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PCB is on the edge of hiring a coach

KARACHI: After the resignation of Waqar Younis both PCB officials looking for the coach of Pakistan Cricket Team alongside the two-member committee of Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja, have said that they are looking to shortlist people for the assistant coach position as well.

Some other cricketers are also considered for different jobs . Bowling consultant Azhar Mahmood was only brought in for the Asia Cup and World T20, and his departure has left the bowling coach position vacant.

Grant Flower’s future is also unpredictable but the former Zimbabwe all-rounder had his contract extended till September because of the team’s tour to England. Ex-Zimbabwean player Flower himself recently admitted his future will be decided by the incoming head coach but said he wants to continue as the batting coach of team.

Numerous coaches which have experience of foreign and local  have applied for the job — with Peter Moores, Micky Arthur, Dean Jones, Tom Moody and Jamie Siddons all throwing their names into the hat — while the board has also been in touch with Aaqib Javed.

According to a PCB official :

PCB is 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

PCB 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, added the official.

Moreover, those names would need to be discussed with the incoming head coach

He also said that PCB already cleared the point that the positions of trainers, physios and others in the team management are all secure, with the PCB not looking to replace anyone.

We’re only concerned with the head coach position, along with the assistant coach and the batting and bowling coaches, 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.