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Pakistan Begin Hunt for New Cricket Coach

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Pakistan cricket BoardPakistan cricket authorities on Monday formed a committee to pick a new national team coach to replace Waqar Younis, who will step down next month.

Waqar is leaving his post for medical reasons after Pakistan’s current tour of Zimbabwe.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said the four-member committee will be headed by former captain and coach Intikhab Alam, and will consider candidates from within and outside Pakistan.

“Following Waqar’s resignation, PCB has constituted a committee to look for a new coach,” it said in a statement, adding that the other members were Zaheer Abbas, Naushad Ahmed and Ramiz Raja.

PCB chief operating officer Subhan Ahmad said Sunday that former Australian batsman Dav Whatmore, who coached Sri Lanka to World Cup glory in 1996 before guiding Bangladesh to the World Cup Super Sixes in 2007, could be approached.

“Although Whatmore is currently employed in India’s National Academy, we can still contact him for the post,” Ahmad told media in Lahore.

Former paceman Aaqib Javed, who was Waqar’s assistant until this year’s World Cup, has also emerged as a strong candidate to take over as head coach.

Pakistan has a bitter history of sacking coaches after abysmal performances by the team. They hired South African Richard Pybus and Australia’s Geoff Lawson in the past but both were dismissed before their tenures finished.

Former England batsman Bob Woolmer also coached Pakistan between 2004-2007 until he died in mysterious circumstances after the team’s shock defeat against Ireland in the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.

Pakistan approached former Australian great Greg Chappell last year, who turned down the offer of the position.

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