In a change of guard, former Australian cricketer Dean Jones is favourite to be appointed head coach, after the scrapping of ex-mentor Waqar Younis. A PCB official hinted the appointment of the 55-year-old, who earlier coached a franchise team of Pakistan Super League.
The official confirmed that former Pakistani cricketer Mohsin Khan lies out of PCB’s perspective. Earlier it was reported that Mohsin refused to appear before legendry Pakistani players Wasim Akram, Ramiz Raja for an interview for coach’s job.
“Mohsin was keen on becoming head coach but the PCB had offered him the job of the chief selector,” the official said as quoted the Pakistan daily ‘The Express Tribune’. “But Mohsin rejected the offer; therefore, the PCB has decided to appoint him as team manager. The role of chief selector will be given to Iqbal Qasim,” he added.
Jones was appointed the coach of Islamabad United in the PSL. Legendary Pak pacer Wasim Akram, who was associated with the Jones in the Islamabad franchise, showed his agreement with the decision to choose the Australian to coach the national side.
“Wasim has conveyed to the PCB that Jones could be a good choice having worked with him with the Islamabad team and seen his temperament and skills,” expressed the PCB official.
Pakistan’s miserable show in the recently concluded Asia Cup T20 and World T20, led to a resignation by Waqar Younis from the coach’s job. Adding more to their misery, celebrated all-rounder Shahid Afridi stepped down from captaincy.