Pak coach candidates not high-profile enough

Last Updated: Sep 27, 2011, 19:54 PM IST

Lahore: Pakistan`s hunt for a new cricket coach has not attracted many experienced candidates and the PCB might have to directly approach some high-profile names for the job.

A PCB official confirmed that after the expiry of the September 26 deadline for interested candidates to apply, the response had been good but the interested candidates didn`t include any high profile figures.

"We have received applications from England and Australia and many from within the country but some of the names we were expecting are not there," the official conceded.

The special committee formed by the PCB to shortlist candidates for the position will be meeting on September 29 in Karachi to prune the list and shortlist the best possible candidates for recommendation to the board.

The PCB is hunting for a new coach after Pakistan`s former Test captain Waqar Younis stepped down following the recent tour to Zimbabwe on personal and health grounds.

"The September 29 meeting is important because we will than go through all the candidates who have applied and see who are the best possible options for our requirements," PCB COO Subhan Ahmad said.

He didn`t rule out the possibility of the committee directly approaching anyone if it was not satisfied with the list of candidates who had applied for the position.

"That is the prerogative of the committee they can hold talks directly with anyone but right now even the board is unaware of who have applied for the post all we know is they are local coaches and foreigners as well," he said.

The names of high-profile coaches such as Dav Whatmore, Peter Moores, Tom Moody, Mickey Arthur and Tim Nielsen have been reported as possible candidates for the job but Ahmad said the board had not spoken to anyone and neither had anyone approached it directly for the position.

PTI