Karachi: Pakistan has re-appointed a former Army brigadier as its cricket team manager after the departure of Yawar Saeed on Tuesday, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced Thursday.
A statement said Saeed had asked to step down "due to personal circumstances" and former brigadier Khawaja Mohammad Nasir would be manager for next month's series against Australia. Saeed's departure had been widely predicted following the removal of coach Mudassar Nazar due to the team's recent poor performances. The media held Saeed equally to blame for the squad's rapid plunge in form just three months after beating Australia in Australia. "Saeed recounted the team's recent poor performance and said fitness problems were the main reason behind the team's slump," the cricket board said. Nasir was manager between November 1999 and December 2000. He sparked a controversy when in June 2000 he accused India of being the hub of match-fixing. Meanwhile, pace bowler Mohammad Zahid has been cleared to join the team in Sri Lanka after passing a fitness test. Pakistan meets Australia in Colombo from October 3 in the first of three Tests. The second and third Tests will be played in Sharjah from October 11 to 15 and October 19 to 23. The home series was shifted to neutral venues over security fears.