Miandad, Intikhab blast PCB over coach ad issue

Published: Friday, April 27, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:Stung by PCB's website advertisement inviting applications from interested candidates to coach the Pakistani team, former captains Javed Miandad and Intikhab Alam said they would not stand in the queue but lauded the BCCI for adopting a methodical approach to choose India's new coach.

Both Miandad and Intikhab were being touted as the two possible candidates for national teams coach but embarrassed by the Pakistan Cricket Board's decision to advertise for the high profile post, they have decided not to apply for the job.

However, Intikhab and Miandad praised the methodical approach adopted by the BCCI to select a new Team India coach.

''The BCCI has made a fair decision of forming a technical committee to search for the new coach and I believe it is a respectable way of doing things,'' said Intikhab.

Talking to Dawn, Intikhab said the coachs job was a purely technical one and not an ordinary post and as such to hire a coach through advertisement was a bit of a joke.

''It is not a post like that of chief executive or a director or general manager but a totally specialised one and there is no chance that I would stand in a queue to offer my services for the job,'' said Intikhab, the coach-cum-manager of Pakistans World Cup winning squad in 1992.

There were reports that PCB is still keen on hiring a foreign coach although late Bob Woolmer's long association with the team could not do any wonders.

''The PCB should have an efficient database of the experienced candidates in the country for the coaching job and they should be approached according to their credentials,'' said Intikhab.

Echoing Intikhabs views, former caoch and skipper Javed Miandad said placing the ad on the website highlighted the casual approach of the Board officials.

''PCB is the headquarter of cricket but people working in it do not know how to run the game,'' said Miandad, who was appointed as Pakistan coach after Waqar Younis men failed to qualify for the Super Six stage of 2003 World Cup.

''Since the PCBs only major criterion for the job is first class cricket experience, there will be at least a thousand applicants for the job I should imagine,'' said Miandad.

''And I wonder how the board intends to judge their credentials.'' ''People related to cricket are well aware about the right credentials of the cricketers and officials who qualify for coachs job.''

''There is no need to go on the website, it would only create a mess. Soon after the World Cup debacle, there were some caricatures of PCB officials in national dailies which showed their desperate attempt to find a new captain through ads. This week, the PCB has done exactly that with the coachs post,'' said Miandad.

''Under such circumstances, I am not willing to offer my services to the board, not at any cost,'' he added.

''The BCCI has the wisdom of dealing with such the same case cannot be said for our board,'' lamented Miandad.


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