Intikhab not qualified enough to identify Pak coach: Aamir Sohail

Lahore: Former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail believes that Intikhab Alam is not qualified enough to identify and recommend the national team`s next head coach.

Sohail, who has worked with Intikhab in the Pakistan team, said he was disappointed to see the Cricket Board (PCB) appoint someone like Intikhab to head the committee entrusted with the responsibility of identifying and recommending coaches for the national side.

"The individual who is responsible for the extremely important task of identifying the next coach of the national team and recommending him to the PCB chairman should be someone who knows the job and he is certainly not Intikhab," the former Test captain said.

Sohail, who has worked as PCB chief selector and also in the National Cricket Academy, said the whole process of selecting new coaches was flawed.

"For the PCB hierarchy to put Intikhab in charge of recommending the next coach of Pakistan to the chairman is absolutely scandalous.”

"Intikhab has no idea of what the requirements are and what the necessary skills are for a modern day coach to get the best out of the current group of Pakistani cricketers and is not qualified to be chairing the committee," Sohail told

Interestingly, Intikhab was manager and coach of the Pakistan team that won the 1992 World Cup and included Sohail.

The former PCB chairman Ijaz Butt had appointed Intikhab to head a special committee that also includes Zaheer Abbas, Naushad Ali with Rameez Raja also available for assistance to seek applications from interested candidates, shortlist them, identify and recommend them to the board.

The new chairman of PCB, Zaka Ashraf also did not change the committee and asked Intikhab to continue as the head of the panel.


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