PCB keeping head coach options open

If those who have applied aren’t up to the mark, board says it will look elsewhere

Our Correspondent April 27, 2016

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) continues to search for a head coach as it keeps its options open, with a senior PCB official indicating that the board may approach someone who hasn’t applied for the role if they don’t find a suitable candidate.

The deadline to apply for the post finished on Monday and the matter now rests with the PCB and the two-member committee of Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja.

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England’s Peter Moores, South African Micky Arthur and Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup winning fast-bowler Aaqib Javed are thought to be favourites. But reports are emerging that Aaqib has not applied for the post as he was not satisfied with Ramiz and Wasim publicly speaking of their preference of a foreign coach.

“The PCB reserves the right to hire someone other than the applicants if those who have applied aren’t available instantly, if they don’t meet our requirements or if we aren’t able to agree terms with them,” said the PCB official.

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The official added the board is not looking at past record alone and isn’t necessarily searching for a renowned name either. “Qualifications and track record are important but having a vision to bring about change is even more so,” he said. “The board will take all these aspects into consideration before making a choice. If we find a suitable candidate among the applicants then we’ll hire one but if we don’t, we’ll look at other options.”

Published in The Express Tribune, April 27th,  2016.

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