Former Pakistan cricketer Mohsin Khan is the front-runner for the position of chief selector for the Pakistan Cricket team as reported by the Press Trust of India. The position was vacated by legendary former batsman Inzamamul Haq, after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided against renewing his contract which ended in July.
The report also suggested that former captain Misbahul Haq and legendary former fast-bowler Waqar Younis were the favourites for the positions of head coach and bowling coach respectively.
According to details, a source in the PCB revealed that the five-member panel, which was interviewing the candidates, is close to making its final decision.
“They will now have deliberations on finalising their recommendations and it appears as if Misbah is a favourite to be named head coach with Waqar as the bowling coach,” the source said.
The source suggested that Mohsin Khan is expected to be given major responsibilities in the new cricket setup.
“Mohsin who has remained a chief selector and interim head coach in the past was invited by the board to give an interview to the panel which indicates he will be given some major responsibility next week,” the source said. “The fact that Mohsin was called all the way to Lahore and the fact that he stepped down from the cricket committee after an understanding with the board means he will get some responsibility.”
The source further clarified that the PCB had come to an agreement with Misbah after speculations hinted at an impasse between the two parties with regards to the terms and salary of the position.
“I don’t think Misbah would have applied if he had not reached an understanding over his terms and conditions for the job with the board,” the source concluded.
Senior Bureaucrat Naveed Akram Cheema has emerged as the top contender to take over as the new Pakistan team’s manager.
According to sources, two former Pakistan cricketers were also vying for the aforementioned role. However, the board is in favour of appointing Cheema because of his reputation of being extremely strict on discipline, as they want to avoid any untoward incident with the Pakistan team.
Cheema has previously served as the manager of the Men in Green on two separate occasions. He is likely to be handed over the responsibility for the Sri Lanka series, after the approval of Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB’s) chairman Ehsan Mani.
On the other hand, former Pakistan cricketer Mansoor Rana is also expected to join the Pakistan team as an assistant to Cheema. He will also act as a batting coach for the side as he is currently working in a similar role at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore.
Rana is also assisting the former Pakistan skipper Misbahul Haq in the ongoing pre-season camp of the Men in Green.
The PCB is expected to announce the coaching and management staff of the Pakistan team in the next two days.