Pakistan team on special search ahead of T20 World Cup, decision could be made soon

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The T20 World Cup is scheduled to be organized in June this year. Due to this tournament, all teams are focusing heavily on the T20 format. The Pakistan cricket team also takes part in this tournament. Under the leadership of new chairman Mohsin Naqvi, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has begun preparations for the World Cup in the USA and West Indies. The board is now considering appointing foreign coaches and support staff for this tournament. An informed board source provided this information.

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Regarding the new President of Pakistan, the source said that Mohsin Naqvi is interested in exploring the coaching options available to Pakistan and is willing to appoint foreign coaches and support staff. Naqvi has already asked the chief selector, Wahab Riaz, to speak to some of the available options and shortlisted candidates, knowing that Mickey Arthur, Grant Bradburn and Andrew Puttick were not considered due to the foreign coaches. Cannot show interest in joining Pakistan team. After the World Cup he was removed from his position and his contract was terminated.

Naqvi was appointed PCB chief for a three-year term earlier this month. The source said Wahab, who has worked as his sports advisor in the Punjab government and is very close to the chairman, has been entrusted with the task of conducting preliminary interviews with potential candidates. The PCB recently removed Muhammad Hafeez from the post of team director despite the former Test captain being assured by former chief executive Zaka Ashraf that he would be given a three-year contract.

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The coaching staff can change

The future of other coaches including Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal are also in jeopardy as they were hired by Hafeez. The source said Naqvi was also not convinced that Shaheen Shah Afridi was the best choice to lead the T20 team and had rated Mohammad Rizwan as a better option to captain in both white-ball formats. The source said there is no doubt that Shaheen’s performance as Pakistan Super League captain is under scrutiny.

(PTI inputs)

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