PCB sacks Mudassar, puts Waqar~~s extension on hold

Published: Sunday, September 15, 2002, 3:39 [IST]
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Rawalpindi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday put on hold a decision to extend the tenure of captain Waqar Younis in the wake of team's recent poor performance and has summoned coach Mudassar Nazar from Sri Lanka. "A high level meeting of the PCB did a post mortem of the team's recent performance and showed concerns of the slump in the form and have asked the coach Nazar to come from Sri Lanka to give a report," a PCB spokesman said. "Nazar would come before Pakistan's match against the Netherlands in the ICC Champions Trophy." Waqar was appointed captain until the on-going ICC (International Cricket Council) Champions Trophy in Sri Lanka but is feared to lose the job after Pakistan fared badly in the Morocco Cup, tri-series in Kenya and the ICC event. Local media tipped former captain Moin Khan and all-rounder Abdul Razzaq as likely replacements while South Africa-based English coach Richard Pybus is likely to regain his lost status as coach. Khan, sacked after Pakistan's series in New Zealand last year, was named in the eight probables, apart from the 14 players currently in Sri Lanka, for the home series against Australia which will be played on neutral grounds in Sri Lanka and Sharjah next month. Pakistan failed to reach the final of the tri-series in Tangiers, Morocco in August and was twice humiliated by world champions Australia in the tri-series in Kenya in August-September. Pakistan also lost its opening game against hosts Sri Lanka in the ICC event on Thursday and is virtually out of contention for a semi-final berth in the event. Pakistan plays Australia in the first Test in Colombo from October 3-7 and the remaining two Tests will be played in Sharjah from October 11-15 and October 19-23. Pakistan was forced to shift the series to neutral venues after Australia refused to come to Pakistan because of security concerns following last year's attacks on the United States and a string of attacks on Western and Christian targets in Pakistan.

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