| Waqar Younis |
Calcutta: Former captains Waqar Younis and Moin Khan have applied for the post of head coach of Pakistan’s national team. The former, by the way, has already had one innings — for about a year-and-a-half between 2010-11.
According to well-placed sources of The Telegraph, former batsmen Ijaz Ahmed and Asif Mujtaba have offered their CVs for consideration as the team’s first batting coach.
Ijaz, an outstanding fielder in his prime, has also applied for the post of fielding coach.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) hasn’t sought applications for a spin bowling coach, but Saqlain ‘Doosra’ Mushtaq has nevertheless sent his CV.
Incidentally, on a “suggestion” from some quarters, the PCB has extended the deadline for applications by two days. Till Saturday, that is.
Two vacancies — head coach and fielding coach — have cropped up as neither Dav Whatmore nor Julien Fountain chose to extend their contracts. They signed off last month.
As reported in these columns, the applications will be screened by a four-member panel, which includes former captains Intikhab Alam, Javed Miandad and Wasim Akram.
Subhan Ahmed, the PCB’s chief operating officer, is the only non-cricketer on the panel.
Ahmed is currently in Singapore for an International Cricket Council meeting, so the panel can’t sit down together before early next week.
Pakistan’s next engagement, the Asia Cup (in Bangladesh), is just weeks away, and so time is at a premium for the PCB. The possibility of an interim head coach is very much there.
For now, bowling coach Mohammed Akram will provide continuity. The former quick’s “review” has been put on hold.