Stuart Law refused to accept PCB offer to coach Pakistan
Pakistan’s search for a national coach continued after their first choice candidate, former Australian and Queensland batsman, Stuart Law, turned down the opportunity of coaching the national team. Law is said to have reportedly told Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), that he wouldn’t be able to join the team immediately.
PCB is now left with a choice of either Andy Moles, the former New Zealand and Afghanistan coach or former Australian batsman, Dean Jones, who coached Islamabad United to victory in the first edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL). “Yes there are hurdles in the way of signing on Stuart Law as head coach although he is our first choice for this position,” PCB Chairman, Shehryar Khan told PTI.
“He had applied for a coaching position with us but he has now conveyed he is more interested in a consultant’s position and that he wouldn’t be able to join the team immediately,” Shehryar said.
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Law has already been named as the batting consultant for the Australian national team for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka and apparently informed the PCB about that he would be unavailable for coaching duties during Pakistan’s full series against Australia later this year.
Pakistan are without a coach since the resignation of Waqar Younis – after the team’s poor performance during the 2016 World T20. Shehryar admitted that finding a suitable replacement for Waqar has turned out to be a tedious process. The PCB had enlisted Law as their first choice while keeping Moles as the secondary option. “We are now also talking to Moles and Jones although the BOG (Board of Governors) had some reservations over some candidates,” the PCB chief said.
The PCB is said to have expressed reservations over the appointment of 55-year old Moles – who has a past history of falling out with players during his coaching tenure, spread across various countries. “What is of concern to us is that Moles left or had to leave coaching assignments with Kenya, Scotland, New Zealand and Afghanistan because of disagreements or discord with their boards or players,” a source in the PCB said.
Shehryar also said that negotiations were going on with several prospective candidates and hoped that a final call would be taken in the next couple of days. “We want the new coach to join the team before the tour to England from next month,” he said. “Once the head coach is appointed we will also finalize the rest of the support staff with him,” he added.
Pakistan is scheduled to tour England in July for a full series consisting of four Tests, five One-Day Internationals and a one-off Twenty20 International. The tour begins with the first Test at Lord’s, starting on July 14th.