Karachi: Former Test opener Mudassar Nazar was appointed coach of the Pakistan cricket team on Thursday after Englishman Richard Pybus quit over security fears, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said.
| Nazar has been appointed coach until the tour of Bangladesh in January 2002 while another former Test player Sikander Bakht will be his deputy, the PCB announced. The new coach has pledged to end the team's reputation for inconsistency and made clear he wants the job on a long-term basis. Pybus, who is based in South Africa, refused on Tuesday to join the teams training camp, which starts next week, citing security fears in the wake of the US-led air strikes on neighbouring Afghanistan. Pybus was hired for a fourth time in July this year and his short-term contract was due to expire in November after the Sharjah tri-series. Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe will feature in the Limited Overs competition, which starts on October 26. Nazar, who played 76 Tests and 122 One-day Internationals from 1977-1989, said, "It is a big challenge for me because Pakistan is regarded as brilliant but inconsistent which I would like to change to brilliant only." Nazar said he would like his term to extend until the 2003 World Cup. "Of course, I would like my consent in the selection as well as a long-term contract, possibly until the 2003 World Cup because you cant do much in a short time," he told AFP. Pakistan has had nine changes of coach in the last four years, most of them sacked after poor performances. Nazar was sacked after Pakistan's tours of South Africa and West Indies in 1993-94 season. Four Pakistani players current captain Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram, Mushtaq Ahmed and Aqib Javed were arrested on charges of possessing drugs and smoking marijuana during that tour of West Indies. |