Thatscricket - News - 'Pybus departure is no set back'
Published: Tuesday, July 10, 2001, 22:02 [IST]
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Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday said Englishman Richard Pybus's refusal to continue as national coach was not a setback for the team as it has started searching for another foreign candidate."When Pybus was taken on board in early May, his continuation depended on his availability and our willingness so it has come as no setback," PCB director of operations Brigadier Munawwar Rana told AFP.Pybus, who is based in South Africa, on Monday turned down Pakistan's offer to continue as coach until the 2003 World Cup in South Africa."Pybus conveyed his pleasure over the team's performance in England and his association with the team, but apologised for not being able to stay away from South Africa for an extended time period," Rana said.Pybus has split from his wife and has an eight-year-old daughter to look after, he added."It's a combination of personal and career reasons but Pybus said he enjoyed his stint with the team."Pybus, hired for a second time, coached Pakistan during their May-June tour of England which saw the side squaring the two-match Test series 1-1 and finishing as runners-up to Australia in the limited overs tri-series, involving England also. PCB has resumed its hunt for a foreign coach, Rana said but refused to disclose any names."As per Chairman of PCB Lieutenant General Tauqir Zia's policy we would go for a foreign coach but it's too early to say who he will be."Australian Greg Chappell and South African Barry Richards turned down PCB's offer in April this year. Their refusal was linked to Pakistan's bitter history of sacking coaches. Pakistan has gone through nine coaches in the last four years, including former captains Intikhab Alam and Javed Miandad.Miandad was sacked in April this year to pave way for Pybus who was himself removed in his first tenure in 1999. Miandad ruled out his comeback after signing a three-week contract as Bangladesh's batting coach earlier this month.Pakistan is due to play Bangladesh and India in Asian Test Championship games in August and September this year.It will then host New Zealand for a three-match Test series and as many One-day games in September-October.