Published On: Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
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Pakistan looks for 3 national coaches

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SHARJAH: The Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday set February 6 as the deadline for applicants for the positions of national team head coach, batting coach and fielding coach.

Australia´s Dav Whatmore and Julian Fountain of England quit as head coach and fielding coach respectively after Pakistan won the third test by five wickets in a thrilling run-chase to share the test series against Sri Lanka 1-1.

The Pakistan team doesn´t have a batting coach and the new post has been created by the cricket board.

The PCB said in an advertisement that all the interested candidates should have “at least five years of working experience in their respective cricketing role.”

PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf came under criticism for appointing a foreign coach when he brought in Whatmore for a two-year period in 2012. Ashraf was suspended by a court in Islamabad last year after his re-election as PCB chairman for a period of four years was challenged, but he was restored by a divisional bench last week.

Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal had backed homegrown coaches and last October told a local television sports channel that players´ opinion should be sought before appointing coaches.

Ajmal had to apologize to Whatmore when he said in the same interview that the Australian “doesn´t have the knowhow of our language.”

The PCB also said in the advertisement that the coaches should have the “ability to effectively work with a wide range of individuals from varied backgrounds.”

While Pakistan won the Asia Cup and a one-day series against South Africa, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe during Whatmore´s tenure, it could not win any of the five test series, losing two — against Sri Lanka and South Africa.

It drew the test series against lowly ranked Zimbabwe as well as drawing both its series in the United Arab Emirates against South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Former Pakistan test opener Mohsin Khan was coach when Pakistan whitewashed the then No. 1 ranked England 3-0 in a test series in U.A.E. before Whatmore took over.