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Former captains to select the new Pakistan coaches

Calcutta: Intikhab Alam, Javed Miandad and Wasim Akram, former captains all, are on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s four-member panel to select Dav Whatmore’s successor as head coach.

According to The Telegraph’s sources, the PCB’s chief operating officer, Shubhan Ahmed, is the only non-cricketer on the panel.

Intikhab and Miandad have themselves coached Pakistan. The former, in fact, was his country’s first full-time coach.

Besides the head coach, the panel will also select Julien Fountain’s successor as the fielding coach and, in a first for Pakistan, a batting coach.

Bowling coach Mohammed Akram, one understands, has been retained “for the time being”. The evaluation of his performance has, therefore, been put on hold.

That batting remains worry No.1 has made the PCB seek a specialist coach to regularly be with the Misbah-ul Haqs.

Miandad has, of course, worked with Misbah and Co. on an on-off basis. He’s currently the PCB’s director general.

The PCB has advertised for the three posts and those interested have to apply by February 6. The PCB is hoping to have the coaches in place before the Asia Cup, in Bangladesh, which begins on February 25.

As the World Cup is just over a year away, there’s a degree of desperation at the Gaddafi, where the PCB is headquartered.