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PCB Targets Kirsten and Langer for Head Coach Position

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is reportedly considering hiring renowned cricket figures Gary Kirsten from South Africa or Justin Langer from Australia for the position of head coach. Both Kirsten and Langer have impressive coaching records, with Kirsten having previously coached the Indian team and Langer having served as Australia’s coach.

The PCB is eager to secure a long-term contract for the new coach as it continues its search to fill the vacant position of Pakistan’s head coach. This position has been empty since the dismissal of Grant Bradburn following a disappointing ODI World Cup campaign last year. In the interim, former all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez temporarily stepped in, serving as both team director and head coach during Pakistan’s tours of Australia and New Zealand. However, Hafeez stepped down from the post last month, leaving the PCB in need of a suitable replacement.

Initially, the PCB entered into discussions with former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson for the head coach’s role. However, these negotiations fell through, with PCB chief Mohsin Naqvi citing media leaks as a contributing factor to Watson’s decision not to accept the offer. “We were also in talks with Shane Watson, and one reason for him not accepting the offer was because so many things leaked out in the media, most of which were not correct,” Naqvi revealed.

In addition to Kirsten and Langer, the PCB is reportedly considering Mike Hesson, Matthew Hayden, Eoin Morgan, and Phil Simmons. While former PCB chief Zaka Ashraf advocated for local coaches, Naqvi has expressed a preference for a foreign coach. However, the PCB faces challenges in persuading overseas candidates due to concerns about the treatment of past coaches, both foreign and local. “It is because of the PCB’s poor track record in appointing and sacking coaches — foreign and local — in the past that others are now very reluctant to accept any offer from the PCB,” a board official acknowledged.

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