Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan has said that the new selection committee would be appointed by next week while the new head coach of the national team would be selected by first week of May. (Waqar Younis Resigns as Pakistan Coach)
The PCB is on the lookout for a new head coach and to appoint new selectors after Waqar Younis stepped down after Pakistan’s dismal show in the Asia Cup and World T20 while the board sacked the entire selection committee headed by Haroon Rasheed. (Shahid Afridi Was not Serious During World T20, Alleges Waqar Younis)
The PCB has invited candidates to apply for the head coach position by April 25 after which a committee that also includes Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja will finalise the new coach.
Shahryar Khan however told PTI that the board had not yet decided whether to appoint a foreign coach or local one. But he dropped a hint that the board had already shortlisted a foreign and a local candidate.
“The new coach will be appointed by first week of May and Wasim is also in India for the IPL to discuss with candidates,” Shahryar said.
The names of former Test stalwarts Aaqib Javed, Moin Khan, Mohsin Khan and Mudassar Nazar are doing the rounds for the post of head coach while the board is said to be eyeing Tom Moody and Dean Jones as the best possible foreign candidates.
Moody is busy in the IPL while Jones recently coached the title winning Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League.
Shahryar said that the new selection committee would be named by late this week or next week as the board wanted the selectors to also watch the Pakistan Cup one-day tournament in Faisalabad starting next week.
He confirmed that Mohsin Khan had been offered the post of chief selector but he declined.
“Mohsin is more inclined towards coaching the national team,” he added.
The names of former Test spinner Iqbal Qasim, Moin and Mohsin are also being tipped to head the selection committee.
The PCB chief said the board would now make appointments after giving it proper thought as the national team had tough tours to England and Australia and there was a need to improve its rankings in all three formats.