Sydney: Former Australian batsman Dean Jones has said he believes that he is among the five candidates shortlisted by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the national coach position.
Jones has not heard anything official from the PCB, but he is reported to have been included in the shortlist, along with former England all-rounder Dermot Reeve and local applicant Aaqib Javed, a leading daily reports.
``I believe I am in the last five. ``I have always wanted to coach and the opportunity came along, so I put my hand up.`` Jones was quoted as saying.
In recent years, Pakistan cricket has been rendered homeless by terrorism, damaged by last year’s spot-fixing scandal and endured constant selection upheaval.
Jones, who would have to overcome a lack of coaching experience to get the job, said that his first challenge would be to establish a stable environment and a culture of tough love, if he got selected as Pakistan coach.
``Take out what has happened with the betting scandal, take out the security problems, everyone in the world who knows cricket knows they have always had a wonderful pool of talent." he said.
"It`s just a matter of getting the culture right, getting them to take ownership of their actions, working together and who knows, they could win a World Cup in three years time.`` he added.
There is no shortage of talent in Pakistan, Jones said, adding that if successful, he would try to entice former captain Shahid Afridi out of retirement and instill a more defensive mindset in the team.
``Ultimately it comes down to the defensive part of their game that needs to be worked on, and that just comes down to proper drills and attention to detail.`` the former Australian batsman said.
Jones has also expressed interest in joining Cricket Australia`s revamped selection panel, the report said.