Mohsin Khan likely to continue as Pak coach for Bangladesh tour

Mohsin Khan was named Pakistan interim coach after the resignation of Waqar Younis AFP

Lahore: Nov 10, 2011

PCB might retain its interim coach Mohsin Khan for Pakistan’s next series against Bangladesh in December as it negotiates with a “foreigner” for the position of permanent head coach of the national team.

An official in the board said that while Mohsin was an option to continue as coach for the tour to Bangladesh in December, but lot of progress had been made on hiring a new head coach to replace Waqar Younis who had stepped down in September due to personal and health reasons.

“We are in advanced stages of talks with a prospective candidate who has been picked from the short list of candidates recommended by the committee that was formed by the board to scrutinize and recommend a new head coach,” the official said.

But a reliable source said since the candidate shortlisted for the job was a foreigner, the final appointment could be delayed for a while.

“It is in that scenario that the PCB had put Mohsin on standby to continue as interim coach for the Bangladesh series,” the source said.

Mohsin is with the Pakistan team as its interim coach in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka in UAE as the PCB had a change of Chairman and the process to appoint a permanent head coach was delayed.

The source also said that PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf while keen on appointing a batting, bowling and fielding coach for the national team, had decided their appointments would be made with consultation of the new head coach.

“The specialist coaches for support staff will only be finalised after the head coach is appointed and he gives his input as well,” the source said.

The PCB committee headed by Intikhab Alam had shortlisted three foreigners, Mickey Arthur, Dean Jones and Dermot Reeve for the Pakistan coaching position and two locals, Aaqib Javed and Sabih Azhar from a list of around 37 applications, it received from candidates.

Meanwhile, Mohsin Khan has welcomed the inclusion of senior players, Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razaq for the one-day series against Sri Lanka.

He said the two will definitely bolster the team’s chances in the ODI series.

Mohsin, whose team clinched the Test series against Sri Lanka 1-0, said the two players were showing no signs of being rusty.

“It’s good news for the team as Afridi and Razzaq are match-winners,” Mohsin told the Express Tribune newspaper.

“They are showing huge enthusiasm. They are energetic and it’s good for the team.” (PTI)