Lawson will remain Pakistan coach: PCB

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Lahore, May 25 (UNI) The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has rubbished reports that Geoff Lawson may not return to resume his coaching assignment with the national cricket team.

''No he is very much the coach and has a two year contract with us. It is not correct that he has problems with his job or we want him out,'' a PCB official told mediapersons yesterday on condition of anonymity.

The reports come in the wake of allegations that the PCB is not happy with the performance or commitment of Lawson who was appointed as coach last August after the tragic death of Bob Woolmer in Jamaica during the 2007 World Cup.

Lawson had much publicised differences with the national selectors and PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf had to intervene to cool things down between the two parties.

The PCB official, however, maintained that the board had decided to give ample time to the Australian to reach the PCB's long-term targets.

''This is an important year for Pakistan cricket with two major tournaments like the Asia Cup and Champions Trophy and also India coming over for a Test series. So basically it will also be a test for the team and their coach,'' he said.

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