PCB likely to appoint interim coach for Sri Lanka series

The names of Dean Jones, Dermot Reeves and Aaqib Javed are already doing the rounds for the Pakistan coach’s position Getty Images

Karachi: Sep 30, 2011

The names of Dean Jones, Dermot Reeves and Aaqib Javed are already doing the rounds, but the Pakistan team is not likely to have a full-time coach when it takes on Sri lanka in the upcoming series in the UAE.

Former Pakistan captain Intikhab Alam has hinted that the PCB may appoint an interim coach for the Sri Lanka series.

Intikhab, who heads the special committee formed by PCB to shortlist the coach and which also has Zaheer Abbas, Rameez Raja and colonel Naushad Ali, told PTI that there were chances that the appointment of the new coach could be delayed.

“We have shortlisted five candidates and will send it to the board but I think the PCB will have to make an interim arrangement for the Sri Lanka series in the UAE because of lack of time.

Alam said that the board and committee didn’t want to hurry the process of appointment.

“We can manage the series against Sri Lanka with an interim coach,” he added.

Intikhab refused to divulge the names of the five candidates, saying that the board didn’t want any speculations in the media about the new coach.

“We want to avoid all that and also avoid putting pressure on the candidates before anything is finalised that is why we have decided not to give out any names,” he said.

Zaheer Abbas, a former Test captain, also told PTI that the Butt had told the committee members to not divulge details of the candidates who applied for the position or those short- listed by the committee.

“It is a matter of trust and confidence and that is why we are ensuring no names come out in the media,” he said.

The former captain, however, did concede that the process of appointing the coach would take time, adding that they are more keen on having a foreigner on board.

“Right now we have done our spadework but it will take time to negotiate with the coaches we are interested in right now,” he said.

Intikhab confirmed that the board and the committee were clear that the coach would have to spend time at the national cricket academy as well when he is not touring with team.

“We have outlined our priorities very clearly that the new coach has to spend time in Pakistan besides going with the team on foreign tours. We know there are security issues but at the same time it was encouraging to receive applications from 12 foreigners in the initial process,” he said.

Pakistan cricket has in the past employed foreign coaches in Richard Pybus, Bob Woolmer and Geoff Lawson and are now looking for Waqar Younis’ replacement who resigned due to personal and health reasons after the recent tour to Zimbabwe.

Butt is due to reach Karachi tomorrow and insiders say he will discuss the shortlist with Intikhab on Sunday.

One committee member confirmed that former South African coach, Mickey Arthur didn’t feature in the list. (PTI)