Thatscricket - News - PCB tries to woo Pybus with short-term contract
Published: Monday, August 20, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi: Pakistan has made another offer to Englishman Richard Pybus to fill the national coaching void for the upcoming home season with Tests against New Zealand and India, officials said on Wednesday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]"We have talked to Pybus and have invited him to come for the short-term and he will reply to us in the next couple of days," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Lieutenant General Tauqir Zia told AFP."We wanted to have a long-term contract with Pybus but now, if he wants to come for short periods, we are willing to have him. We have conveyed to him that we have little time as our training camp has already started so we need a quick reply."Pakistan has been without a coach since Pybus left at the end of the team's May-June tour of England.The home season kicks of with Asian Test Championship games against Bangladesh in Multan from August 29 to September 2 and arch rivals India in Lahore from September 12 to 16, pending the Indian government clearance.Pakistan will then tackle New Zealand in a three-match Test series and as many One-day games in September and October.South Africa-based Pybus, a former English league cricketer, turned down a long-term contract until the 2003 World Cup last month, citing personal commitments."We have asked Pybus to come for the home season and the Sharjah Cup until November 4 and then we have a rest for at least a month and a half. We can talk about another term later," Zia said.Pakistan has a history of team squabbles and sacking coaches, having replaced no less than nine coaches in the last four years.Pybus was sacked mid-way through his first contract in 1999 after Pakistan was routed 3-0 in Australia, and former captain Javed Miandad was dumped after a poor tour of New Zealand earlier this year.Pakistan's efforts to lure Australian Greg Chappell, South Africans Pat Symcox, Barry Richards and Kepler Wessels and Englishman Keith Medlycott have also failed.