Pak to appoint Ijaz Ahmad as fielding coach

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Lahore, Nov 6 (UNI) The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is all set to name former batsman Ijaz Ahmad as fielding coach of the national squad before the home Test series against arch-rivals India starting January next year.

Ijaz, who is likely to be given a two-year tenure, had himself expressed interest in assuming the position.

''He is very keen to do this assignment and will probably be given a two-year contract after the One-day series against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi later this month,'' sources said.

The new PCB management under chairman Ejaz Butt has made wholesale changes since assuming power. They have already appointed former Test captain Intikhab Alam as the coach of the national side after sacking previous coach Geoff Lawson. Former fast bowler Aaqib Javed has been named as deputy coach for a two-year term.

The PCB is also expected to name the support staff of the national team after the Abu Dhabi series when the governing body of the board meets later this month to take some important decisions and ratify those already taken by the new chairman.

''Indications are that the PCB will also attach a batting coach, probably Shoaib Mohammad,'' the sources added.

An indication of the impending appointment of Ahmed has come after PCB directed the present fielding coach of the Pakistan, Mohtasham Rasheed to report back to his duties at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) here.

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