PCB struggles to name new chief coach with Akram withdrawal

Pakistan Cricket Board is struggling to name a new head coach after its top candidate withdrew from the country’s current selection system.

A well-placed source told PTI that former coach Muhammad Akram was the best candidate for the post of chief coach, but he stepped down, demanding that the board revert to the old selection system.

In the old system, the board appointed an independent national selection committee of three to five members headed by a chief coach who selected the teams and had them approved by the chairman of the board.

Under the new system put in place in October 2019, the head coach of the national team, Misbah-ul-Haq was also the head coach and the other members of his committee were the head coaches of the six teams. provincials participating in first-class national championship competitions. locust.

“Akram has made it clear that he does not want to work under the current selection system or with the head coaches of the provincial teams,” the source said.

“He has made it clear to the board that if they want to appoint him as chief coach, they will have to go back to the old system of having an independent national selection committee.”

Misbah recently stepped down as head coach, saying he wanted to focus on his job as head coach and found it difficult to devote time to both responsibilities.

His last assignment as chief coach was to choose the touring team for New Zealand and the board said they would announce a new chief coach soon.

Akram, 46, has played 9 tests and 23 ODIs for Pakistan and has also represented several English counties like Sussex, Surrey, Essex and Northants in his first class career. He is also the head coach / director of the Peshawar Zalmi franchise in the Pakistan Super League.

The source said Akram was uncomfortable working with the head coaches of the provincial teams and wanted the board to take their advice when appointing other members of the selection committee.

Former test players including Basit Ali, Muhammad Wasim, Abdul Razzaq, Faisal Iqbal are currently part of the head coaches who manage the provincial national cricket teams.

According to the source, with the news that former captain Rashid Latif had been released by the Pakistan Television Corporation from his post as ambassador, host and analyst, he could now be a prime candidate for the post.

In the past, Rashid has also been offered the opportunity to become head coach, but turned down due to his work at PTV and other commitments.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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