Pakistan news February 11, 2014

Moin named new Pakistan coach, Sohail removed as selector

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Amid a slew of changes to Pakistan cricket, Moin Khan has been named the new head coach of the national side. The decision was taken at an eight-member management committee meeting, a day after PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf was dismissed and the board of governors dissolved.

Moin will replace Dav Whatmore, whose contract expires this month. He had been appointed team manager before the tour to Zimbabwe in August 2013 but had recently been replaced by Zakir Khan.

In other major changes, Aamer Sohail's appointment as chief selector last week was denounced, and former Pakistan cricketer Azhar Khan was put in charge of an interim selection committee.

The committee, headed by newly reappointed PCB chairman Najam Sethi, also endorsed Mohammad Akram's two-year contract as Pakistan's bowling coach. A new fielding coach was also appointed, with Shoaib Mohammad put in charge for the Asia Cup and World Twenty20.

When Ashraf was in charge of the PCB, he had appointed Sohail as director game and development national cricket academy and given him an additional charge of chief selector. But the Sethi-led PCB denounced a majority of the decisions taken by Ashraf since Ashraf came to power last month. "The management committee decided in principle that any decision which lacks transparency or due process shall not be ratified," said Sethi while briefing the press in Lahore after a five-hour meeting.

"(Since) PCB service rules were not followed in the decision to appoint him [Sohail] … further, the record reflects that Aamer Sohail was never issued a letter of appointment for any post in PCB, therefore he held no post in PCB.

"The appointments of Mr. Basit Ali (coach of regional cricket academies in Karachi) and Mr. Mohammad Ilyas (chief selector of junior teams and the women's national team) were not in accordance with PCB Services Rules. Their appointments are declared as void abinitio, null and void."

Apart from these major cricketing changes, the committee also took several administrative decisions including the appointment of the advisory Committee on Regional Affairs comprising representatives of Regions, and another committee on Cricketing Affairs comprising former captains and former chairmen of PCB.

Though the PCB advertised three coaching positions including head, batting and fielding coach, the management committee scrapped the batting coach position. It has decided to introduce a new role called chief cricket consultant, filled by former captain Zaheer Abbas - also a managing committee member, has been named to travel with the team to supervise the batting department.

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

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  • on February 14, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    A comparison between Misbah and Malik's T20 career.

    Misbah is a consistent scorer in all formats of the game since last 3 years, the irony is he has been ignored from such a big tournament like World T-20.

    No one is going to forget his contribution to his domestic T-20 team Faisalabad Wolves. WON the Faysal Bank T-20 while being the top scorer of the team plus represented his team in Champions League T-20 2013 and remained top scorer of the team over there as well. Contributed heavily with the bat to his Caribbean Premier league team as well in 2013.

    WHERE DOES MALIK STAND IN FRONT OF MISBAH?

    Misbah ul Haq Matches 39 Runs 788 Highest Score 87* Average 37.52 Strike Rate 110.20

    Shoaib Malik Matches 55 Runs 907 Highest Score 57 Average 23.25 Strike Rate 106.83

  • BUKHARI53 on February 14, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    What a joke with Pakistan Cricket. Rapid changes in the PCB management by the authorities (Chairman of the Board or Patron in chief). These actions are not serving cricket in the country, rather are damaging it. Moreover, when we see our cricketers performance in domestic season, specially ongoing Faisal Bank T20, it is extremely disappointing and hopeless. Very few players scored some runs or took wickets, but majority proved to be a failure. What our nation can expect from these players in Asia Cup and World T20 in Bangladesh. Selectors will have to depend on these under performed players, because they do not have any choice. Some new faces do perform at domestic level, but after selection in the national squads, they do not match the standard of international cricket. Therefore, it is needed that measures are taken to improve quality and standard of domestic cricket, with the help of ex Pakistan stars like Zaheer, Miandad, Inzmam, Waqar, Wasim Akram and Saqlain.

  • MianNasir on February 13, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Can some body tell for how long these decisions will last??? It looks a game of musical chair...

  • t20cric on February 12, 2014, 22:37 GMT

    Moin Khan instead of Waqar doesn't seem like a good decision but Moin was a good wk and if he can teach our keepers to do their job well then his job is accomplished. I think Waqar should have been at least bowling coach coz now our pace attack is definitely weaker (but younger) then the other 2 great fast bowling nations (SA & Australia). Under Waqar our bowling attack would have gotten even stronger. As for Azhar Khan & Shoaib Mohammad I've never heard of them but hope that they can do their jobs well. The job description for Zaheer's job seems like he is a batting coach but I'm nutty entirely sure. I just hope that with the way the decisions are being changed they don't change all these decisions coz Asia Cup is in roughly 2 weeks time & some stability in PCB will help our team's chances.

  • MianNasir on February 12, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    Can some body tell for how long these decisions will last??? It looks a game of musical chair...

  • on February 12, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Inzimam without doubt will be very good batting coach insha allah moreso this regular shift of power balance in pk board has done no good/favor to cricket pk and is to blamed on all but moreso on the govt.

  • rezauk on February 12, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    I hope you're right when you say Moin Khan encouraged Pakistan to go for their last test victory. I can still remember him as captain against England when he tried to slow the game down to stop England winning. Bad light prevailed but the match continued with an England victory.

    Fortune favours the brave

    Final word

    1 batting coach (expert needed) , 1 bowling coach (expert needed) and 1 fielding coach (expert needed).

    We can go from there

  • iffy187 on February 12, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    Just because people were good batsmen, bowlers, fielder, does not necessarily constitute to them being good coaches,Take Football for example the best coach in the world currently Jose Mourinho did not even play the game, he started of as a translator. a coaches job is to provide guidance and support, to build on skills already set in stone, if the players do not go out and put the plan into action you cant blame the coach.

    Every decision made by the PCB is constantly slated, we have got one of the best captains we have ever had in Misbah, and people still complain he is not good enough to play for Pakistan. lets just get behind the team for once, im sure if Pakistan have a good 2014, win the asia cup and T20 everyone will be commenting on how good Moin Khan is bla bla bla . lets support him from the start, as for the people complaining about zimbabwe, im sure Dav whatmore was still in charge.

  • drnaveed on February 12, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    like in tennis , we used to had a 'NON - PLAYING CAPTAIN ' , similarly , here , our cricket matters should be run by 11 top greats of all time, should be called ' NON PLAYING ELEVEN ' .that should include players like (say for example ) hanif muhammad, javed miandad , imran khan ,inzimam ul haq , muhammad yousuf ,waqar younus , waseem akram ,abdul qadir and others .from whom, Chairman , Chief Selectors , Selectors , Coaches ( batting balling and fielding ) should be selected,and their performances should be judged ,say every yearly or two yearly, and depending on their performances , their places should be checked. if performed well than ,they should secure their individual place ,otherwise be replaced by some other great, afterall , we are not short of any talents...

  • on February 12, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Current changes are a mix of Good and Bad decisions 1- Change of Chairman PCB was the fine move but appointment of Najam sethi is wrong 2- Head coach role for Moin khan is a good move but Extended reign of M.Akram is not good (Waqar should have been the bowling coach) 3- Azhar khan is not good enough when he comes in comparison of Aamir Sohail. But chief selector should b a foreign sharp mind probably from Aus or SA who can select talent from grass root level 4- Where is the batting coach cum team mentor who can act as a backbone for a fragile batting lineup?Saeed anwar or Inzamam ul haq can fit in this role 5- Julian fountain's hardwork was finaly taking shape in form of a much improved fielding unit but what would a tame Shoib Muhammad will add to the team being fielding coach that too in the presence of a legendry WK as a head coach? . PCB can not ever take series of right steps!

  • on February 14, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    A comparison between Misbah and Malik's T20 career.

    Misbah is a consistent scorer in all formats of the game since last 3 years, the irony is he has been ignored from such a big tournament like World T-20.

    No one is going to forget his contribution to his domestic T-20 team Faisalabad Wolves. WON the Faysal Bank T-20 while being the top scorer of the team plus represented his team in Champions League T-20 2013 and remained top scorer of the team over there as well. Contributed heavily with the bat to his Caribbean Premier league team as well in 2013.

    WHERE DOES MALIK STAND IN FRONT OF MISBAH?

    Misbah ul Haq Matches 39 Runs 788 Highest Score 87* Average 37.52 Strike Rate 110.20

    Shoaib Malik Matches 55 Runs 907 Highest Score 57 Average 23.25 Strike Rate 106.83

  • BUKHARI53 on February 14, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    What a joke with Pakistan Cricket. Rapid changes in the PCB management by the authorities (Chairman of the Board or Patron in chief). These actions are not serving cricket in the country, rather are damaging it. Moreover, when we see our cricketers performance in domestic season, specially ongoing Faisal Bank T20, it is extremely disappointing and hopeless. Very few players scored some runs or took wickets, but majority proved to be a failure. What our nation can expect from these players in Asia Cup and World T20 in Bangladesh. Selectors will have to depend on these under performed players, because they do not have any choice. Some new faces do perform at domestic level, but after selection in the national squads, they do not match the standard of international cricket. Therefore, it is needed that measures are taken to improve quality and standard of domestic cricket, with the help of ex Pakistan stars like Zaheer, Miandad, Inzmam, Waqar, Wasim Akram and Saqlain.

  • MianNasir on February 13, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Can some body tell for how long these decisions will last??? It looks a game of musical chair...

  • t20cric on February 12, 2014, 22:37 GMT

    Moin Khan instead of Waqar doesn't seem like a good decision but Moin was a good wk and if he can teach our keepers to do their job well then his job is accomplished. I think Waqar should have been at least bowling coach coz now our pace attack is definitely weaker (but younger) then the other 2 great fast bowling nations (SA & Australia). Under Waqar our bowling attack would have gotten even stronger. As for Azhar Khan & Shoaib Mohammad I've never heard of them but hope that they can do their jobs well. The job description for Zaheer's job seems like he is a batting coach but I'm nutty entirely sure. I just hope that with the way the decisions are being changed they don't change all these decisions coz Asia Cup is in roughly 2 weeks time & some stability in PCB will help our team's chances.

  • MianNasir on February 12, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    Can some body tell for how long these decisions will last??? It looks a game of musical chair...

  • on February 12, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Inzimam without doubt will be very good batting coach insha allah moreso this regular shift of power balance in pk board has done no good/favor to cricket pk and is to blamed on all but moreso on the govt.

  • rezauk on February 12, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    I hope you're right when you say Moin Khan encouraged Pakistan to go for their last test victory. I can still remember him as captain against England when he tried to slow the game down to stop England winning. Bad light prevailed but the match continued with an England victory.

    Fortune favours the brave

    Final word

    1 batting coach (expert needed) , 1 bowling coach (expert needed) and 1 fielding coach (expert needed).

    We can go from there

  • iffy187 on February 12, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    Just because people were good batsmen, bowlers, fielder, does not necessarily constitute to them being good coaches,Take Football for example the best coach in the world currently Jose Mourinho did not even play the game, he started of as a translator. a coaches job is to provide guidance and support, to build on skills already set in stone, if the players do not go out and put the plan into action you cant blame the coach.

    Every decision made by the PCB is constantly slated, we have got one of the best captains we have ever had in Misbah, and people still complain he is not good enough to play for Pakistan. lets just get behind the team for once, im sure if Pakistan have a good 2014, win the asia cup and T20 everyone will be commenting on how good Moin Khan is bla bla bla . lets support him from the start, as for the people complaining about zimbabwe, im sure Dav whatmore was still in charge.

  • drnaveed on February 12, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    like in tennis , we used to had a 'NON - PLAYING CAPTAIN ' , similarly , here , our cricket matters should be run by 11 top greats of all time, should be called ' NON PLAYING ELEVEN ' .that should include players like (say for example ) hanif muhammad, javed miandad , imran khan ,inzimam ul haq , muhammad yousuf ,waqar younus , waseem akram ,abdul qadir and others .from whom, Chairman , Chief Selectors , Selectors , Coaches ( batting balling and fielding ) should be selected,and their performances should be judged ,say every yearly or two yearly, and depending on their performances , their places should be checked. if performed well than ,they should secure their individual place ,otherwise be replaced by some other great, afterall , we are not short of any talents...

  • on February 12, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Current changes are a mix of Good and Bad decisions 1- Change of Chairman PCB was the fine move but appointment of Najam sethi is wrong 2- Head coach role for Moin khan is a good move but Extended reign of M.Akram is not good (Waqar should have been the bowling coach) 3- Azhar khan is not good enough when he comes in comparison of Aamir Sohail. But chief selector should b a foreign sharp mind probably from Aus or SA who can select talent from grass root level 4- Where is the batting coach cum team mentor who can act as a backbone for a fragile batting lineup?Saeed anwar or Inzamam ul haq can fit in this role 5- Julian fountain's hardwork was finaly taking shape in form of a much improved fielding unit but what would a tame Shoib Muhammad will add to the team being fielding coach that too in the presence of a legendry WK as a head coach? . PCB can not ever take series of right steps!

  • on February 12, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    I think it is a very good decision. Darren Lehman was not a great player himself but he was a fighter and he played the best era of Australian cricket where they were fighting until the last ball. moin Khan also played in similar kind of time when Pakistan used to hang on to victory in nail biters. he is undoubtly a fighter and we saw that in recent sharjah test match. I think he can turn many mediocre looking players into big names of Pakistan cricket just by injecting confidence and by awakening that fighting spirit. I wish all the best team Pakistan and Moin Khan.

  • on February 12, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    I hope that Sethi will prove to be an exemplary selection and that he will not repeat the type of things that he did against Misbah during his temporary tenure.

  • on February 12, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    Expect a new coach next week again !!

  • fkhawaja on February 12, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    i think the coach , fielding coach and bowling coach are quiet compatible. they can work well together. pakistan does not need a very technical coach, they need someone who can keep them together and prevent internal rifts . someone who can boost their morale. so this team can do that in a friendly atmosphere.

  • on February 12, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    What is Zaheer Abbas doing as a chief cricket consultant? And what exactly is the job definition of a chief cricket consultant? This is a purely political appointment which beats logic. Zaheer Abbas was a star of old days no doubt but PCB is in need of somebody who is more aware of modern day Batting and it's requirement something which Zaheer Abbas will never be able to deliver.

  • ayub.khan on February 12, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    this is very good for pakistan cricket team, moin khan is a legand, he will mange better then other coach, and nice to hear aamir sohail and mohammad ilyas is out, he is not good for pakistan team due to the reason of his past, i am very happy for these changing, now guys pak will win asia cup and world t20 world cup, insha'allah, due the recent performance of pak team.

    carry on pak team and win all the game from big 1 specifically. you are the king of cricket no need any clarification.

  • anver777 on February 12, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    All the Best Moin !!!! wish you start with a winning note in the coming Asia Cup !!!!

  • on February 12, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    Let's look at the coaching history of Pakistan. Moin lost a test match in Zimbabwe. Where is Waqar Younus who never lost any series at least not loosing to Zimbabwe a very very weak team. First the Govt. should not be involved in cricket like ICC have ruled and politics out. No wonder Pakistan cricket is in the state why it is today. ICC move to dissolve what N. Sharif has created or you just put your rules on paper and nothing else done.

  • getsetgopk on February 12, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    Pak cricket is the place where reason and logic doesn't usually prevail but always surprise and provide unexpectedly good results. How good is Moin Khan as a coach is still an unknown but I've always liked Moin from his playing days. Was a star of the 90's and helped win more games just by scoring lots of runs towards the end of innings. A brave fighter no doubt and this might actually be good for Pak cricket since we never really needed a good coach, all our team needs is a man with confidence and can instill that confidence into their players and unite the team. Pak teams failings have mostly been due to an incoherent bunch of individuals that never played to their potential over the years. Most of our failings are because our team could not function as a well connected entity with only one purpose i.e winning! Discord and infighting among players is the single biggest factor of our undoing over the years and if Moin can fix that it'll be a job well done. We still need bating coach!

  • Desihungama on February 12, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    Appointment of Moin proves what I have always thought of PCB looking to always find a father figure in a coach. Interestingly, it works with our team too. What an inept system we have got at our hands here. Higher authorities in the country have no shame in playing ping pong with the sentiments of cricket fans.

  • on February 12, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    What PCB needs is a contracted overseas selector preferably (Australian) to observe Domestic cricket and select players according To merit without being biased.moin khan not a appropriate choice as coach high fiveing photo with shahid Afridi not a good sign.Mohsin Khan would have been a better appointment perfect age and a past Experience of how PCB can totally go wrong.

  • ZubairBD on February 12, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    I think the inclusion of Zaheer Abbas to oversee the batting is a wise decision. Hope this will help Pakistan to be more consistent in their batting. However, I am not sure Moin Khan being given the post of Head Coach is a good decision, although he is a good team-man. .... and Amer Sohail as Chief Selector??? Beats me!

  • drnaveed on February 12, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    experience should have been considered , while selecting the Chief Selector, but instead , Azhar Khan who has just played a single test is been given the charge of an Interim selection committee. Aamir Sohail definitely was a much better choice than Azhar Khan, if Amir Sohail was not appointed in a correct way by the previous Chairman , he should have been selected in a correct way by the present board's Chairman. there is no match between Aamir Sohail and Azhar Khan. same is the case with Moin Khan,he should have been our third preference as our Coach after , Waqar Younus and Mohsin Khan. Friendship is considered in both the cases of appointments , above sheer talent.

  • Reggie_Boss on February 12, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    To Sal Husain, how exactly is it ICC's toothless business to interfere in what PCB does internally? you want your cricket to run by outsiders too?

  • Reggie_Boss on February 12, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    To Sail Singh, how exactly is it ICC's toothless business to interfere in what PCB does internally? you want your cricket to run by outsiders too?

  • siddiquihk on February 12, 2014, 2:24 GMT

    Sadly to say that a beautiful game of cricket will be manipulated and dictated by a group of people which will result in the lost of game beauty.

    Its totally not understandable why somebody want to control the game of cricket like this and what good effects it will bring to the game.

  • on February 12, 2014, 2:00 GMT

    What ever is happening in Pakistan, it is India's Fault. No doubt about it. It is a conspiracy. Because of India's commercial rise, Pakistan is failing to use it's superior talent to counter it.

    I hope they fix the domestic cricket structure. Dissolve all associations. Divide the country Cricket into 4 zones - Punjab-n-Kashmir (P-K), Sindh, Khyber-Pakhtunwala(K-P) and Baluchistan . A fifth zone of Afghanistan should also join Pakistan for domestic cricket. Then there could be a city based T20 league. Cricket in Pakistan will automatically improve because of tough competitive domestic cricket.

  • straight6 on February 12, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    Very Happy News and many congrats to Pakistan and its people as a whole, to see the back of Mr Sohail, because this man had a stint as Chairman of Selectors back in 2003 and he performed very badly then, so what was he to bring NEW to his ideas of selecting a professional Pakistan Cricket Team. I was disturbed to hear that he's been named As Chairman of Selectors a few days ago, because I know for a fact that upon his appointment he would further wreck the team prior to Asia Cup and World T/20.

  • Equanimous on February 12, 2014, 1:36 GMT

    Moin khan probably hasn't even done the basic ICC coaching course. I doubt he is analytical enough to be a coach of an international cricket team. Coaching requires a different skill set than playing but that's what you get when the game is dominated by politics.

  • siabbasi on February 12, 2014, 1:02 GMT

    Completely lacking long term planning. Openers, coaches, keepers, gosh it's hard to find a replacement that is long term in Pak team.

    Is it lack of talent or abundance of it that every one needs a chance?

    At the end of the day, field performance is what matters the most.

  • afsana04 on February 12, 2014, 0:40 GMT

    I can imgine some good future at least MOIN has the same SPIRIt of IMRAN KHAN & WASIM AKRAM so can we see PAK rise again & i bet that he can bring the BEST OF THE BEST OF THE BEST OF AFRIDI

  • NOMIFR on February 12, 2014, 0:07 GMT

    najam sethi is a waste. i do not know what he wants from pcb.

  • on February 11, 2014, 23:48 GMT

    Pak govt is doing big time mess to cricket. Even though I dislike PPP but Ashraf is a good administrator as his decisions make sense.

  • on February 11, 2014, 23:45 GMT

    A mediocre wicketkeeper and a patheticly defensive captain in his better days, I am appalled by the choice of coach for Pakistan. In fact, there is much to be appalled about with the whole range of changes. I'm not a Zaka Ashraf fan but he was, at least, the lesser evil.

  • sj55 on February 11, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    @Stark62.. The fielding coach is Shoaib Mohammad (son of the legendary Hanif Mohammad) ... widely considered the best fielder in the Pakistan team during Imran Khan's tenure.

  • on February 11, 2014, 23:35 GMT

    The current selection is doing good selections Aamir Sohail was bad SELECTOR if he stayed soon we will see likes of imran farhat,shoaib malik,umer amin and kamran akmal back so thank God he is out

  • on February 11, 2014, 23:31 GMT

    Moin khan is very good choice he has attacking mind last test match happened because of him he said that he will take blame if we lose you can think Misbah and Whatmore were never positive for tqo years so how suddenly they decide to go for the chase Pakistan will be world beaters if they start playing attacking cricket So Moin khan great choice

  • on February 11, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    every pak fan is so concerned about pak batting issue that no pak fan has yet realised that pakistan is the worst fielding side in the world , every other team has 5-6 good fielders but pakistan has just 1 ahmed shehzad and unfortunately 2nd best fielder umar akmal has been made keeper there r only 2 solution left now but both are impossible ,umar akmal should be freed from keeping kamran akmal should be made keeper cuz in last 12 years pakistan has failed to find another keeper who is as good batsman as kamran - this common sense wont get into mind of airhead pak who call kamran as bad keeper when he is better keeper then of other teams. when julien has failed to turn pakistan into a good fielding side new fielding coach shoab who played during era when there was no sliding and flying to catch the ball and hitting stumps 9 out of 10 times , he will coach to stop ball by boot on the lines, good fielding will make pak bowling double deadly n youngster if trained hard

  • ElPhenomeno on February 11, 2014, 23:13 GMT

    Say what you want but pakistan cricket governance is the most entertaining of them all. Never ceases to amaze the level of incompetence us humans are capable of.

  • on February 11, 2014, 22:54 GMT

    @ sanity1982, wake up my friend Imran hasn't got time to be come a coach, he is trying to become pm...

  • on February 11, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    @sumit Because he will be the Next Prime Minister Of Pakistan :)

  • rogues13 on February 11, 2014, 22:46 GMT

    Funny how no one is questioning the appointment of a 53 year old guy, who played in the 80's and early 90's as the fielding Coach!!!! Can anyone provide any insight on Shoaib Mohammad, the fielder??

  • haq33 on February 11, 2014, 22:01 GMT

    Pakistani cricket: a comedy, wrapped up in a farce, enshrouded in a complete debacle. Watching the politics at play is like watching a slo-mo replay of Inzi running out his partner, then his runner, and then falling onto his stumps before injuring an umpire. ICC won't ever step in because it is too damn hilarious - just grab some popcorn and watch.

  • on February 11, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    @Anuj Sharma, You do not need to worry about Pakistan Cricket or Pakistan, we are capable to deal our internal affairs by ourselves, please do not try to rub salt on wounds either, We Pakistani know you inside out, keep those sympathetic words to yourself, We still have got quality pitchers and our batters are not bad either as for as boards issues are concern they changes on daily basis - not a problem. Everything can not be buy with money or fame, Pakistan team has done much better then India in recent times. So better keep those sympathetic comments saved to Indian team when they come back from New Zealand after loosing 4-0 and possibly loosing 2-0 in test series.

  • Cric_fever_notgoingdown on February 11, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    like i said that captain is more responsible authority on the field rather then coach. captain makes planning and everything and make the team fight. coach doesnt do anything on field . so my point is team is still stable for me with consistent captain so i wont be panicking on off the field chaos it never has affected team that much and it never will. guys its be 60 years now with such situation in pcb but still team been performing whatever happens in pcb. anyway moin for me is good appointment only because he has been part of team through last 6 months so he would be aware of every player by now in short he is already used to the dressing room envoirment. on coming on selectors the same selectors they were already there before y are people shouting on it now when they didnt before. anyway i just hope things get better in few days and we would move on. cant wait for asia cup its massive now after all those issues past one month so its good emotional build up

  • InsideHedge on February 11, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    Ahh yes, the PCB.....back in action. You know that board that everyone looks up to. The one that took a stance against the ICC proposal, a proposal that all sane boards supported.

    By the end of the Asia Cup - one they will fare dismally in - it will be a new set of personnel, starting from the captain.

  • on February 11, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    Imran khan is a legend He is too far from small things like coach etc He is doing to improve country n work hard for country and country is on good track n changing is going on

  • on February 11, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    what is the icc response to the govt. of pakistan making all these changes. as usual the icc is a toothless tiger and a joke.

  • sumit1982 on February 11, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    Why PCB not asking their legendary captain Imran Khan to become coach of national team.

  • alipk52 on February 11, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    @laksmi kanth I want to remind you the recent result against number 8 team in world, so seeing that, one can easily say Pakistani players are way better than rest of home bullies in world cricket, their win loss ratio is not poor at all considering they're playing everything away from home, as far as IPL and Champions league is concerned, we don't give it a damn...we are really happy to see none of our players take part in IPL, and I also don't want them to take part in champions league either..I am really glad to see after recent results of England and India that our domestic circuit at least made our players way better overseas than so called top teams in the world, get ready for Asia Cup mate, we'll see whether you improved a little or will remain medicore team in this tournament as well :)

  • on February 11, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    I'm an Indian but I want Pakistan cricket to grow stronger just like their 90's... I grew up watching Pakistan bowling trio and I really want to see something like that from pak again. IMO the politics in pak cricket isn't new and team would not get that much effected by these inner political affairs after all coz every single young blood from pak grew up watching this mess everywhere. there is nothing new in it , surely players are much capable to cop with it .

  • Stark62 on February 11, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    Is Moin a tactical genius, NO! Then, why is he being appointed?!?!

    I don't even want to speak of sethi because he is clueless and understands zilch much about the game or Pak cricket.

    Lastly, who's that new selector guy and fielding coach?

  • on February 11, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    The appointment of Moin Khan is good a step, although these are wholesale changes but I believe we will get better. These are good people and good for game of Cricket in Pakistan. Moin's appointment is part of the original plan which saw him being appointed as Team's Manager a few months back. I expcet better results from this Pakistan Team.

  • Rubic on February 11, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Folks..pls hold on to your comments..we still have some time on Asia cup..so thing may change again...LOL

  • anwarma on February 11, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    I don't have high hope for Asia Cup and WorldCup T20. I doubt Moin Khan can really considered a good coach, he himself was a mediocre Wicket Keeper.

  • stumpedlloyd on February 11, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    So someone with 47 tests and more than 150 ODIs to his name is replaced as selector by someone with a solitary test. Don't blame the PCB. They are simply trying to emulate the ECB! After all, see how well James Whitaker has done as selector for England. You know, I grew up admiring Pakistani cricket team, when the likes of Mushtaq Mohammad, Zaheer Abbas, Sarfraz Nawaz, Wasim Bari played. I haven't followed Pakistan cricket as keenly as I should since then, but, seriously, what the heck has happened to Pakistan cricket? Is this just a case of way too much political interference? I thought Dav Whatmore is a good coach, but apparently not good enough for the PCB.

  • on February 11, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    What credentials does Moin Khan have to be the head coach?!?!?! He was the manager for the Zimbabwe tour and after the losses, he came out saying that the boys played well and he defended their performances... Why is someone not held responsible for hiring Whatmore needlessly and replacing Mohsin Khan at a time when the team was on the rise?! The positions in the board are changing hands week in, week out... Honestly, if I'd never seen Wasim, Waqar, Shoaib, Asif and Amir play for this team, I wouldn't even bother about their existence in world cricket!

  • on February 11, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    He did nothing as captain what can he offer as coach ?? Silly PCB!

  • on February 11, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    Not good for pakistan cricket whatever has happened in last few days. It's demoralising for tge players and cricket fans in the country. There is no cricket in the country for last 5 yesrs and some sort of consistency and reliability should be there to put the team back kn winning track....

  • on February 11, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    I think pcb in worst condition because they can't improve player. by seeing fatal bank t20 tournament I can tell because so many players they don't know to play even international player in home condition and if they qualify to champion league what they will do shame shame to pakistan cricket

  • on February 11, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    Pcb av lost the plot

  • on February 11, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    some one asked whats wronge with aamir sohail, the answer is Aamir sohail has playedmany test as compare to AZhar khan who has played only one .that is the qualifcation was PCCB were looking for .

  • MWaqqar on February 11, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    All this is nonsense of the highest order. How is Azhar with one test match better then former Captain Aamir Sohail. Talking of service rules and transparency what a joke. This is not Punjab Cricket Board it is JOKERS CRICKET BOARD.

  • on February 11, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    Don't know what's going on with apk cricket. It becomes joke! Why not Inzamam, Zaheer abbas, mohsin hassan khan or javid miandad for coach? R.I.P Pak cricket

  • billy_bilal on February 11, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    Extremely bad treatment meted out to the ex players. First Zaka Ashraf removed Moin Khan from Manager's post and now Aamer Sohail and Basit Ali have been treated poorly. Explanation of Aamer Sohail'sr removal sounds illogical as the post of Chief Selector has never been advertised in Pakistan's history. Even Najam Sethi in his first go as Chairman appointed Moin Khan as chief seclector without advertising.

  • ABLcric on February 11, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    such a joke!! senior managers getting in and out just as our batsmen gets out. We even need Misbah's tuk tuk for Board governance and management. It works!!

  • on February 11, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Overall, Pakistan cricket is running bad to worse and sick joke. The significant positions are hold by unqualified individuals. This is the just beginning of the destruction of the pakistan cricket. Honestly, Imran Khan produced a such a team in 1992 to win the world cup. The players like Wasim, Waqar, Inzamam, Aqib are his findings which created legendary from 1987 to 2003. After his departure, pakistan gradually led to destruction. With the new ICC constitution, seems it worse than match fixing. therefore, pakistan is going to weak than zimambwe. I'm sure, pakistan will never win any competition here after. It is very sad to world cricket.

  • on February 11, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    Whats wrong with Aamir sohail as cheif selector above that removed basit ali as well seriously this isnt pakistan cricket borad its punjab cricket borad..

  • ICKY on February 11, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    The government intervention in sports is like a coup. Why the heck we can't have Mohsin Khan as head coach. he has proven results behind him. Moin can be wicket keeper ans fielding coach and Waqar and M.Akram as bowling coach and astt bowling coach. As far as selectors are concerned, the guy who has hardly played test cricket or T-20 or even proper ODI's hs been nominated as head coach. Why we have to match the heads sports to be equally incapable as our rulers are. Please leave cricket alone, it has enogh enemies like greedy three. now incapable one is going to hurt cricket badly in Pakistan.

  • CricketisKing on February 11, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Did BCCI have a hand in this? Everything gets blamed on BCCI these days.

  • avmd on February 11, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    Sohail was the cheif selector for last week, , Azhar is for the is week, what about coming week ? Everything is fast moving in Pak cricket, Chairman, selectors, no wonder we are good in 20/20.

  • wrenx on February 11, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    Complete chaos at the PCB, this whole situation reflects very poorly on them

  • Zahidsaltin on February 11, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    @dreamliner, your comments are more like a dreamline thinking. If Waqar is not suitable because you need a batting head coach then Moin isn't a batsman either. He had no technique and was just another batting tailender i.e. more like Ashwin, Klusner or Razzaq. Should he be learning them to bat? for God sake wake up.

  • punterdgr8 on February 11, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    so how long will moin last?i'm an indian but want pak to pull its socks up since a strong pak is very much needed for world cricket.the talent that they produced in wasim and waqar;used to love the sight of them bowling in tandem bringing my childhood memories back.we just have to laud the efforts of these players who performed exceptionally well on the sub-continental tracks,chaminda vaas also did a good job for sl and kapil dev for india.as long as pak keep on prioritizing tamasha cricket and politics they'll struggle big time.i know as an indian it would be naive of me to advise som1 to fend politics but goin by the recent trends in the icc well well, i'm forced to blab!!!!!!

  • Zahidsaltin on February 11, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    We all are always up for criticizing Big 3 and specially BCCI for dictatorship in ICC but if you look at our national level, we aren't any different. Every one knows what Mr. Sethi is being awarded for, don't we?

  • on February 11, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    @sacht1979: well said :)

  • on February 11, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    Where is Waqar Yonus or Mohsin Khan. Who is Azhar Khan, with one test match experience how do you spot talent. Not a lot to be expected,at best status quo, not a good news for young players.

  • on February 11, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    I feel Dav whatmore did a fair job. He deserves another one or two year contact. I don't think moin khan is suited for coaching.

  • _Reverse_Swing_ on February 11, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    Moin not a bad choice. In his playing days he always battled till the end. Don't know what traits Azhar possess to warrant the Chief Selector post. We can only wish he is not appointed just being a close friend in the circle. Also not a fan of Shoaib M as fielding coach.

  • on February 11, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    pakistan should have a foreign fielding coach as the last one did a great job.

  • on February 11, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    moin is a good choice waqar had his time as a coach. Moin was in charge of PIA team few years ago and he was also in charge of lahore badshah team in the ICL he was a fighter when he played for pakistan so hopefully he will serve pak team well hope he sorts the players who have ego problems.

  • iffy187 on February 11, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    good selection, i think moin khan can provide that stability, he has a good relationship with the media back home aswell as with the players, waqar younis as good as he may be has been tried and tested, lets all get behind moin rather than slate him off which it seems us pakistanis are good at. as for azhar khan time will tell, he has played ONE test which is ONE test more than any of us, and we all know how pakistani fans love to have their say in team selection.. lets just let everyone get on with their job and in a years time we can provide a critical assessment.

  • on February 11, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    One good decision, marked down by one bad, this is PCB for you. Who is this Azhar Khan which Mohd. Yousuf rightly pointed out in a show, he played only a single test match and he is given the most important position. Why can't we have Waqar Younis as our bowling coach, we are lucky that our bowling is naturally good otherwise I don't see Mohammad Akram doing anything. Moin Khan's selection is a good move though, he is a strong lad who knows how the Pakistani players go about learning and adapting.

  • on February 11, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    this guy just played 1 test why put him incharge of the national team i dont think he has any other credentials which are suited to be a selector he has not played since 1994 and i dont find him to be a talent hunter

  • dreamliner on February 11, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    I admire Waqar, but it doesn't make sense installing him as head coach when the bowling is strong and the batting is struggling big time. Waq is more suited to bowling and I hope he can play a part there instead of Mohammad Akram who is a complete mystery to me. Moin Khan sounds like a decent placement who has the charisma and first hand experience of batting under pressure and succeeding as Pak Captain. Hope it works out.

  • Cricket_Man on February 11, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    This is completely senseless. Moin Khan did not perform well as a manager because he was more into securing his position as head coach after Dav left. If there was intellectual dishonesty then then I can't see honesty and sincerity with his new role. It is all about securing your positions just like the captain of the ship Najam Sethi. I simply do not like Najam Sethi being the PCB head because he has no knowledge of cricket and because he used the wrong way to become PCB chairman. I hope that somehow Imran Khan takes control over cricket.

  • Sachit1979 on February 11, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    I think one person who has been consistent for months now and who has done real and rare justice to Pak Cricket in recent times should be selected as patron cum chief cum director of PCB and chief of selection committee cum coach cum captain and that person is Misbah Ul Haq.

  • on February 11, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    Need permanent staff not " Acting " coaches or selectors. Nothing new in these appointments. whoever comes to power want their own preferred people around them who will always say " You are right ".

    Moin is ok but we need full time and permanent coach. It was widely reported that ever since moin became manager, he was taking all the decision regarding team . So he is not new in it and been with these guys for some time.

    amir sohail might have been better choice as selector than Azhar khan. I would like to hear from those who were saying that Amir was appointed because of political grounds. If that was the case then he might have continued.

    Power tussle and politics. Anyway time will tell and their decisions will tell . t20WC and Asia cup is around the corner so 1st test of this new staff has already started.

  • Cricket_Only on February 11, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    Moin Khan: Tons of experience will help Pakistan think better when down. He is well respected and has a shrude mind (trained by Jawed Miandad). Azhar Khan not sure why do we have a guy as a Chief Selector who has only played ONE test match.

  • a.syed81 on February 11, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Expected decision since Sethi is back and I think it's also a good decision to have Moin as head coach as it looks like he has good relationship with players.

  • on February 11, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    why not waqar yonus- the most talented and competitive cricketer. when is this drama ending in pakistan- PCB selected and deselcted this and that !!!!!

  • linsen on February 11, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    very good move by the PCB. moin khan is the better choice for this post. he has also good relation wd players and i hopw under his coaching team will go further wd great acheivement. now his 1st task to make a strong team for asia cup and t20.

  • on February 11, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    The cat and mouse game continues in the PCB. But why Azhar as chief selector. A very decent human being but not worthy of this assignment.

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  • on February 11, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    The cat and mouse game continues in the PCB. But why Azhar as chief selector. A very decent human being but not worthy of this assignment.

  • linsen on February 11, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    very good move by the PCB. moin khan is the better choice for this post. he has also good relation wd players and i hopw under his coaching team will go further wd great acheivement. now his 1st task to make a strong team for asia cup and t20.

  • on February 11, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    why not waqar yonus- the most talented and competitive cricketer. when is this drama ending in pakistan- PCB selected and deselcted this and that !!!!!

  • a.syed81 on February 11, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Expected decision since Sethi is back and I think it's also a good decision to have Moin as head coach as it looks like he has good relationship with players.

  • Cricket_Only on February 11, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    Moin Khan: Tons of experience will help Pakistan think better when down. He is well respected and has a shrude mind (trained by Jawed Miandad). Azhar Khan not sure why do we have a guy as a Chief Selector who has only played ONE test match.

  • on February 11, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    Need permanent staff not " Acting " coaches or selectors. Nothing new in these appointments. whoever comes to power want their own preferred people around them who will always say " You are right ".

    Moin is ok but we need full time and permanent coach. It was widely reported that ever since moin became manager, he was taking all the decision regarding team . So he is not new in it and been with these guys for some time.

    amir sohail might have been better choice as selector than Azhar khan. I would like to hear from those who were saying that Amir was appointed because of political grounds. If that was the case then he might have continued.

    Power tussle and politics. Anyway time will tell and their decisions will tell . t20WC and Asia cup is around the corner so 1st test of this new staff has already started.

  • Sachit1979 on February 11, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    I think one person who has been consistent for months now and who has done real and rare justice to Pak Cricket in recent times should be selected as patron cum chief cum director of PCB and chief of selection committee cum coach cum captain and that person is Misbah Ul Haq.

  • Cricket_Man on February 11, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    This is completely senseless. Moin Khan did not perform well as a manager because he was more into securing his position as head coach after Dav left. If there was intellectual dishonesty then then I can't see honesty and sincerity with his new role. It is all about securing your positions just like the captain of the ship Najam Sethi. I simply do not like Najam Sethi being the PCB head because he has no knowledge of cricket and because he used the wrong way to become PCB chairman. I hope that somehow Imran Khan takes control over cricket.

  • dreamliner on February 11, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    I admire Waqar, but it doesn't make sense installing him as head coach when the bowling is strong and the batting is struggling big time. Waq is more suited to bowling and I hope he can play a part there instead of Mohammad Akram who is a complete mystery to me. Moin Khan sounds like a decent placement who has the charisma and first hand experience of batting under pressure and succeeding as Pak Captain. Hope it works out.

  • on February 11, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    this guy just played 1 test why put him incharge of the national team i dont think he has any other credentials which are suited to be a selector he has not played since 1994 and i dont find him to be a talent hunter