Pak shifts focus on Foster for coach

Published: Friday, April 13, 2001, 0:50 [IST]
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Karachi: Pakistan is wooing Western Australian Daryl Foster to coach its lacklustre cricket team after South African Barry Richards and former Australian captain Greg Chappell refused to sit in the hot seat. "We are looking for a foreign coach and I think Foster is the best choice," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Lieutenant General Tauqir Zia told AFP Thursday. Pakistan has sacked seven coaches in the past three years, including Javed Miandad twice and South Africa-based English coach Richard Pybus. Miandad's second coaching stint ended last week when he was removed after Pakistan lost the One-day series against New Zealand and levelled the Test series 1-1. Foster, a former Western Australia and Kent coach, has recently worked on remodelling the controversial action of Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar. Shoaib spent several weeks with Foster and former Australian fast bowling legend Dennis Lillee at the University of Western Australia to correct his action. Chappell has rejected the coaching offer citing prior commitments and Richards says he is available only as a consultant, Zia said. In February Pakistan hired former England opener Geoff Boycott for a 15-day stint to coach junior players, under a Pound 30,000 ($ 48,000) contract. Despite swag of world-class players, Pakistan has lost its last two home series against Sri Lanka and England, and failed to live up to its potential against underdogs New Zealand last month. India's recent Test series win against Australia under a foreign coach, Kiwi John Wright, has apparently impressed cricket officials here. "We want a foreign coach for our tour of England next month," Zia said. "We will announce the team on April 23 and if Moin Khan is not fit the current captain Waqar Younis will remain captain." Khan's knee injury recurred in New Zealand last month and he was ruled out of competition for six weeks. Pakistan plays two Tests in England next month and feature in a One-day tri-series also involving world champions Australia.

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