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Sack Waqar, Afridi: PCB’s fact-finding panel

The fact-finding committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board has recommended that head coach Waqar Younis be sacked and the board also appoint a new captain of the national T20 team. Pakistan’s former Test opener, Mohsin Khan, who has served as the chief coach and chief selector of the national team, is being tipped to get a top post in the board soon.

A well-informed source in the board told PTI on Friday that Mohsin has met with chairman Shaharyar Khan this week and expressed his desire to work as chief coach of the national team after Waqar’s exit.

“Mohsin is in line to get a top position once the fact finding committee report is released by the board,” the source said. Mohsin was chief selector some years ago and was then appointed as interim coach. Under him Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and England in Test series. He said that the board was however more keen on appointing Mohsin as chief selector.

“There are other candidates in line to get top positions including former Test captain Moin Khan and former Test pacer Aaqib Javed,” the source added.

The source said Shaharyar and his top aide Najam Sethi were also discussing the possibility of having a foreign coach for the national side.

The source said that the fact-finding committee had nearly finalised its report after going through the reports of manager Intikhab Alam and Waqar and also talking to national T20 captain Shahid Afridi. 

The committee formed after the Asia Cup debacle last month was also given the task of looking into the reasons for the poor performances in the World T20. The source said the committee would also recommend that wicketkeeper Sarfaraz Ahmed be appointed as the new national T20 captain and Afridi be sidelined even as a player.The committee is believed to have come to the conclusion that Afridi and Waqar failed to unite the team and made repeated tactical blunders leading to the defeats. 
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