WC 2003 - PCB expects Latif-Sohail-Miandad trio to click

Published: Thursday, March 20, 2003, 0:06 [IST]
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Islamabad: In an expected shake-up following the team's first-round exit from the World Cup, Pakistan cricket captain Waqar Younis was on Wednesday sacked and replaced with wicket-keeper Rashid Latif while former skipper Javed Miandad was brought back for his third stint as coach. In a major revamp of the team, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) also named Yousuf Youhana as the vice-captain for the upcoming tri-nation series in Sharjah next month. Youhana replaces Inzamam-ul Haq who had quit from the post after the World Cup debacle.There were changes in the Selection Committee also with another former captain Aamir Sohail being appointed the new chief selector in place of Wasim Bari who had requested to be relieved from his post, a PCB release said. Sohail would head a new committee comprising Shafiq Ahmad, Salim Yousuf, Farrukh Zaman and Shoaib Mohammad.The changes were widely expected after Pakistan made an early exit in its worst performance in a World Cup since 1975.Latif, 34, returns as captain after more than four years. He had an earlier stint at the helm in 1997-98. Latif, a veteran of 34 Tests and 149 One-dayers, was expected to retire after this World Cup but put off his plans after getting a wind of his new post. Like Latif, Miandad also returns to a familiar territory. Miandad was coach of the team in 1998 and 2000 before being forced to quit due to rebellion from players over sharing the prize money. He replaces South Africa-based Englishman Richard Pybus who quit after the team's ouster from the World Cup.Latif will be Pakistan's seventh captain in the last five years. Miandad will be the 11th coach in the same period. Highly upset with the team's performance in South Africa, Miandad had expressed his desire to meet Pakistan President Gen Pervez Musharraf to discuss the restructuring of the game in the country."The combination of chief selector, captain, and coach is an ideal one as they are on the same wavelength," the PCB release said."They have worked together in the past and enjoy a healthy relationship. This understanding will further assist them in preparing a Pakistan team of the discipline, character, and strength." Former cricketer Haroon Rashid was appointed as the new manager of the team to replace Shahryar Khan.The team for the tournament in Sharjah, where Sri Lanka and South Africa are the other two teams, would be announced in the next few days.The changes came close on the heels of Musharraf giving an indefinite extension to PCB chief Lt Gen Tauqir Zia, ignoring all demands to sack him. PTI

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