Published On: Tue, Apr 26th, 2016

Many PCB posts are up for grab



The deadline was ended at midnight for applying for the post of Pakistan’s cricket team head coach. The PCB officials are looking into the matter with the two-member committee of Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja, who have stated that they are also working on to shortlist people for the assistant coach post.

Further posts are also empty. Azhar Mahmood, the bowling mentor, was merely working for the Asia Cup and World T20, and the post for bowling coach in his departure is empty.

Grant Flower, the batting coach’s future is also doubtful but the ex-Zimbabwe all-rounder had his agreement expanded till September later than the end of the team’s trip to England. Recently, Flower also confessed that his future is based on the arriving head coach, however, he stated that his desire is to prolong as the batting coach.

A lot of foreign and local candidates have applied for the job, with the names of Peter Moores, Micky Arthur, Dean Jones, Tom Moody and Jamie Siddons all had applied, whereas the board has as well been in contact with Aaqib Javed.

A PCB official close to the coaching committee stated in an interview that “We’re communicating with a number of applicants to discuss whether they would be willing to work as batting or bowling coaches if they are not selected or shortlisted for the head coach position,”

The official further added, “We asked them to apply for the head coach position but some CVs are of particular interest to us as we feel that they might be able to contribute as consultants for batting or bowling,” he continued by saying that “However, those names would need to be discussed with the incoming head coach.”

Yet, England’s Moores, South African Arthur and Aaqib are on the favorite’s list. But Aaqib wasn’t satisfied with the structure of the committee because he thinks that a foreign coach is currently the priority of the PCB.

But the official is of the view that other posts like trainers, physios and others in the team management are all secure right now and PCB will not replace anyone.

He further added, “We’re only concerned with the head coach position, along with the assistant coach and the batting and bowling coaches,” he continued, “All other posts will be looked at by the board at some other time. Right now our focus is to fill in these important positions.”


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.