PCB prefers local coaches for NCA: official

Published: Tuesday, September 20, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:A senior official of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Monday that it was on the lookout for local coaches to be appointed at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

Dispelling the impression that the board was more interested in hiring coaches from abroad to many of the six positions advertised at the academy, the official said the PCB was looking for local coaches but if they were not available than another option was to look elsewhere.

He was responding to a question about the qualifications asked from prospective candidates in the six positions advertised few days back where the board has asked for Level three and four coaches to apply. The interesting thing is there are no level-four coaches in the country.

But the official insisted the level four qualification was an advantage but not a must."Basically we are looking at two categories of coaches, those who are qualified by way of degrees and those who are former Test players of considerable reputation like Wasim Akram or Waqar Younis but don't have any coaching credentials."

He added: "But let me make it clear we are going for a local coach (s) that is the intent with which we have advertised these positions."

Incidentally, the level-four qualification was made a condition by Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer when he was asked to prepare a draft for the advertisement of the posts but this was later turned into an added qualification by the board.

The board has given until end of this month for prospective candidates to apply for the position of Director NCA, Assistant Director NCA, two batting coaches for senior and junior players and two bowling coaches to be based at the academy.

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