Thatscricket - News - Pak eyes Wessels, Medlycott for coach
Published: Sunday, July 15, 2001, 21:33 [IST]
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Karachi: Pakistan is targeting former South African batsman Kepler Wessels and Surrey's Keith Medlycott to take over as coach of the national team, officials said on Saturday."We are looking for a coach who could take us until the 2003 World Cup in South Africa," said Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) development committee chairman Ramiz Raja."We have a number of options available and Wessels and Medlycott are among them."Wessels, 43, played 54 One-dayers and 24 Tests for Australia from 1982-1991, and when South Africa was readmitted to the international fray he played 16 Tests and 55 Limited Overs games for his country of birth.Medlycott, 36, is currently coaching English county Surrey, who won back-to-back county titles in 1999 and 2000. He played first-class cricket for Surrey from 1984-1991 as an all-rounder.Pakistan restarted its search after South African-based Englishman Richard Pybus turned down an offer to coach on a long-term basis earlier this month. Pybus was Pakistan's head coach on their tour of England in May-June but later made himself unavailable for the position, citing personal reasons. "Due to international commitments people like South African Barry Richards and England's Geoff Boycott are busy so we will have to look at the available options," Raja said."Boycott is real coaching material but we want to utilize his experience in our academies." Pakistan, which hired Boycott as a consultant for 15 days earlier this year, is running a national academy in Lahore and four regional academies.