PCB constitute five-man panel to interview candidates for Pakistan head coach job

Waseem Ahmed 29/08/2019
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PCB chairman Ehsan Mani.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has constituted a five-man panel that will interview shortlisted candidates for the various coaching roles currently open for the men’s national team.

Pakistan are in the hunt for a new head coach and other supporting staff after opting not to renew the contracts of Mickey Arthur and others following the team’s fifth-place finish in the 2019 World Cup.

Former Pakistan skipper and coach Intikhab Alam, Bazid Khan, Asad Ali Khan, PCB chief executive Wasim Khan and PCB director of international cricket Zakir Khan are the five men who have been handed the responsibility of conducting the interviews.

The interviews for the head coach and bowling coach roles are set to be conducted on Thursday following which the panel will make their recommendations to PCB chairman Ehsan Mani.

Once the position of the head coach has been filled, the five-member panel will then conduct interviews for the batting coach and strength and conditioning coach roles.

The PCB has declared that it will not be revealing the names of the shortlisted candidates to maintain confidentiality although former Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has been confirmed to be one of them.

Misbah recently stepped down from his official role with the PCB’s cricket committee before formally applying for the vacant Pakistan head coach job. The former batsman is being considered as the favourite to replace Arthur in the role and he is currently serving as the commandant of Pakistan’s ongoing 17-day national team training camp in Lahore.

Other names considered to be in the running for the Pakistan head coach job are Dean Jones and Mohsin Khan while Waqar Younis has applied for the bowling coach role.

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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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