Afridi wants PCB to appoint department-specific coaches

Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi wants the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to do away with a single coach appointment, and instead place a manager under whom the batting, bowling and fielding coaches would work.

Afridi, who retired from international cricket after he was stripped of captaincy, wants the board to appoint department-specific coaches, rather than naming a single head coach to succeed Waqar Younis, whose sudden announcement left the PCB in shock.

“Not appointing a head coach will be the best decision,” Afridi told The Express Tribune from London, where he is preparing for Hampshire’s Friends Provident Twenty20 semi-final.

“There should, instead, be a strong and competent manager along with assistant coaches.”

Afridi, who developed serious differences with Waqar on selection matters during the Carribbean tour earlier this year, felt that the new formula will help avoid controversies.

“The assistant coaches will focus solely on their jobs, rather than get involved in other issues. The manager will be there to look after everything. Matters will become simpler and things will go smoothly,” he explained.

Afridi, however, added that if the PCB goes ahead and appoints a single coach at the helm, then a coach of Bob Woolmer’s calibre should be appointed.

“I won’t go into the debate of whether the PCB should hire a foreign or a local coach. Pakistan just need a qualified coach. The team needs a coach like Woolmer who was qualified and had plenty of experience,” he said.

“I remember easily that no players had any major issues under Woolmer. He used to keep his focus on the job without having any agendas on the side,” he added.


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