LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) three-member committee is eyeing an ‘internationally experienced’ campaigner to replace outgoing coach Waqar Younis, reducing the chances of a local taking over the post.
The PCB formed the committee, headed by former team manager and coach Intikhab Alam, to find Waqar’s successor and will be aided by former captain Ramiz Raja as the hunt begins for the team’s 16th coach since 1995.
“We’re obviously thinking of an internationally experienced coach,” Alam told reporters. “It’s a big task but we need someone who has coached an international team and has a good reputation and coaching career. That’s the way we will shortlist the candidates.”
Interestingly, Alam’s statements and criteria narrow down the list to a very few candidates - those who have coached an international team. Most of the committee members are also convinced that a foreign coach is the likely solution.
However, former captain Zaheer Abbas, one of the members, prefers a local candidate while Raja believed that an ideal case would be finding someone from within the country but with a stature similar to that of Waqar.
The top PCB officials are also convinced that apart from former assistant coach Aqib Javed and former National Cricket Academy head coach Muddasir Nazar, there was no viable option.
While the committee is divided over its opinion, Alam believed that the experience factor reduces chances of a local option.
“Naturally we will be considering the local coaches but the experience factor reduces the chances of that. We want a coach who has the ability to cope with the psychology of the players and who has good management skills.
“I know opinion may differ but I don’t see any conflict in short-listing candidates.”
The former spinner said that the shortlisted names would be passed onto the PCB that would finalise the coach of the Pakistan team.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 31st, 2011.