PCB to hire Australian as fielding coach

Published: Thursday, June 16, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:With fielding remaining a major area of concern for the Pakistan team, the country's cricket authorities are negotiating with a specialist from Australia for taking up the fielding coach's job.

According to Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan, PCB was working towards hiring the services of a foreign fielding coach.

"I have already consulted Bob Woolmer in this regard. We might hire a fielding coach from Australia. He is a specialist trainer of baseball and cricket players. Negotiation with him are at initial stages," he said.

Shaharyar also said the Board had not offered any fresh offers to former captain Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis to coach the players,

"Although the PCB has no plans to extend fresh invitations to Wasim and Waqar to coach players, they would be welcomed if they want to train players at the National Academy," he said.

"In fact, our doors are always open for such players. It would be an honour for the academy if they want to coach the players there," the PCB chief was quoted as saying by local daily 'The News'.

Shaharyar said in the recent meeting of the PCB ad hoc committee it was decided that the coaching system at the academies level should be given a new look.

"The ad hoc committee has deputed Saleem Altaf to prepare a fresh coaching system for the academies and he is supposed to present his report in a month. We want to plan the coaching system on modern lines," he said.

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