Former players and applicants, who had applied for various coaching positions advertised by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), have expressed their disapproval over PCB Chairman Najam Sethi’s decision to declare Waqar Younis as the next head coach in official capacity.
Sethi had recently stated that he is hoping that the combination of Waqar and Moin Khan as coach and manager respectively will produce better results.
But that has not gone down well with the other hopefuls, who feel that the chairman should not have made such comments before May 5, the application deadline.
“It’s unprofessional that Sethi has taken Waqar’s name for the coaching position before the cut-off date,” one of the applicants told The Express Tribune.
“Sethi has been doing well so far as PCB chairman, but such remarks do not suit him because he is heading an organisation.
“His comments have raised questions on the transparency of the selection process for coaches. If people were to be handpicked, then PCB shouldn’t have advertised for the vacant coaching positions.”
Meanwhile, another candidate stated that it was an open secret that Waqar was the favourite to be made head coach, but Sethi should have waited for a few days before making an announcement.
I did not apply in protest, says Jalaluddin
Former Test cricketer Jalaluddin, who holds the record of achieving the first hat-trick in ODIs, said that he did not apply for any post in protest against the PCB.
The 54-year-old remains one of the most qualified coaches in Pakistan, having the additional experience of the English and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket Australia to his credit.
He has been repeatedly ignored in the past when he applied for the post of National Cricket Academy director, bowling coach for the Pakistan team and for the head coach position.
“For the last several years, the PCB has been channelling favouritism when it comes to appointing people on key posts, which is why I decided not to apply this time around in protest,” Jalal told The Express Tribune.
“Despite being one of the most qualified coaches in Pakistan, I’ve been overlooked several times and people with inferior qualifications have been granted favours. So it’s better to stay away from the process because it is of no use.”
Jalal stressed that a proper policy and criteria should be followed in the selection process of team officials, where short-listed candidates must be called to demonstrate their ideas.
“Recommendation committees can only propose their favourites because they cannot interview qualified people.
“The PCB must short-list candidates and call them for a thorough interview and presentation of plans in order to gauge their knowledges, only then can the selection process be transparent,” he concluded.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 3rd, 2014.
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