The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will announce the name of the national team’s head coach on Wednesday, the board has announced.
The PCB said that the name of the national cricket team’s new bowling coach will also be announced the same day.
The announcement of the coaches’ names will be followed by a press conference, it said.
A five-member panel of the cricket board conducted its interview process for the posts of head and bowling coaches last week, after they sent their recommendations to PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani.
Misbah-ul-Haq, Waqar Younis and Mohsin Khan were interviewed on Thursday.
Among the candidates for the post of head coach are Misbah-ul-Haq and Dean Jones. For bowling coach, Waqar Younis, Yasir Arafat and Jalaluddin are in the running while Faisal Iqbal and Mohammad Wasim applied for the post of batting coach.
According to sources, Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis emerged as the top candidates after the interviews.
Apart from all this, 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 Inzamam-ul 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.
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.