The Telegraph
Monday , February 10 , 2014
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No foreigner as Pak coach

Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has ruled out appointing a foreign coach for the national team.

Former Test captains Intikhab Alam and Wasim Akram, who are on the four-member committee formed to evaluate and recommend the new coaching team, said none of the short-listed candidates were foreigners.

“We received a total of 25 applications and have shortlisted some candidates and none are foreigners,” Alam told a news conference in Lahore on Sunday.

The PCB is due to appoint a new head coach, batting coach and fielding coach for the national side on Monday.

Australian Dav Whatmore did not extend his two-year contract this month and fielding coach Julian Fountain also left.

Former captains Waqar Younis and Moin Khan are among the favourites to get the top coaching job.

[The Telegraph had reported that Waqar and Moin had applied for the job.]

Meanwhile, the PCB in a surprise move has awarded a two-year contract to the national team’s bowling coach Mohammed Akram.

The former fast bowler, who has been working with the team since late 2012, has mostly been given short-term contracts that were renewed accordingly.

But a reliable source said that as soon as Zaka Ashraf was reinstated as chairman by the Islamabad High Court last month the first thing he did was to renew Akram’s contract for two years.

“Akram had been working on one month contracts since last year due to the restraining orders issued by the Islamabad High Court on the former chairman Najam Sethi from taking long term decisions,” the source said.

“But when Zaka took charge from Sethi, the first thing he did was to give the two-year contract to Akram who is close to him,” the source said.

According to the source, Akram was always in the good books of Zaka because he kept the chairman abreast of the happenings in the team.