Pakistan coach job gets poor response

According to sources, only nine foreign coaches send their CVs to the PCB committee headed by Intikhab Alam Getty Images

Karachi: Sep 27, 2011

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has received lukewarm response from well-known foreign coaches for the post of national head coach as the deadline to apply for the job expired Monday.

No big names, as far as coaching skills is concerned, have applied for the job and it could be due to the current security situation in the country.

Dawn reported that PCB now will be reaching out to world’s well-known coaches after Waqar Younis stepped down following the recently-concluded tour to Zimbabwe.

“A decision in this regard will be taken in the next meeting of the four-member PCB committee constituted to select the coach. The committee will meet in Karachi on Sept 29 to discuss the qualification of the candidates before taking any further decision in this regard,” the daily said.

Some nine foreign coaches applied for the post, sending their CVs to the committee comprising Intikhab Alam (chairman), Zaheer Abbas, Naushad Ali and consultant Ramiz Raja. Some local coaches are also interested to coach Pakistan as some 30 are lined up, most of them without any significant coaching experience.

The four-member panel would advise the PCB to start talking directly with world’s leading names in coaching, sources further said.

Pakistan team could be without a head coach during their coming series against Sri Lanka, starting in the UAE next month. Bowling coach Aaqib Javed or batting coach Ijaz Ahmed may be appointed head coach for a temporary basis.(IANS)