coach committee, comprising former captains Javed Miandad, Intikhab Alam and Wasim Akram, has made recommendations for the positions of head, batting and fielding coaches for the national side. There were no overseas applicants among the 25 that were received for the three posts. The committee has made two recommendations for each position as the board looks to find replacements for Dav Whatmore and fielding coach Julien Fountain in time for the forthcoming Asia Cup in Bangladesh. In November 2013, the PCB had decided not to extend Whatmore's contract as coach.

Mohammad Akram's contract as Pakistan's bowling coach has been extended by two years, beginning February 2014. His previous contract, with a one-year tenure, had ended in August 2013 and Akram has been working on a monthly basis since then, due to uncertainty in the PCB leadership.

The PCB had advertised for the positions last month and constituted the coach committee to recommend names after evaluating the applications. The committee met at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore to select the probables and suggested the PCB take a final call on the selection.

"I am happy that no foreigner has applied for the job and it's not surprising at all," Akram said after the meeting. "We have been favouring foreign coaches in the past but it's time to promote our own coaches who have been working for long. Our recommendations are merely on the basis of merit and according to cricket sense, which eventually will prove beneficial for the country in the longer run."

ESPNcricinfo has learnt that Mohsin Khan and Waqar Younis are among the contenders for head coach.

Mohsin served as the interim coach for five months in 2011-12 and in this period Pakistan beat England 3-0 in the UAE. He was replaced by Whatmore in March 2012. Waqar was appointed coach of the national team in March 2010. Under his guidance, Pakistan reached the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 in West Indies and won the Test and ODI series in New Zealand. Waqar's time as coach was checkered by the spot-fixing controversy and Zulqarnain Haider's move to England after receiving death threats.

In the past, Pakistan was coached by former players until Richard Pybus took over as the first foreign coach in 1999. Since then, Bob Woolmer, Geoff Lawson, Whatmore and Fountain have served coaching roles.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Sheikh Hammadh on February 13, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    In my point of view Mohsin Khan is better candidate among W.Younis, Moin.k. Anyhow PCB decided to appoint Moin Khan as head coach. Will c how he is going to serve!

  • Manoj on February 11, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    I think even without foreign coaches, Pak can stay ahead of our mediocre home track bulies.

  • Dummy on February 11, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    Mohsin Khan would be much better choice than Waqar Younis bringing much needed stability. Inzamam should be hired as a batting coach, being the ideal for millions of Pakistanis, I am sure he will not disappoint even if used for next two major events.. And please make a special place for our very own legend, Wasim Akram even as a manager.. Please

  • asad on February 10, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    As far as coaching goes I was hoping it could be something like bowling coach: Waqar Younis/ Wasim Akram, batting coach: Inzimam-ul-haq/ Mohammad Yousuf, head coach: Mohsin Khan. For fielding coach I don't know who it should be cuz Fountain was doing a good job & should have been retained but they let him go as well. Fielding coach could be any qualified person or someone who can teach our keepers Tito do wicket keeping.

  • asad on February 10, 2014, 22:54 GMT

    @Real Rohan: I don't know how you can say Pakistan is a bad team when your team is doing so bad. As a team ranked no.2 you guys lost to a no.8 ranked team. Also just to remind you that roughly this time last year Pakistan was ranked above India in tests, that was before you guys beat Australia & WI at home Pakistan lost to SA and drew a series with Zim. After we drew the series against SA we moved to no.4 but Australia whitewashed the Ashes & we moved back to no.5. To summarize you guys moved up the ranks by beating Australia & WI at HOME while we had a more tougher 5 tests (in total) against SA & 2 tests against Zim (which we should have won both, but losing was only our fault). But what's more embarrassing a no.2 team losing to a no.8 team or a no.5 team losing to a no.10 team (unranked=no.10). When it comes to our test players being int. standard at least 5 of them are Younis, Misbah, Ajmal, Junaid & Rehman. We also have guys like Ahmed, Talha, Azhar & Sarfraz who could get better.

  • Farooq on February 10, 2014, 22:04 GMT

    Waqar is by far the best choice. Mohsin is good but talks a bit too much. Waqar is a wonderful, educated person, has high self esteem and most of all knows how to win. He has been up there and knows the niti grity of carving victories. His performance as a player and the coach speaks volumes and we should not loose this great opportunity. He is the tonic this team needs.

  • A on February 10, 2014, 20:53 GMT

    Dear Mr Rohan, I think you are mistaken about the test record of India versus Pakistan. Pakistan have a better away record than India in tests away because they have the bowlers to take 20 wickets from the 50s with Fazal Mahmood to Imran Khan in the 80s, Wasim and Waqar in the 90s, shoaib and now junaid khan the list goes on. Didn't take Pak long to win their first away test in England, Australia, NZ etc. no contest!! Who would you rather face? Ishant Sharma and zaheer khan or junaid and Irfan??

  • Tahir on February 10, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    Waqar is the best option as he has a good cricketing mind. people who are favouring Mohsin should remember that we lost 4-0 against the same England in UAE after beating them 3 - 0 in tests. Moreover, we need a coach who has played in recent past and the younger player have seen him playing like their ideal. Waqar with a batting coach would be best choice in present circumstances.

  • Musa on February 10, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    INDIA is so Pathetic that it is beaten by newzealand lol pakistan beat them in 2010-2011 both test and odis and t20s . India lost odis and also now have lost 1st test which means they cant win the test series. So who is better outside subcontinent?? India or Pakistan ?? definitely Pakistan as pakistan have won a test in england against england and won a test in england against australia, won a test in Newzealand, Won Odi series in newzealand, lost Odi series against england in england in 2010 3-2 not by 4-0 like indians :P and then won 2-1 recently against south africa where as india lost 2-0 against southafrica in Odis and lost 1-0 in tests. Overall Pakistan is way better than india as it has always have been a better competitive unit than india over the years. Indians outside their home tend to lose faith in themselves very quickly!! And further more if Pakistani players are ordinary then how come Misbah is top Odi scorer , Hafeez second highest, Ajmal top wicket taker?? Ans please !

  • Basir on February 10, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    Good luck for the new coach...Waqar has excellent cricketing brain and could deliver better coaching services to Pakistan cricket team. I hope there is no more controversies once he is appointed. Mohsin Khan is also a good candidate and did well as interim coach - Looking forward to hear the results soon.

  • No featured comments at the moment.