PCB appoints committee to look for new Pakistan coach

Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday appointed a four-member committee to look for a new coach for Pakistan cricket team to replace Waqar Younis, who has resigned and is on his last tour as the national team coach to Zimbabwe.

The committee is headed by Intikhab Alam that includes former captains -- Rameez Raja and Zaheer Abbas -- and former Test cricketer Colonel Naushad Ali.

The PCB has said that the candidate could be from either within or outside Pakistan.

"Following the resignation of Waqar Younis as head coach, the board has formed a committee to look for a new coach from within or outside Pakistan," PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarwar said.

The board official said that Rameez had agreed to assist the committee in searching for the new coach, while the sources have confirmed that the former Test opener`s role is to specifically shortlist and negotiate with prospective foreign coaches.

Sarwan said that the committee would start its work after Eid and finalise things before Pakistan`s next series against Sri Lanka in the UAE to be held from late October.

The search for a new coach has begun as Waqar announced that the Zimbabwe tour would be his last one as he had to leave for personal and health reasons. Insisting that he had no problems or issues with anyone in the board, or with the selectors or the players, Waqar said it had been a hard decision to resign as his contract was till next year`s Twenty20 World Cup.

In Pakistan, captains and coaches tend to have short tenures. Since 1998, the PCB has changed the coach of the national team 15 times.

Bob Woolmer, the former England player, had the longest stint as Pakistan coach from 2003 to 2007 before he died during the 2007 World Cup in Kingston (Jamaica) just 24 hours after Pakistan were knocked out in the first round of the mega-event.

Former Test captain Javed Miandad had three stints as Pakistan coach, South African Richard Pybus was made the coach twice, while Intikhab Alam also coached the national team twice since 1998 before he was removed last year and made the manager of the team with Waqar taking over from him.

Sources in the board said that although PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt was not in favour of having a foreign coach as he had sacked Australian Geoff Lawson soon after coming to power in October 1998, he had said that this possibility should not be ruled out.


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