ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has shortlisted six local candidates for the posts of head, batting and fielding coaches separately on Sunday (today) without any application of foreign professionals.
PCB seemed concrete on its decision for appointing Pakistani coaches for Green Shirts; signalling for an end of long foreign coaches’ tenure in the country.
PCB’s coach selection committee head, Intikhab Alam, revealed that two sets of possible candidates for the three posts has been finalised, which will be forwarded to PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf for final approval after his return to the country from Singapore, AP reported.
Australian Dav Whatmore, the former head coach, and Englishman Julian Fountain, the ex-fielding coach, quit after Pakistan drew a test series against Sri Lanka 1-1 in the United Arab Emirates last month.
The PCB’s chairman Zaka Ashraf will return to Pakistan on Monday after attending an ICC Board meeting where he took prominent stand against ‘Big 3’ rulership.
However, Intikhab Alam refused to reveal the names of the shortlisted candidates, but former coaches Waqar Younis, Mohsin Khan and Ijaz Ahmed were among those who have applied.
Legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram, a member of the committee along with cricket board director and former captain Javed Miandad, has praised the board’s move to promote local coaches and expressed their pleasure on absence of foreign candidates.