PCB still searching for foreign consultant to assist cricket team

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Lahore, May 12 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has still not given up plans to hire a foreign consultant to assist the team on their forthcoming tour of England.

The PCB had tried to engage a foreign coach after disastrous tour to Australia, but due to the prevailing security situation in the country, the board found it difficult to convince anyone to take up a full-time assignment.

Among those approached were former Australian captain Greg Chappell and Englishman John Emburey, but both of them were reluctant to take up a full-time job which forced the PCB to appoint former captain Waqar Younis as the national team coach on a two-year contract.

Soon after taking the job with the national team, Waqar has given his green signal for the appointment of a foreign consultant.

"We can't disclose things at this stage but yes we are working on this matter and we can only make announcements if something is finalised and not before that," PCB's chief operating officer Wasim Bari said.

Pakistan would embark on a gruelling three-month long tour to England in June where they will play six Tests, five One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 matches against Australia and England, the Daily Times reports.

Bari said the PCB wanted to provide the best support staff to the team in the run-up to next year's World Cup in the sub-continent.

Meanwhile, the PCB also has to decide on the captain of the Test team for the tour, as its present limited overs captain Shahid Afridi has not played a five-day game since 2006. (ANI)

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