Pakistan news February 12, 2014

Moin picked unanimously - Najam Sethi

With Najam Sethi back at the helm of the PCB, Moin Khan's appointment as head coach didn't come as a surprise. But he wasn't an automatic choice. Apart from Moin, the PCB's coach committee, comprising former captains Javed Miandad, Intikhab Alam and Wasim Akram, had shortlisted another heavyweight candidate in Waqar Younis. The PCB's management committee though unanimously voted for Moin.

"Waqar Younis is my hero. He has great reputation, integrity, and is a man of wisdom, but after all consideration we had to choose Moin Khan," Sethi said. "No doubt he [Waqar] is good, but after considering all the factors we have decided to go with the first option [Moin]."

Last year, when the PCB was caught up in legal tussles, Sethi had brought Moin into the setup during his interim term. He was made the Pakistan team manager in July 2013.

"Moin has been with the team for the last six months and has good rapport [with the team] and the captain and players respect him, so continuity is one of the factors in our decision," Sethi said.

ESPNcricinfo understands Sethi was the last man who voted for Moin, after one member of the management committee expressed serious reservations over Waqar.

Waqar had first served as coach from March 2010 to September 2011. That term had ended when he resigned citing personal reasons, shortly after falling out with the then captain, Shahid Afridi, during a tour of the West Indies. He had been confident he would get a second term, and was planning to shift his family from Australia to the UAE. But he didn't rue not getting the chance, and vowed to support the new coach.

"These are difficult times for Pakistan cricket and instead of crying over anything we should support the new coach and try our best to lift Pakistan cricket," Waqar told AFP. "I accept the decision with openness and hope that we all move forward for the betterment of Pakistan cricket which has seen huge turmoil in the last few years, not seen before in its history."

Waqar expressed his concern over the uncertainty in Pakistan cricket, which saw yet another twist on Monday when Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister and patron of the PCB, dismissed Zaka Ashraf and dissolved the board of governors. Sharif directed a management committee to pick a PCB chairman from among its eight members and it chose Sethi as full-time chairman.

"All these matters hurt Pakistan cricket badly and it is imperative that we must solve the problems quickly," Waqar said, adding that Moin, who has been appointed for this month's Asia Cup and next month's World Twenty20, should have been given a longer contract. "I think it is unjust to give him just two tours, I don't think even [Moin] Khan would like this short tenure because for stability a coach needs longer time."

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

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  • Syed on February 13, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    Moin khan is a no doubt a good choice as coach keeping view his commitment, enthusiasm and passion for cricket and his past record as cricketer, but his tenure extension to be dependent upon the forthcoming two events results i.e. Asiacup & T20 is sheer ridiculous and unfair, he should also be given at least full two years term. The selection of Mr. Sethi as chairman of Pakistan cricket reflects that Prime Minister is not serious in resolving Pakistan chronic cricket problems and simply want to reward him for the great work he has done as caretaker chief minister of Punjab in winning the engineered elections to PM party, really absurd decision.

  • ESPN on February 13, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    mohsin khan was a far better choice . look at his record and decide your self

  • TheTrueView on February 13, 2014, 0:36 GMT

    impulsive behaviour with emotion devoid of long term or rational view: History of Pakistan as a country, cricket will of course not be an exception. And, it will continue.

  • asad on February 12, 2014, 22:54 GMT

    I agree with Waqar that Moin should have gotten a longer contract. With Moin getting to be coach for 2 of the most important events that Pakistan participate in this year, why didn't they just give him a 1 year contract? I think if Pakistan fail under Moin then Waqar can become head coach & Moin can get his job as manager back. If Pakistan succeed in Asia Cup & T20 wc then Moin can get at least a 2 year contract starting from the end of the t20 wc. By succeeding I mean getting at least to the finals of Asia Cup (or barely missing out after losing a close match) & getting at least to the semis of the t20 wc.

  • Shahid on February 12, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    I would have gone for Waqar Younus. But congratulations and good luck to Moin. If I heard correctly, Rashid Latif commented on a sports channel that holding two positions is unconstitutional. I did not get it. Shahid Akbar, New York

  • ESPN on February 12, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Moin there so boom boom will be next t20 caption guys please remember my words

  • Umar on February 12, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    Waqar should have been better but Moin is not bad. Well said he should have been given a longer term.

  • Dummy4 on February 12, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    waqar is indeed sensible man and didnt make any issue of it like mohsin khan. Which this report suggests was not in the line.

    Moin is ok choice. Not too good not too bad. he is been with team for some time and it was well known and reported that he, as a manager, was making a lot of decisions regarding selection and team policies. And no as such dressing room issue emerged under him so far. Will have to wait and see how he goes about it.

    they have given him 2 months and important tours so lets see what he can do.

  • Adil on February 12, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Very mature and professional take from Waqar on the matter. and he is right, Moin should be given a long, and stable run as a coach so he can devise and implement plans as he likes. Only results, after a 2 year terms, should be the judge of this decision.

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