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PCB shortlists applicants in coach hunt

Umar Farooq

February 9, 2014

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Wasim Akram explains the finer points of fast bowling to Umar Gul during a net session in Lahore, May 13, 2007
Wasim Akram was happy that there were no applications from foreign coaches for the vacancies in the PCB © Getty Images
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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.

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Posted by Hammadh444 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!

Posted by Yuosufahmed on (February 11, 2014, 4:23 GMT)

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

Posted by wapuser 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

Posted by t20cric 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.

Posted by t20cric 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.

Posted by dual.citizen 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.

Posted by BringbackMiandad 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??

Posted by malik_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.

Posted by musa441 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 !

Posted by Fraidoon 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.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 10:47 GMT)

well mr rohan just tell me what happened to India in south Africa and now in Newzeland well india can only play at home pakistan is much better team all over the world

Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 10:29 GMT)

how about a no1 team losing to no5, no6 and no8? its funny when pak lose, people say they are not good but forget that they are ranked 5/6 so this expected from them. thats why they are 5/6 in ranking. and shows they are not good enough or consistent enough.

but what about a no1or 2 losing from no 5 or no6 and then from no8? i think that should be more poor than a 5 th or 6 th ranked team losing its half of games?

Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 10:18 GMT)

When they will announce the name of head coach? Asian Cup is too close.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 10:11 GMT)

I have never said that Pakistan is a bad ODI team so donno why some people replying me with result of SA odi series. As a test team you are really ordinary. You've only 2-3 International quality players. Last time u toured SA u were thrashed & than u lost to Zimbabwe. People who are talking about past record: Yea Pak used to be a great team with all those legends like Waqar, Wasim etc but now ur just a team of bunch of over hyped ordinary players. @AndyZaltzmannsHair: Yea whenever u guys fail it is someone else fault but when u win it is all ur credit. Ranking is same for everyone so stop crying about it. Pak is just not good enough to go on top & with these bunch u wont either. So keep celebrating 1-2 ODI series that u won by luck because thats all u can do haha

Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

Pakistan need a strict coach just like Javed Miandad, No foreign coach will improve Pakistan Team.

Posted by lioger on (February 10, 2014, 9:38 GMT)

For the information of Real Rohan & other Indian ignorant fans & followers, Pakistan is by far the most better team compared to any other Asian team, Pakistan is the only Asian side who beat SA in SA recently, as far as your comment goes that Pakistan win series against lower ranked team it very true because the lowest team we have beaten last year was INDIA in INDIA so i believe you should start researching more before expressing such comments.......

Posted by Yousuf9999 on (February 10, 2014, 9:24 GMT)

guyss!!! real rohan. is just trying to get some attention nothing else... he doesnt seem to have any cricket sense. just ignore lol... btw we are the only asian team who recently won an ODi series in SA. and recently got a record 300+ chase in test history.... and did you forget how we beat you in your own home ground and won a series by 3/2 ...you were almost whitewashed.... you couldnt even beat us in your home ground...lol

Posted by imrankhattak on (February 10, 2014, 8:22 GMT)

So what if india has lost all their matches in their current series, after all Australia at home is unbeatable ... what? ... india has lost all of their matches to New Zealand?? mwahahaha

Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 7:49 GMT)

@ real rohan, u r really a good cricketing mind and u forget very soon last year meet pak vs india in india , which pak wins the series against so called world champions on there home ground,

Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 6:11 GMT)

@real rohan are you really serious about what you are saying.... Please Pakistan is by far the most talented team in world cricket.. unlike your Indian team which have players groomed in IPL but still get thrashed away from home..

Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 4:23 GMT)

Pakistan have the best bowling attack in the world.If they could improve on fielding,without a doubt the best team in the world.Going through the statistics Indians cant win any Test matches outside India unless Laxman.dravids and tendulkars are bought back from retirement.I feel IPL had produced cricketing Butchers and not technically correct batsmen in India while watching the recent matches.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 3:30 GMT)

If our players fear from INDIA than the legs of your whole team shakes when shoaib nd wasim were in front of them

Posted by stoneburst on (February 10, 2014, 1:53 GMT)

that's good,,, But as far as fielding coach is concern,, i think the best option is " JONTY RHODES" , he has no replacement in this arena.... in past, he made application when "JULIAN fountain" was appointed as fielding coach.... WONDER, why PCB didn't take him into consideration,, SECOND OPTION COULD BE " HERCHELLE GIBBS",, he has also a huge reputation in fielding area

Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 1:44 GMT)

@Real Rohan haha funny though if test is what you mean a real cricket then a sad news for you India lost to NZ by 40 runs, and If you say about team, Misbah is far much better batsman than your whole playing XI,and given that the conditions scenarios Pakistan is this is satisfactory for us.. We can judge India's fear by only this that you people still afraid to play against our players even in IPL, remeber Sohail Tanvir lol :P

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (February 9, 2014, 21:48 GMT)

@Real Rohan: In Pakistans exceptional circumstances rankings don't mean anything. They play by far and away the least Test cricket among the Top 8 nations and don't play at home. The rankings were never designed for a team like Pakistan and its predicament. The silliness of the rankings overall will be compounded with the Big 3 farming points regularly against each other and the smaller nations left with little meaningful Test cricket. How is WI gonna rise up the rankings when all it may get is some cricket with nations ranked 7-8?!?

Posted by wapuser on (February 9, 2014, 20:33 GMT)

Lol real Rohan first i show you something. Record between pakistan vs India in test.

Number of meetings Tests: 59 ODIs: 124 Most wins Tests: Pakistan (12) ODIs: Pakistan (71) Lol as per u pakistan only won against small team like Indian lol yeh you right Real Rohan :)

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 19:03 GMT)

@jsaeed: Oh Really. So Ranking doesn't matter when your team is stuck but when Pak become no 1 in T20 you people were praising ranking like it is the best thing ever. Also I have never seen you guys complaining about Ajmal being a top ranked player? @drnaveed: Yea you are right our performance out of India in test has been rubbish but at least we win at home. You guys cant even do that. When was the last time you won a test series against top team? Not recently that for sure. As for Pakistan's test performance out of UAE well you lost to Zimbabwe haha. Like I said Pakistan is a very Mediocre team with ordinary players. You'll win test here and there and probably win series against lower ranked team but it is very less likely that you'll become one of the top test team regardless whoever you hire as a coach because coach not gonna play for you out there

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 18:45 GMT)

The should at least continue with Julian Fountain as fielding coach. Pakistan fielding has been better in the time he has been in charge. They should also bring in a foreign physio. Physical fitness is just not a Pakistani culture. I would have rather have someone like Rashid Latif as head coach; and then you can bring in guys like Mohsin Khan to support as batting coaches, etc.

Posted by drnaveed on (February 9, 2014, 18:33 GMT)

@Real Rohan , well , better you should concentrate only on dismal performance of your team abroad.loosing 10 out of 11 , and it could have been 11 out of 11 ( loses ) , had SA batsmen been more positive to score those remaining few runs to win that test match .Pakistan's performance is far more better than your team India.you are perhaps not living in this world , as you have a very little or perhaps no knowledge about the performances of our team in general , and your team's performances abroad , in particular ....

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (February 9, 2014, 18:20 GMT)

@Real Rohan: Pakistan are comfortably 5th not 6th in the rankings. It was only a year ago they were 3rd briefly. Unlike India they don't farm cheap ranking points to stay farcically in the top 3 continuously. And they can actually win outside of their home. Enjoy your forthcoming series against Bangladesh. I think those Bangladeshis will give your team a run for its money.

Posted by alipk52 on (February 9, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

Would love to see Zaheer Abbas, he would have been the best option, if not him than I would opt for Saeed Anwar, I don't like M.Akram, he does nothing, Junaid Khan is naturally talented, and he always seem to use it..big question comes when bilawal bhatti bowls, he also has immense talent, but Mr.Akram didn't worked on his line and length or to guide him why he leaks so many runs, bilawal is great bowler, just need a proper coach which unfortunately, Mr.Akram is missing big time. Wasim Akram, Waqar and Sarfraz Nawaz are the best options available, still they keep on going with medicore options like Akram and Whatmore etc..thankfully for Pakistan cricket, Whatmore's contract is over, otherwise I would have seen more batting disaster in upcoming games from Pakistan.

Posted by jsaeed on (February 9, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

@ Real rohan... Pakistan without home ground advantage and without regular test matches is still a better team than the current England and India, dont boast about rankings they matter nothing, u could listen to Boycotts interview and what he says about ranking... without EQUAL number of matches ranking system will always always be fundamentally flawed....

As for the coach plz PCB reach out for a foreign coach for Fielding department and apoint Waqar as head n let go of akram n bring a batting coach...

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

its good that we are goin to have a local coach... but no foreign applicant??? dats astonishing!!!!! I mean it must b a dream for any coach to work for an international teams rather than in counties and leagues... its dissapointing as a pakistani nation...

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

Does it really matter. As a team Pakistan's performance has always been the same. As a ODI team they are decent. They win a series here and there but as a test team they are very mediocre who had not won a series in a long time. God knows for long they have stuck at No 6 in test ranking lol. No matter who is the coach I dont think they'll climb up the test ranking. They just dont have the quality to become one of the top test team.

Posted by Nigah on (February 9, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

Mohsin Khan should be appointed as head coach because he is a cool and intelligent person, moreover his batting record over bouncy pitches is phenomenal. The big thing is he is an ex-actor who knows how to tackle these cricketers and their dressing room.

Posted by ICKY on (February 9, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

Mohsin being a cool head and having ability to get along better with boys desrves to be head coach. Wasim or Waqar should be head bowling coach and M.Akram as deputy bowling coach. The fielding coach can not be a local coach as we have seen all previous and present local players and coaches. We should hire a foreign coach for fielding from NZ or SA. There is no way we can just let this position go to drain. Fielding is these days the most important part of competitive Cricket. Please for the sake of game in Pakistan, contact a foreign coach for FIELDING. We have seen how Intikhab used to coach for fielding and that was the comedy of the century. Thats why our dropped catches and fielding lapses did not allow us to be number 1 team despite having best bowlers and batsmen in the world.

Posted by Stark62 on (February 9, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

Mohsin Khan should have been kept at least, a million galaxies away from the coaching job!!

Pak are going to be isolated and they need to select a coach, who is going to help take Pak to a new level, not start the regression.

Posted by Desihungama on (February 9, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

Well, the fact is no foreigner has applied for the job due to recent ICC proposals there would be no International Cricket for Pakistan. They'll patch up with Sri Lanka but I am afraid Pakistan will be left to scrap for an odd Test series once in a blue moon. Now which coach wants to step into such situation? This is worst than the apartheid South Africa had to face just because Pakistan stood up in the face of tyranny. I cannot believe they all are in together and going to punish the country which spearheaded neutral umpiring movement, stood up top the might of English board, challenged West Indies in their prime, introduced variations in bowling such as Doosras, Revers Swing to name a few.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 15:39 GMT)

Mohsin Khan should be preferred over othrs

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 15:29 GMT)

Mohsin khan should be the head coach because he has a brilliant record as a coach during 5 months.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 14:39 GMT)

Mohsin will be better as the side needs a father figure who will be heard without questions asked. Mohsin looks very sensible and able.

Posted by avmd on (February 9, 2014, 13:48 GMT)

Had Waqar made head coach, M Akram was not needed as bowling coach. To accommodate Akram, he got an extended contact, head coach will be a batsman or keeper, Mohsin or Moeen. I would have preferred Waqar, but that will not happen now.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 13:41 GMT)

Whats the point in extending the contract of bowling coach's stint before we have a head coach. if Waqar is finally appointed as head coach then we may need a batting coach and he himself will look after the bowling. I see no local person who can serve as a good fielding coach. keeping the fingers crossed.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 13:38 GMT)

Well done Mr. Zaka Ashraf we love you Sir you really deserve massive respect always brings positive in PCB.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 12:58 GMT)

Team needs coach when they never produced legends, By the Grace of GOD Pakistan has always and will produce more legends. Happy to see no Outsiders. Wasim Akram should be Bowling Coach. Mohsin Khan Should be Head Coach. Javed Miadad should be Batting Coach. Thanks

Posted by hamza893 on (February 9, 2014, 12:52 GMT)

Mohsin as A head coach. Inzi as a batting coach. We should pick any professional which has the knowledge of the grounds as a fielding coach. Why we are not considering any bowling coach.yes,i agree Akram had done good job but still we need the likes of Waqar and Wasim.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

Mohsin Khan should be selected as the head coach. He was a technically correct batsmen and can work on the techniques of our batsmen. Waqar can be great coach but we need someone who will be able to contribute more to the batsman and Waqar is not that guy. It didn't help that team unity wasn't during his time as coach whereas this is Mohsin Khan's main priority. Perhaps he could serve well as the bowling coach.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 12:50 GMT)

and i bet moin khan would be finally selected

Posted by ever_green on (February 9, 2014, 12:00 GMT)

Good move from PCB not to appoint foreign coach. I think Mohsin should be the head coach and he can also look after the batting problems, Waqar should be bowling coach and Shoaib Mohammad should be fielding coach.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 11:56 GMT)

at last sense seems to prevail. its good to see our local ex cricketers should try a hand as coach. this will improve our standards indeed... as communication problem which persisted between our players and foreign coaches will remain no more. hence performance will be key to hold position in the team... good to see.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 11:50 GMT)

i have seen in media that mohsin and waqar are strong for head coach. while many praise mohsin's stint as a coach because of england white wash in tests, we should also not forget that right after that test series, pak was white washed in odi by eng when odi was paks strong point. so 50-50. waqar has ok time as coach but some issues like spot fixing, zulqarnain, and afridi issue and captaicy things did surfaced at that time. they have not revealed more names and media is reporting that it will be waqar. lets see who it will be.

important thing will be batting coach as batting is major concern for pak.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (February 9, 2014, 11:40 GMT)

Foreign coach wont bring anything good to Pakistan team as they are professional people who will not understand the dirty politics thats happen within the Pakistan team. There players are known for having bad relation between themselves and to deal with such bunch of people PCB needs someone from pakistan who'll understand what is going on. Also after losing series everyone make the foreign coach a scapegoat that brings extra pressure on them but if the coach is from pakistan he will know how to deal with that.

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