Islamabad: Former captain and wicketkeeper Moen Khan was chosen as the new coach of Pakistan, while Aamir Sohail was removed as chief selector by the new management committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday.
Sohail was appointed only last week by Zaka Ashraf, who was sacked on Monday as PCB chairman by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who appointed the eight-member management committee. “The record reflects that Mr. Aamir Sohail was never issued a letter of appointment for any post in PCB therefore he holds no post in PCB,” the committee said in a statement.
Khan played for the 1992 World Cup-winning team and recently managed the Pakistan team which drew the test series 1-1 against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates last month. Azhar Khan, a member of the three-man selection committee, will be acting chief selector.
PCB chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed said the committee endorsed Najam Sethi as their chairman during a meeting lasting well over five hours at Gaddafi Stadium.
Ex-Test opener Shoaib Mohammad, son of the great Hanif Mohammad, was appointed as fielding coach while bowling coach Mohammad Akram’s contract was extended for two years. The new coach and fielding coach were recommended by a coach-finding committee which included Intikhab Alam, Javed Miandad and Wasim Akram.
Khan and Mohammad were appointed only for the two major events in Bangladesh – the Asia Cup and World Twenty20 – this month and next, after which Ahmed said their performances will be evaluated. They replace Dav Whatmore and Julian Fountain, who resigned last month at the end of the series against Sri Lanka.
In other administrative decisions, Taffazul Rizvi was restored as PCB legal adviser after he was removed by Ashraf last month.
Zaheer Abbas, a member of the management committee, will also serve as PCB chief cricket consultant and will also accompany the team on tours to assist the batsmen.