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Darren Sammy Rejects PCB’s Offer to Coach Pakistan Cricket Team

The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) quest to secure a foreign coach for the national men’s cricket team has encountered another hurdle. Darren Sammy, the former captain of the West Indies cricket team, has declined the PCB’s offer to become the head coach of the Pakistan cricket team.

Sammy, who is currently the head coach of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Peshawar Zalmi, has an ongoing contract with the West Indies cricket board. As part of this contract, he serves as the head coach for the West Indies team in One Day Internationals (ODIs) and T20 Internationals (T20Is).

This setback follows the PCB’s unsuccessful attempt to appoint former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson as the head coach of the national team. Watson, who also coaches the Quetta Gladiators, returned to Australia after declining the PCB’s offer.

Sources close to the matter revealed that Watson had engaged in detailed discussions with PCB officials in Karachi during the ongoing PSL. The PCB had proposed the head coach position to him, and Watson initially showed interest, even outlining his conditions for accepting the offer. However, despite a reported offer of $2 million, Watson later declined the offer due to the leak of information about the PCB’s proposed package to the media.

Watson also expressed his commitment to honour his existing coaching and commentary obligations, which include a commentary stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and a role as the head coach of the Major League Cricket team, the San Francisco Unicorns.

With both Sammy and Watson no longer in contention, the PCB is considering an interim arrangement for overseeing the national team during the training camp in Kakul, which runs from March 25 to April 8. This precedes the five-match T20 series against New Zealand, which begins on April 14 in Lahore and Rawalpindi.

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