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PCB’s search for foreign coach hindered by IPL commitments

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IPL commitments keep PCB's foreign coach hunt in a fix

Islamabad, March 24 (IANS) – Pakistan cricket team will be facing the five-match T20I series against New Zealand without a head coach due to the PCB’s unsuccessful attempts to hire a foreign coach, most of whom are committed to the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Sources revealed that PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi’s efforts to bring in a foreign coach have been met with consistent failures. Andy Flower, Simon Katich, Darren Sammy, and Shane Watson have all declined offers, citing their IPL commitments.

Despite pursuing Justin Langer and Mathew Hayden, the PCB is struggling to find a coach willing to take on the role due to IPL commitments. Former Pakitani cricketers have criticized the board’s approach, calling for a review to ensure the team does not suffer in their absence.

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Former cricketer Aaqib Javed stated, “PCB lacks professionalism in the coach selection process. There is a clear difference between standard hiring practices and PCB’s approach.” The current situation leaves the Pakistan team without coaching staff for crucial series against New Zealand and England.

Moin Khan, former Pakistani wicketkeeper, has suggested that the PCB consider local coaches from the national setup instead of pursuing international candidates. He emphasized the need to prioritize coaching development programs for Pakistani cricketers if international standards are a concern.

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