Karachi: Pakistan on Tuesday sacked team manager Yawar Saeed and summoned him home from Sri Lanka, where Pakistan start a Test series against Australia next month.
"We have summoned Saeed back from Sri Lanka and will announce a new manager shortly," a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesman said. He declined to give reasons for the sacking, which follows last week's removal of coach Mudassar Nazar over the team's recent poor performance and lack of discipline. The Pakistani media has criticised Saeed, 72, who was once a pace bowler for English county Somerset, and held him equally at fault. Saeed was appointed manager for the first time in 1984 and has held the post on several occasions. Former captain Intikhab Alam and former managers Brigadier Khawaja Muhammad Nasir and Faqir Aizazuddin are under consideration for the post. But Nasir is thought likely to get the nod as he held the job two years ago. Pakistan plays Australia in Colombo from October 3 in the first of three Tests. The remaining two will be played in Sharjah from October 11-15 and from October 19-23.
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