Pakistan shortlist five candidates for national coaching job

The list of five shortlisted candidates also includes former Australian cricketer Dean Jones Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Karachi: Sep 30, 2011

A Pakistan Cricket Board committee formed for finding the new coach for the national team, has shortlisted five applications out of 37 received following the resignation of Waqar Younis for personal reasons.

The committee headed by former manager Intikhab Alam met in Karachi on Wednesday to discuss on the issue. Former skipper Zaheer Abbas and Col (retd) Naushad Ali are the other two members of the committee.

“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. We had a comprehensive meeting after which we have shortlisted five candidates and that list includes local and foreign candidates,” Alam said.

Former Australian batsman Dean Jones and former England all-rounder Dermot Reeve are said to be in the list of five candidates, shortlisted by the Pakistan Cricket Board for the job of chief coach.

“I can’t give you the names of the people on the shortlist we have made of five candidates. But we received a total of 37 applications for the post of Pakistan coach against the advertisement the Pakistan Board put out for the position. These applications included 12 foreigners and 25 locals,” Alam said.

Alam denied the possibility of appointing an interim coach for the Sri Lanka series. “There is little time left for the series. The process may take more time but it will be up to the board to decide on the interim coach.”

Pakistan play a full series against Sri Lanka in the UAE starting October 18, which includes three Tests, five One-Day Internationals and a one-off Twenty20.