Pakistan news May 9, 2014

PCB defends Waqar appointment

ESPNcricinfo staff

The PCB has defended its decision to name Waqar Younis as the national team's head coach, a day after Mohsin Khan blasted the appointment process. Mohsin, one of the contenders for the coach's job, had called the process a 'total farce', questioning why he had not been interviewed.

Zaheer Abbas, the former Pakistan captain who is now principal advisor to the PCB chairman, explained why Mohsin had not been interviewed. "The procedure is that we usually interview candidates about whom we have no or little information," Abbas said. "But Mohsin's case was different; he is quite familiar to us and we are aware of his strengths and weaknesses."

Mohsin had previously been Pakistan's coach in 2012, when he guided them to a famous 3-0 Test series sweep against then No. 1 England. Mohsin and Waqar were in the race for the top role and on Tuesday, the PCB appointed Waqar, who returned for a second term after his previous stint between March 2010 and August 2011.

Another former Pakistan captain, Intikhab Alam, who is now PCB's director of domestic cricket, also defended Waqar's appointment. "For the position of head coach we took a lot of other factors into account," Alam said. "We looked at an applicant's ability to be inclusive and take players along with him. After reviewing all seven applications on merit, we recommended Waqar Younis."