PCB looks to Richards as new coach

Published: Thursday, April 5, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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 Karachi: Pakistan is considering hiring South African Barry Richards or Australian Greg Chappell to coach the national cricket team, officials said on Wednesday. "We are considering Barry Richards and Greg Chappell and we are trying to contact them, but nothing has been finalised as yet," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Lieutenant General Tauqir Zia told AFP. "When we talk of a qualified coach to effect good results, why not bring a foreigner." Pakistan on Tuesday sacked coach Javed Miandad and named a 15-member coach-less team for the limited over tri-series in Sharjah starting Sunday. Miandad's premature end came after Pakistan's dismal performance in the recently concluded series against New Zealand where they lost the One-day series and drew the three Test match series 1-1 to the host. PCB said it had hired an English fielding coach on a part-time basis. "We have yet to decide about the new coach - but we have hired Somerset's Julian Fountain as a part-time fielding coach," PCB advisory council member Ramiz Raja said. "Fountain has got a huge reputation as he works with the baseball technique and is presently working with the West Indian team." Fountain will arrive in Pakistan in June for a three-month stint and will work in the national cricket academy set up in Lahore. Fielding has been the bane of Pakistan teams, besides inconsistency in overall performance. An English curator is also in Pakistan testing the soil to learn how best to make competitive pitches. "Andy Atkinson, who works for International Cricket Council (ICC), has tested soils at stadiums in Lahore, Sheikhupura and Peshawar and will advise us how to make lively pitches," Raja said. "This is an attempt to systemise our cricket and this will bear fruit in the future." Copyright AFP 2000 AFP

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