Chappell says no to Pak coaching offer
Published: Thursday, April 5, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
PCB looks to Richards as new coach
Adelaide: Former Australian captain Greg Chappell says he won't pursue a possible offer to become the first foreigner to coach the Pakistan cricket team. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Lieutenant General Tauqir Zia said on Wednesday Chappell was one of two candidates being considered for the job made vacant when Javed Miandad was sacked this week. "We are considering (South African) Barry Richards and Greg Chappell and we are trying to contact them, but nothing has been finalised as yet," Zia said. "When we talk of a qualified coach to effect good results, why not bring (in) a foreigner." But Chappell, who is South Australian state cricket manager, said he would not take the position. "Due to my commitment to the SACA (South Australian Cricket Association), and other commitments, I would be unavailable for the position even if it was offered to me," Chappell said on Thursday. Pakistan sacked coach Miandad on Tuesday and named a 15-member coach less team for the limited over tri-series in Sharjah starting on Sunday. Chappell was interviewed in India last October about coaching the Indian team, a position, which subsequently went to former New Zealand opener John Wright.