PCB removes useless Lawson, likely to appoint Intikhab Alam as new coach

October 25th, 2008 - 11:09 am ICT by ANI  

Lahore , Oct 25 (ANI): The PCB has sacked team coach Geoff Lawson and chief operating officer Shafqat Naghmi. Only a couple of days ago, Board chief Ijaz Butt had described Lawson as a useless coach, and that it was not possible to sack him before his two-year term ends as it would put a huge financial burden on the Board.

Confirming his removal, a PCB spokesman said: Lawson has been given three months pay as compensation.

Now, the PCB is likely to appoint former Test captain Intikhab Alam as the new coach for the one-day series in Abu Dhabi against the West Indies from November 12. I would be willing to consider a coaching position if they approach me, the Daily Times quoted Intikhab, a member of the PCB governing board, as telling reporters.

50-year-old Lawson, a former Australian Test fast bowler, was appointed the national teams coach in July last year after Pakistan s first-round defeat in the World Cup in the West Indies .

On the other hand, Lawson said he was surprised at the decision. I have been told about their decision but there are a few issues to be sorted out, he told reporters.

Calls for Lawsons removal intensified when Pakistan lost to Sri Lanka in the final of the Twenty20 four-nation event in Canada earlier this month.

The Board spokesman also said that the PCB governing board had passed a resolution for Naghmis removal. Naghmi has been informed by the governing board that his services are no longer required, he added. (ANI)

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