Karachi: The three-member committee constituted by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to hunt for a new head coach has shortlisted five candidates from the 37 applications it received.
The committee, headed by former team manager and coach, Intikhab Alam, met in Karachi to consider the names of all candidates who applied for the job after the advertisement was placed on the PCB’s website, with September 26 being the deadline.
Former captain Zaheer Abbas and former wicket-keeper batsman Naushad Ali- the other two members of the committee- were also present in the meeting.
The PCB’s Chief Operating Officer, Subhan Ahmed, missed the meeting due to illness, while former captain Ramiz Raja, who is assisting the committee with the massive task, was consulted over the telephone from England, a daily reports.
Alam confirmed that the PCB’s advertisement for the job received a positive response from coaches from all over the world.
“We received a total of 37 entries. As many as 12 foreign coaches showed interest in the job, with 22 local applicants, including former Test cricketers, also sending in their details,” Alam told reporters in Karachi after the meeting.
“We had a comprehensive meeting after which we have shortlisted five candidates, and that list includes local and foreign candidates,” he added.
Alam, however, refused to divulge details about the interested coaches.
He said that the committee would forward its suggestion to the board, which would then make a decision after PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt’s return to Pakistan on October 2.