Thatscricket - News - Wessels rejects Pak offer of long-term contract
Published: Sunday, July 15, 2001, 21:33 [IST]
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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Karachi: Pakistan's search for a new cricket coach has received a further setback after South African Kepler Wessels turned down the offer to work on long-term basis."Kepler Wessels has informed us that he is not available for a long-term contract," Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Lieutenant General Tauqir Zia said.Pakistan is seeking a foreign coach after Englishman Richard Pybus declined to renew his contract earlier this month. Pybus had coached the team on its tour of England in May and June."We have a few other options. We are primarily interested in a foreign coach until the 2003 World Cup and we will not settle for a home coach," Zia said."The Pakistan team may play without a coach until we find the best man."He said Australian bowling expert Daryl Foster may supervise a fast bowling camp next month."We are in touch with Foster who may come for a short tour of 15 days to help fast bowlers in a training camp in Karachi," Zia said.Foster, a former Kent and Western Australian coach, is also not willing to serve on long-term basis due to other commitments. Foster worked on Pakistan paceman's Shoaib Akhtar's delivery action in April which was questioned on two occasions.The Pakistan team went to Sharjah in April this year without a coach after sacking Javed Miandad from the post.Officials also targetted Surrey's coach Keith Medlycott, who has shown little interest in the job, which has become something of a hot seat due to the sacking of nine coaches in the last four years.