Pakistan news April 18, 2014

PCB starts another coach hunt

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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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  • POSTED BY farooq.ahmed.khan on | April 21, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    wasim akram should be the head coach

  • POSTED BY android_user 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

  • POSTED BY OverDcovers 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.

  • POSTED BY ICKY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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....

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY MyComments 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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 .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 19, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    mohsin should b made coach

  • POSTED BY farooq.ahmed.khan on | April 21, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    wasim akram should be the head coach

  • POSTED BY android_user 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

  • POSTED BY OverDcovers 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.

  • POSTED BY ICKY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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....

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY MyComments 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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 .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 19, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    mohsin should b made coach

  • POSTED BY Rexton87 on | April 19, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    No coach would have produced any results if the players of Hafeez, Akmal brothers ,Shoaib's cadre are being selected repeatedly. What Pakistan need is a sport psychologist and for players to see videos of how Javed Miandad, Inzimam, Saeed Anwar and Zheer Abbas are chasing a target. Sports writer are also guilty of lavishing praises on players like Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad after centuries scored against Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Players should not be praised until they can show their mantle in crunch matches against quality teams while chasing a target. Kamran Akmal , Umar Gul and Hafeez had the worst body language if things are not going well. I can bet Pakistan cant' chase a total of 95, 120 or 140 in a semi final or final against any team in the world except BD at present. This is because mental frailties of these players. Shahid Afridi is the only one with positive body language although his frequent brain freeze compensate well for this.

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Coach hunt two months ago didn't produce any results. It seems that PCB is not sure about what they want to do and neither are the officials competent enough to provide guidelines to the staff hired. Head coach should be hired first and based on his advice other staff should be recruited otherwise we will only see infighting between them and as a result team performance will suffer. Too many locals on coaching staff will give way to favoritism as well. PCB must train coaches at division level to produce quality cricketers. and national coaches should also work at cricket academy full time and all players should be forced to attend sessions regularly. It must not be a part time thing as people spend a year on vacations and out of nowhere get selected in all important worldcup.

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    The best way is to bring Waqar Younis as head coach, Moin Khan as Selector. We need to hire permanent batting coach as well.

  • POSTED BY Laiyavj on | April 19, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Pakistanis have Waqar, Wasim Akram, Mohammad Yusuf & Javed Miandard.. So appoint 1 from them

  • POSTED BY ispaewbi on | April 19, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    PCB should hire the likes of Sachin Tendulkar for batting coach.

  • POSTED BY Diaz54 on | April 19, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    The circus continues at pace. Totally dis functional. First to sort is properly elected and free politics head of PCB, so that he can work on a five year plan.

    Next is to hire a good coach with a clear plan to work with current national team and as important with up coming younger talent. If the coach happens to be an international coach then also appoint a local coach to work closely with him, so that he communicate and work effectively with players as most are uneducated. Impersonally don't think local guys are any good even past champions...these boys were just good talented players. They have no proven coaching method and experience....they just like coaches one would have in club teams...sorry that's a fact. Unfortunately the problem arises with unstable PCB which undermines everything from players to coaches.

  • POSTED BY Taimor-016 on | April 19, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    I wouldn't have mind if Moin Khan was the head coach or Waqar Younis (in future). I wish the batting coach was stil Zaheer Abbas. However, if Inzamam gets that role then it will be alright. Let's hope we do get a better fielding coach because we need one pretty badly.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    Waqr Younis should step up along with Javed Miandad respectively as Head Coach and Batting Coach.

  • POSTED BY PakCricZindabad on | April 18, 2014, 22:36 GMT

    For those recommending former Pakistan greats for the coaching roles, you are very wrong! Cricket's standards & coaching standard's of 2014 require a hand of full of expertise, knowledge, & especially technicality.

    People like Inzi, S Anwar, Z Abbas, & other former greats don't meet up to the 2014 standards & demands; none of them how to use coaching software!

    However, either of the 2 Mushtaq's along with Younis would be good choices for bowling coaches. Waqar is being considered as a head coach which based on past performances & my personal opinion doe's not really suit hum. His bowling services should be used! Even IPL's Hyderabad team has recruited him as a bowling coach.

    As for Mushy, he's been with the English team for the past 2 years & has shown results

    Anyway the deadline for coaches & medical staff is May 5th, so Insha'Allah quality coaches for batting, bowling, & fielding will apply. Though I see Pakistan having to eventually revert to foreign coaches except for bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 21:47 GMT

    Why did they not extend Zaheer Abbas' . Pakistan's batting was actually good during the Asia Cup and World T20 ecept for that match against West Indies. Change Mohammed Akram, the bowling was worse than their batting!

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    only time I noticed any progress in Pakistan cricket when MOHSIN KHAN was appointed as Manager or coach but he was removed as team was great success but reAONS ARE NOT KNOWN

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    Oh not again!!! How many times they change the coaches..They should persist with the same staff till WC 2015.

  • POSTED BY AbuManha on | April 18, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    They should have a new teama nd let them win and loose tht way thye will develop a bond b/w themselves. why did Waqar quit to beging with. Mangement should understand not to play the same card again n again n again. i fail to understand wha was told to GUL by bowling Coach Mohammad Akram during Pak VS W.Indies. they can hire all the best coaches in the world but coaches aint gona go in field and bat.

    it is all abt the player themselves commiting to the task they have on hand.

    they didnt had coaches in 1992. it was the self belive that made them win and so on n so forth.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 18, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    It's really Sad , having so many greats PCB is unable to avail the experience likes of wasim, inzi, saeed, saqi,mushi,

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    Batting coach=Inzamam-Ul-Haq,Fast bowling coach=Wasim Akram/Waqar Younis, Spin Bowling coach=Saqlain Mushtaq,Fielding coach=Jonty Rhodes.

  • POSTED BY ashehryar1 on | April 18, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    A good cadidate for a coach is Viv Richards. He is the best choice since Pak team needs aggression and batting technique adjustments. Another good candidate is Justin Langer or Steve Waugh. While the problem is with batting, there is an obvious lack of patience and aggression. These three candidates should fix all three. If they truly need a local coach, there is no one better than Javed Miandad.

  • POSTED BY t20cric on | April 18, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    I think the head coach should be Waqar Younis & batting coach should be Inzimam-ul-haq or Saeed Anwar. With Waqar Younis as head coach M. Akram's role will be minimized to the point that he won't be needed. Waqar will make fast bowlers much better & we might actually be competitive at the 2015 WC. Inzi & Anwar are our batting greats so they'll improve our batting a lot. Moin Khan can be selector & Zaheer Abbas can be made team manager so that he can provide additional help in batting if needed. The only question then is that who will be fielding coach? I think they can bring back Fountain who was fielding coach during Whatmore's time. Fountain was doing a good job & slowly but surely our fielding was improving.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | April 18, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    If WAQAR YOUNIS gets the coach job, then once again he will make life difficult for SHAHID AFRIDI.

  • POSTED BY t20cric on | April 18, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Why did they get rid of Moin, he & Zaheer were doing a good job. If u look at our performance in Asia Cup & T20 WC most of the time batting was good & the bowling/feilding saved us. Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad & Fawad Alam(in Asia Cup) got atleast one half century & one century each. We chased down 300+ against BD as well as successfully chasing against India. We got really close to chasing SL's target in the 1st Asia Cup match. In the T20 WC we posted 2 totals close to 200. I would say regarding all this our batting is very improved so Moin & Zaheer didn't deserve to go. Compare this to our bowling where we let BD score 300+ & in the opening match against SL we let them get 250+. Then in the finals against SL our bowling looked horribly toothless. In the T20 WC we let India easily chase, almost let Australia win, couldn't get all 10 BD wickets & displayed horrible death bowling to let WI score 80+ in the last 5 overs. Based on this I think Mohammad Akram needs to be replaced.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    IF they are gonna hire Waqar Yonis, what is the point of having a crap like Mohd Akram as the bowling coach? Hire Waqar Yonis as head coach who will be the bowling coach as well, and then hire Inzy or a batting specialist to help the batsmen. Simple!

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    Head Coach Basit Ali (can help improve batting as well)

    Manager Mohsin Khan (He is a good motivator)

    Bowling Coach Mushtaq Ahmed (He taught the english bowlers how to reverse swing the ball as he has been playing with all 3 Imran Wasim Waqar + teach spin bowlers some tricks too)

    Fielding Coach Jhonty Rhoodes

    Head of Selection Committee Rashid Latif

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    PCB should appoint Batting coach either Inzi bhai or Saeed Anwer bhai for batting consultant....Along with Waqar bhi or Saqi\Mushi bhi for bowling dept..... PCB has numerous option for coaches in PAK but they dont seem serious to make the most of it....

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    Pakistan's fast bowling is dwindling; it seems to be have lost the x-factor it was once known for. Junaid Khan's progress has somewhat halted, Umar Gul may have passed his peak, and Mohammad irfan is injury prone and not such a reliable for this reason.To make the situation worse, there is no recognised fast bowling all rounder, like Ab Razzak or Azhar Mehmood used to be in the times gone b, in the scheme of things. Keeping all these things and the fact that next world cup is Fast and seam friendly pitches of Australia and New Zealand, only one person comes in my mind and that is waqar younis as he is the person who has proven in the past that boling department particularly the fast bowling department flourishes under his management. Plus he has got experience of coaching the team at the international level.

  • POSTED BY ehs786 on | April 18, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    pak playing 3+ spinner why not any mushtaq's and they need inzy for batting coach

  • POSTED BY cricmaster1 on | April 18, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    PCB is a joke. They appointed Moin 1 month before the WC. Pak did well in the Asia Cup. Did not play that bad in T20WC either, it was just the 20 overs in the 2nd innings of the WI games because of which they lost the tournament. 2 months later (after being hired) the coach is fired. Will Sethi fire himself for not being able to schedule a single int'l cricket match for Pak till August (5 months)? How can you judge a coach's performance in 2 months. Does not make ANY SENSE. It's unfortunate that a country that produced such great cricketers, performances and such memorable matches and moments is going down the drain due to its management and politics. SAD.

  • POSTED BY looloogun on | April 18, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    bring back watmore simple . this guy helped srlanka win 1996 wc ,helped bangladesh ,and helped virat kohli win the under 19 world cup.pakistan missed the trick by kicking him before the 2015 wc

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 18, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    Yep nothing out of the ordinary

  • POSTED BY keptalittlelow on | April 18, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    This is actually the musical chair of Pakistan Cricket coaching team. No one knows who will be selected and who will accept/reject the offers, what happened to Rashid Latif who was supposed to be the best.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    If Waqar becomes head coach will PCB keep Mohammad Akram?

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    PCB should look for a coach for Mohammad Akram. Otherwise World Cup 2015 will be a disaster!!! Both 2W's are too busy to improve Indian Fast Bowlers. Money talk!! Real Shame!!! Did any Indian batsman offer help to our batsmen?

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | April 18, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    Why Zaheer Abbas?

    Umar was starting to look like the real deal in both the T20 WC and Asia cup, so surely Zaheer has had some impact on Umar?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 18, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    will have to wait for applicants but at moment waqar looks good option as it will help fast bowlers. fast bowling is below average for some time now and m akram is not doing goodjob.

    for fielding coach they should go with foriegn coach. ex players wont.do much as pakistan's fielding has been poor historically. plenty of time till next series so they can choose properly.

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  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 18, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    will have to wait for applicants but at moment waqar looks good option as it will help fast bowlers. fast bowling is below average for some time now and m akram is not doing goodjob.

    for fielding coach they should go with foriegn coach. ex players wont.do much as pakistan's fielding has been poor historically. plenty of time till next series so they can choose properly.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | April 18, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    Why Zaheer Abbas?

    Umar was starting to look like the real deal in both the T20 WC and Asia cup, so surely Zaheer has had some impact on Umar?

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    PCB should look for a coach for Mohammad Akram. Otherwise World Cup 2015 will be a disaster!!! Both 2W's are too busy to improve Indian Fast Bowlers. Money talk!! Real Shame!!! Did any Indian batsman offer help to our batsmen?

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    If Waqar becomes head coach will PCB keep Mohammad Akram?

  • POSTED BY keptalittlelow on | April 18, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    This is actually the musical chair of Pakistan Cricket coaching team. No one knows who will be selected and who will accept/reject the offers, what happened to Rashid Latif who was supposed to be the best.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 18, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    Yep nothing out of the ordinary

  • POSTED BY looloogun on | April 18, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    bring back watmore simple . this guy helped srlanka win 1996 wc ,helped bangladesh ,and helped virat kohli win the under 19 world cup.pakistan missed the trick by kicking him before the 2015 wc

  • POSTED BY cricmaster1 on | April 18, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    PCB is a joke. They appointed Moin 1 month before the WC. Pak did well in the Asia Cup. Did not play that bad in T20WC either, it was just the 20 overs in the 2nd innings of the WI games because of which they lost the tournament. 2 months later (after being hired) the coach is fired. Will Sethi fire himself for not being able to schedule a single int'l cricket match for Pak till August (5 months)? How can you judge a coach's performance in 2 months. Does not make ANY SENSE. It's unfortunate that a country that produced such great cricketers, performances and such memorable matches and moments is going down the drain due to its management and politics. SAD.

  • POSTED BY ehs786 on | April 18, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    pak playing 3+ spinner why not any mushtaq's and they need inzy for batting coach

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    Pakistan's fast bowling is dwindling; it seems to be have lost the x-factor it was once known for. Junaid Khan's progress has somewhat halted, Umar Gul may have passed his peak, and Mohammad irfan is injury prone and not such a reliable for this reason.To make the situation worse, there is no recognised fast bowling all rounder, like Ab Razzak or Azhar Mehmood used to be in the times gone b, in the scheme of things. Keeping all these things and the fact that next world cup is Fast and seam friendly pitches of Australia and New Zealand, only one person comes in my mind and that is waqar younis as he is the person who has proven in the past that boling department particularly the fast bowling department flourishes under his management. Plus he has got experience of coaching the team at the international level.