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The search for a foreign consultant is still on: PCB

Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board has not given up plans to hire a foreign consultant to assist the team on their forthcoming tour of England, PCB chief operating officer Wasim Bari said.

“We can’t disclose things at this stage but yes we are working on this matter and we can only make announcements if something is finalised and not before that,” Bari said on Monday.

Pakistan would embark on a gruelling three-month long tour to England in June where they will play six Tests, five One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 matches against Australia and England.

The former Test captain said that PCB wants to provide the best support staff to the team in the run-up to the next year’s World Cup in the sub-continent.

The PCB had tried to engage a foreign coach after their disastrous tour of Australia but due to the prevailing security situation in Pakistan, the board found it difficult to convince anyone to take up a full-time assignment.

Among those approached were former Australian captain Greg Chappell and Englishman John Emburey, but both of them were reluctant to take up a full-time job which forced PCB to appoint former captain Waqar Younis as the national team coach on a two-year contract.

Soon after taking the job with the national team, Waqar has given his green signal for the appointment of a foreign consultant.

Meanwhile, the PCB also has to decide the captain of the Test team for the tour as its present limited overs captain Shahid Afridi has not played a five-day game since 2006. And the all-rounder’s performance as skipper in the ongoing T20 World Cup would, to a large extent, affect the board’s decision in this regard.

Bari said the board would take all important decisions after evaluating the team’s performance in the West Indies.

Pakistan leave for England after playing in the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka in June.

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