PCB advertises for post of assistant coach now

Sunday, July 29, 2007

KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has placed an advertisement on its official website for the post of assistant coach.

The PCB is seeking a computer-literate coach with at least a Level-II qualification. Candidates have been given an August 15 deadline to apply for the job.

The advertisement says that the assistant coach would work under Pakistan’s new coach Geoff Lawson. The Australian is scheduled to join the national team by August 20. It says that the selected candidate would initially be offered a two-year contract.

It is widely believed that the PCB would hire a local coach to work under Lawson though top Board officials have said in the recent past that Lawson would get a free-hand to hire his support staff.

Currently, former Test batsman Haroon Rasheed and ex-Test pacer Aaqib Javed are front-runners for the job of assistant coach. These days, both are involved in the training camp of the national team in Karachi.

A PCB official said that the candidates for the job would be interviewed by a Board panel next month.

The Board also placed a similar advertisement for the post of national coach but did not get any worthwhile response from top international coaches. All three candidates short-listed by the PCB for the job — Lawson, Dav Whatmore and Richard Done — were contacted directly by the Board officials.

By placing an advertisement and making it clear that only a coach with a minimum qualification of Level-II would be considered for the job, the Board has effectively slammed the door on former Pakistan greats like Javed Miandad and Intikhab Alam, who do not hold any such formal qualification.

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