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Alam appointed new coach of Pakistan

Alam appointed new coach of Pakistan

Intikhab Alam was appointed as the new coach of Pakistan on Saturday, just a day after the sacking of his predecessor Geoff Lawson, a top official of the Pakistan Cricket Board said Saturday.
"We have appointed Intikhab (Alam) as the coach and he will accompany the team to Abu Dhabi for the three one-day internationals against the West Indies," PCB chairman Ijaz Butt told The Associated Press.
Pakistan will play three ODIs against the West Indies in November. The PCB is also looking for sponsors for two proposed tests against the same opponent just after the one-dayers.
The PCB sacked Australian Lawson on Friday, having to pay him three months salary in advance.
Lawson was hired as coach on a two-year contract by the previous head of the PCB Nasim Ashraf last year. However, the PCB terminated his contract nine months before the contract was due to expire.
Butt said the length of 66-year-old Alam's contract is expected to be decided next week.
"We would like to appoint Alam for a two-year contract, but the final decision will be announced after we take the approval of (PCB's) governing board members," Butt said.
Alam, who was the manager of Pakistan's World Cup winning squad in 1992, looked forward to his new assignment which he described as a "big challenge" for him.
"It's not an easy job and I have taken up this assignment as a big challenge," Alam said.
"Nobody is (player) bigger than the game and instilling discipline among the players will be my priority."
Former test players had advocated the appointment of a Pakistani coach for the national team since Butt was appointed as the PCB chairman earlier this month.
Javed Miandad, Pakistan's highest scorer (8,832 runs) in tests and a former captain, last week advocated a homegrown coach.
"I am against this concept of hiring foreigners for coaching the Pakistan team," said Miandad, who had coached the Pakistan team three times over the last 12 years.
Lawson was the third foreigner after South African Richard Pybus and late Bob Woolmer, who also served as coaches during this period.
Alam played 47 test matches in between 1959-75 and also led Pakistan in 17 tests. He took 125 wickets as leg-spinner at an average of 35.95.


Updated : 2020-11-30 07:26 GMT+08:00