ICL: Indian Cricket League

Pakistan launch advertisement for new national coach


Pakistan on Tuesday launched an advertisement for a new national cricket coach, looking to expand their options to find the right man to help rebuild their beleaguered team following a shockingly early exit from the World Cup.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has put the advertisement on its website and has also sent it to the International Cricket Council (ICC) and several ICC member nations, asking for qualified coaches to apply for the job from all over the world by May 15.

Pakistan’s coach Bob Woolmer was found seemingly lifeless in his hotel room in Jamaica on March 18 hours after his team was stunned by minnows Ireland in a World Cup game and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital there. The Jamaican Police later launched a murder inquiry after an autopsy report suggested that the Englishman was strangled.

Pakistan are now seeking a world class expert to replace Woolmer, regarded among the most accomplished coaches in the cricket world.

The PCB, under fire for Pakistan’s humiliating World Cup campaign, have started taking steps to rebuild the national team and has recently appointed Shoaib Malik as the new captain and has also brought in a new set of selectors. The Board is now looking to hire a new coach for a two-year term starting from June this year.

According to a PCB official, Pakistan are keeping their options open and may once again go for a foreign coach though one of their former Test fast bowlers, Aaqib Javed, still remains a strong candidate for the assignment.

Former New Zealand Test cricketer John Wright, who has coached India in the past, is one of the several candidates being considered by the PCB for the job.

The PCB said that it is looking for an experienced coach who should preferably have an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Level III qualification.

The new coach should at least have played first-class cricket and will have to work closely with the national selection committee as well as former Test batsman Mudassar Nazar, Director of the National Cricket Academy.

The Board also wants the new coach to play a role in coaches’ workshops and seminars that it regularly conducts in various centres of the country.

It is expected that the PCB would appoint a new coach by June. Till then team manager Talat Ali, a former Test player, has been made the national team’s interim coach. Talat would be serving as a coach and manager in a three-match One-day International (ODI) series against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi next month.

Source:The News

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