Naming Asia Cup squad and new head coach held up: Sources

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 10:54

Karachi: Two major announcements about the new head coach and the Pakistan squad for Asia Cup were held up due to the sudden dismissal of PCB chairman, Zaka Ashraf and would be reviewed by the new management committee and its Chairman, Najam Sethi at their meeting on Tuesday.

A reliable source in the board told PTI that Zaka Ashraf was due to announce former test captain, Waqar Younis as the new head coach of the team yesterday and also give approval to the Pakistan squad for the Asia Cup.

"But both announcements were held up due to his sudden sacking by the government," the source said.

He said chief selector, Aamir Sohail had been told to finalize his squad by Monday and submit it to the Chairman for approval and announcement.

"Sohail after hearing the news about the changes in the board didn`t show up at the Gaddafi stadium."

He said similarly the coaching committee of the board had been told to finalize names for the positions of head coach, batting coach and
fielding coach for the Pakistan team yesterday and give it to the Chairman for announcement.

"The coaching committee had recommended the name of Waqar as head coach, Shoaib Muhammad as batting coach and Ejaz Ahmed as fielding coach," the source said.

The source said now all the decisions would be reviewed by the new management committee and its Chairman, Najam Sethi at their meeting on Tuesday.

"The committee will also review all the previous decisions taken by Zaka since he was reinstated as Chairman by the Islamabad High Court last month including the appointment of Sohail as chief selector and the dismissal of Moin Khan as manager of the Pakistan team," the source said.

"The decisions will definitely be reviewed and there are also chances that some of them may be reversed," the source added.

Zaka had made Zakir Khan, the new director international cricket operations, as the manager of the team for the Asia Cup and World T20 Cup in Bangladesh in place of Moin and also appointed Sohail as chief selector besides bringing in Muhamamd Illyas as the new chief selector for the Pakistan under-19 cricket and women`s team.

"Zaka had also appointed former test batsman, Basit Ali as the head of the regional cricket academy in Karachi."
The source said since taking charge last month, Zaka had also made fresh appointments in the board on a daily basis.

"All his decisions will now be reviewed but Waqar is likely to be announced as head coach for the Asia Cup and World T20," the source added.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 10:54

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