Wright prompts PCB for foreign coach

Published: Saturday, April 7, 2001, 17:30 [IST]
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 Dubai: The fine job that John Wright is doing as coach of the Indian team has prompted Pakistan to look for a foreign coach. This was acknowledged by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Lt Gen Tauqir Zia, who was quoted as saying in 'Gulf News', "We have seen that John Wright has done a good job as a coach for India and so we are thinking of hiring a foreign coach to get good results. In fact, many countries have hired foreign coaches." Gen Zia said the PCB had shortlisted some names for selection as the team's coach to train the youngsters and gear them up for future challenges. Asked about the new look Pakistani team, he said, "The team has very good youngsters. It is not that we have deliberately picked up the youngsters. Many of the senior players are unfit and so we thought that these youngsters should take their place. We are going through a challenging process and there will be an emphasis on youth." Barry Richards of South Africa and Geoff Boycott of England are said to be the top contenders for the job of the Pakistan team's coach. Former Australian skipper Greg Chappell, who was approached by the PCB, had announced on Thursday that he was not available for the job.

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