Apr 152013
 

PCB denied media reports of approaching Grant Flower to take up the position of Pakistan’s batting coach

PCB denies reports of eyeing Grant Flower as batting coach (© AP)

Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has dismissed reports that it was in talks with former Zimbabwean batsman Grant Flower to appoint him as batting coach of the national team.

According to a senior PCB official, there were no negotiations in progress with Flower as reported by the media, adding that he is not under consideration for the position of Pakistan’s batting coach or consultant, The Nation reports.

The official further said that the board is in the process of short-listing some viable candidates, adding that they have received a good number of applications when they advertised for the position of batting coach and consultant.

According to PCB chairman Mohammad Zaka Ashraf, the batting coach, whether a foreigner or a local, has to be someone who has played modern day cricket and is fit enough to train with the players.

The report further said that although the board had approached former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq to take over as batting consultant of the national team last year before the team went to India for the one-day series, however, talks between the board and Inzamam fell through over the contractual details including the fees to be paid to him. Flower, who played 66 Tests and 221 ODIs, is the brother of Andy Flower, the report added.

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