PCB decided to hire foreign coach after spot-fixing scandal: Zaheer Abbas

Zaheer Abbas has predicted a 2-0 series win for Pakistan over England Getty Images

Karachi: Jan 20, 2012

Former Pakistan skipper Zaheer Abbas, who is also a member of the PCB’s coaching committee, said the Board had made up mind to hire a foreign coach for the national team after the spot-fixing trial last year.

“Regardless of how the team is performing under the coaching of Mohsin Khan the fact is it was decided after our players were jailed in the spot-fixing trial last year that we should preferably have a foreign coach for the team,” Abbas told ‘Dawn’ News channel.

The PCB had constituted the coaching committee last September to find a new coach after Waqar Younis resigned as the head coach of the national team for personal and health reasons.

The spot-fixing trial was decided after Waqar had resigned and the PCB appointed Mohsin Khan as the interim coach, a position he still holds for the ongoing series against England.

When asked how the Board could change Mohsin when the team was performing well under his supervision, Abbas said while Mohsin had done a admirable job in the recent months but the committee had taken its decision last year.

“Now it is only up to the Chairman of the Board whether he signs on our recommendation or changes it,” the former Test captain said.

Intikhab Alam heads the coaching committee which is also assisted by former captain Rameez Raja, who is said to have played a big role in contacting Australian coach Dav Whatmore.

Abbas also confirmed that regardless of what the Board was saying about there being more candidates for the coaching position, Whatmore was the sole choice.

In fact the former captain in his talk also confirmed indirectly that the committee had only recommended the appointment of Whatmore as head coach probably after the England series.

“The committee felt that it was time for the team to have a professional full-time coach and someone with a lot of coaching qualification and experience of coaching international teams. The committee felt that a full-time professional coach was required to get the best out of the team and make it the top team in the world,” Abbas added.

Interestingly, when asked about the comments made by PCB chief Zaka Ashraf that Mohsin was not a qualified coach, Zaheer said in this way neither were Waqar Younis or Javed Miandad qualified coaches.

“I don’t think that matters because all these players have done good jobs when they were coaching the national team,” he stated.

Zaheer also praised the performance of the national team in the first Test against England and predicted a 2-0 series win for Pakistan. (PTI)