Pakistan must wait for new head coach with committee not yet appointed

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Pakistan are hunting for new coaches for their national side, but first they’re on the search for the men who will appoint them.

According to a report from Dawn, the PCB have only just started the process of forming a five-man committee to select the new management team in the post-Mickey Arthur era.

Arthur and his support team did not have their contracts renewed after the men in green’s failure to reach the semi-finals of the ICC World Cup in England earlier this summer.

The search for replacements is likely to be close to home. Misbah-ul-haq has reportedly applied for the role of head coach while another former Pakistan captain in Waqar Younis is the biggest name connected with the bowling coach post. A strength and conditioning coach will also be sought after.

However, the vacancies are unlikely to be filled soon, as the PCB try and nail down a five-man committee – most of whom are thought to be former Test players – to sift through the applications.

Pakistan will next be in action starting September 27 as Sri Lanka tour the country for the first game of an historic ODI and T20 series.

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Pakistan are all set to host Sri Lanka for six limited overs matches next month, it was announced on Friday.

In a joint statement from the Pakistan and Sri Lankan boards, it was announced that the ODI series will begin on September 27 in Karachi where the other two games will also be played on September 29 and October 2.

The islanders will then move to Lahore for three T20s starting on October 5 with the remaining games on October 7 and 9.

This will be Sri Lanka’s second tour of Pakistan since their team bus was attacked by militants during a Test match in Lahore in 2009.

Sri Lanka returned to Pakistan for a Twenty20 in Lahore in October 2017.

The teams were supposed to play two Tests but Sri Lanka’s sports minister Harin Fernando said those matches won’t be played in Pakistan.

Pakistan-Sri Lanka series schedule:

Sep 27: 1st ODI, Karachi

Sep 29: 2nd ODI, Karachi

Oct 2: 3rd ODI, Karachi

Oct 5: 1st T20I, Lahore

Oct 7: 2nd T20I, Lahore

Oct 9: 3rd T20I, Lahore

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Pakistan ace Mohammad Amir stars with ball and bat to help Essex clinch thrilling county win

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Mohammad Amir.

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has retired from Test cricket but on Tuesday showed he remains a potent force in red-ball cricket by guiding Essex to a tense three-wicket win in the county championship.

Playing against Kent, Amir took four wickets in the first innings as Kent made 226. But with the bat, Essex batsmen made a meal of their first innings, getting bowled out for just 114. It was Amir once again who made a contribution, top-scoring with 28.

With a deficit of over 100 runs, Essex were staring down the barrel. But then came the most incredible passage of play on Tuesday as the new-ball pair of Amir and Sam Cook decimated the Kent batting line-up. Fast bowler Cook snared seven wickets for just 23 runs from his nine overs – finishing with 12 wickets in the match – while Amir picked up 2-16 to bowl Kent out for just 40 in 18.1 overs.

A target of 153 proved to be tricky as Essex were reduced to 84-6 but they kept their cool to reach the target with three wickets in hand and Amir remaining unbeaten on 4.

Amir thus ended up with six wickets in the game, raising hopes of a change of heart regarding his Test retirement. The left-arm seamer had quit Test cricket after the World Cup in order to prolong his career but with tours to Australia and England lined up, there is hope that Amir will change his mind and lead Pakistan’s inexperienced seam attack.

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