Pakistan news April 18, 2014

PCB starts another coach hunt


The PCB has decided to not extend the contracts of head coach Moin Khan, fielding coach Shoaib Mohammad and batting consultant Zaheer Abbas, and has invited applications for their positions.

This is the second time since the start of 2014 that PCB has sought new coaching staff. In February, the current coaching team was appointed on the recommendations of Wasim Akram, Intikhab Alam and Javed Miandad. However, the board seemed unsatisfied with their performance in the Asia Cup and the World T20, and has set an 18-day deadline for applicants. It has also invited names for the roles of spin-bowling consultant, sports physiotherapist, and strength and conditioning coach.

Since the exit of Dav Whatmore and Julien Fountain, Pakistan has failed to find a stable coaching panel. The uncertainty in the PCB's leadership has also contributed to this. Najam Sethi, who was reinstated as interim PCB chief in February, had chosen to back Moin as head coach over Waqar Younis, who was also a contender.

ESPNcricinfo also understands that the PCB has a preference for former Pakistan players as head coach, and foreign applicants will be considered for the support staff, including the fielding coach.

Waqar, who was Pakistan's coach between March 2010 and September 2011, is considered to be a strong candidate, and is reportedly keen to take up the job. Moin is likely to be given another role within the PCB, which may be the head of the selection committee. Moin had recently met the PCB management committee, where he presented a list of 30 players for the forthcoming summer camp.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • farooq on April 21, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    wasim akram should be the head coach

  • Android on April 21, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    i think is no one better coach then mohsin khan and waqar younis and rid of shoaib malik kamran akmal

  • Ronny on April 21, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    Younis Khan is the only person who while playing is also a qualified coach. So if we are to persist with Misbah as Captain till WC 2015 then I believe that Younis is ideally suited to be the playing coach in all forms of cricket. Not only that he knows the dressing room well but also for a fact that amongst current team he is the only modern day cricketing great in the Country! He must be played in ODIz for the WC and make him the coach as well.

  • ick on April 20, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Iagree with above comments by and large. A good foreign coach with a local coach to translate the details and also learn coaching skills. Bowlers like Wasim Waqar and Aqib as fast bowling coach and Saqlain and Mushtaq Ahmad a bowling and Jonty Rhodes as a fielding coach. Not to mention a sport psychologist to increase mental strength of the players, to get rid of poor and loser body language of Hafeez, Gul, K.Akmal. But the most important thing is to get rid of selectors who are repeatedly giving chances to dead horses like Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Umar Gul, S.Tanvir and couple of others.Afridi is the only player with leadership qualities and a fighting spirit with aggrssive approach and good body language out of the current lot. Please give chance to at last 4-5 under 19 players for observation and side games and some games against weaker opponents to mentorthem If Wasim Akrm, Amir , Miandad can play as teen agers, why can't the cuerrent u-19 players in place of old dead horses.

  • Dummy4 on April 20, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Best strategy is to recruit an international coach and then recruit a local coach for the international coach - latter can translate whatever the former intends to teach to pakistani players and management. This way you provide job to two people one from outside and one from inside the country. This saves your credibility as well- easy to blame on times for failure, most cherished acheivemnt of Pakistani teams in the recent past. Since the pakistani greats cannot afford to succeed within kashmir because there is always one or other person ( with whom u had controversy in the past ...) to pull you back. Even if you select great Imran as coach -there will be opposition and criticism - enjoy the moment and have fun pak cricket....

  • Dummy4 on April 20, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Politics is excessively ruining Pakistan cricket. We certainly don't require foreign coach not because we have any doubts over their skills and professionalism but because most of the team players are not well versed with listening and understanding ability of English language and language proves to be the biggest barrier. Saqlain and Mustaq ahmed both are busy in their duties so PCB can hire Abdul Qadir, who was a great leg spinner of his time as spin bowling consultant. Inzamam should be hired as the batting consultant and Waqar younis as fielding and bowling coach. Head coaching role should be given to Mohsin hassan khan who can not only take the lead role over these 3 assistant coaches, but also will play a mentor role for the players development. But this might not happen as PCB is utterly filled with politics.

  • M on April 19, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    I would recommend they approach Nasser Hussain, Martin Crowe or may be Kepler Wessels to be the head coach for 2 to 3 years.

  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2014, 22:30 GMT

    1)Get INZAMAM - u - haq as a batting coach. 2)Waqt as a bowling Coach. 3)Saqlain as Spin Bowling coach.... 4)Javed Miadad as Seclector.... 5) Jhonty R as a fielding Coach. .. 6) Get Physio 7) Wasim Arram as Jr Coach (looking and after or under under age pls

  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    Mohsin Khan should be considered as he did a great job and has the personality to deal with all sorts of conditions. Fawad Alam should be a permanent member in all three formats. And Anwar Ali should be given more opportunities .

  • Android on April 19, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    mohsin should b made coach

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