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Wasim Khan, the Chief Executive of PCB, is part of the panel. @ AFP

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday constituted a five-member panel to interview the candidates for the roles of the coaching staff – head coach, batting, bowling and fielding coaches – for the senior men’s team.

The panel comprises: Intikhab Alam (former captain and the longest serving Pakistan team manager and coach), Bazid Khan (former international cricketer and one of the most respected commentators), Asad Ali Khan (member, Board of Governors), Wasim Khan (Chief Executive, PCB) and Zakir Khan (Director – International Cricket).

According to a media release, the interviews for the role of head coach and bowling coach will be carried out on Thursday after which the panel will send its recommendations to PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani.

The interviews for the batting and strength and conditioning coaches will be conducted after the position of the head coach is filled. To maintain confidentiality, the PCB will not release the names of the candidates who will appear in the interview process.

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Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has emerged as the frontrunner for the position. “It has been interesting to see my name being mentioned as a future head coach of the Pakistan cricket team, but the fact is I only made the decision today. I am applying for the head coach’s role fully aware that the competition will be tough as I envisage there will be a few more very competent and highly qualified people applying for one of the most challenging jobs in the game,” he had said.

The 45-year-old resigned from the PCB’s Cricket Committee that was formed in October last year. He is currently overseeing Pakistan’s national camp as its commandant for a 17-day period.

Dean Jones and Mohsin Khan are other former international players who have applied for the head coach job. Pakistan legend and their former head coach, Waqar Younis is also in fray for the bowling coach job.