PCB to ap­point bat­ting coach af­ter In­dia tour

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KARACHI

As the search for Pak­istan's bat­ting coach con­tin­ues, the Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) has said that it will not be hir­ing a bat­ting coach un­til af­ter the na­tional team's tour of In­dia, ac­cord­ing to re­ports in the me­dia.

Pak­istan will tour In­dia with­out a bat­ting coach and the ap­point­ment will be made be­fore the tour to South Africa in Jan­uary. Pak­istan's re­cent bat­ting fail­ures at the World Twenty20 tour­na­ment have forced the coun­try's cricket board to search for a full-time bat­ting coach.

"The board will not be send­ing a bat­ting coach to In­dia and it has been de­cided to make the ap­point­ment for the South Africa tour that be­gins in the third week of Jan­uary," a source was quoted as say­ing by the Press Trust of In­dia (PTI).

"The se­lec­tion process for a bat­ting coach is go­ing to take time be­cause we have re­ceived CVs of some very strong can­di­dates even from abroad and within the coun­try," the source added. Sev­eral former Pak­istan play­ers such as Za­heer Ab­bas, Saleem Ma­lik and In­za­mam ul Haq have of­fered their ser­vices as bat­ting coach.

How­ever, the source dis­missed their el­i­gi­b­lity for the post, say­ing they did not have the re­quired ex­pe­ri­ence.

"In­za­mam, Za­heer and Salim Ma­lik might be greats but they are not qual­i­fied coaches," the source said. How­ever, Nadeem Sar­war, the me­dia man­ager of the PCB, said while talk­ing to Dawn.com that no de­ci­sion had been taken about when the ap­point­ment of the bat­ting coach will be fi­nalised.

Dav What­more is cur­rently the head coach of Pak­istan with Mo­ham­mad Akram as the bowl­ing coach.

Mean­while, PCB Chair­man Zaka Ashraf is in­ter­ested in bring­ing former fast bowler Waqar You­nis to the na­tional cricket setup and get him in­volved with the Na­tional Cricket Academy (NCA).

" In­for­mal dis­cus­sions have been held on this sub­ject when Waqar re­cently came down to La­hore to at­tend a meet­ing on how to im­prove domestic cricket and the pro­duc­tiv­ity of the Na­tional Cricket Academy," a source said. " The chair­man is im­pressed by Waqar's back­ground as a former player, cap­tain and coach and feels he can con­trib­ute a lot to the ef­forts to mod­ernise and in­tro­duce spe­cial­i­sa­tion in Pak­istan cricket at the domestic level."

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