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Pakistan to get specialist fielding coach soon

cricket Updated: Jan 01, 2010 16:11 IST

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To bring improvement in the fielding front, the Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to appoint a specialist coach on permanent basis for the national team after the tour of Australia.

PCB chairman Ejaz Butt said on Friday that a decision had been taken to have a permanent fielding coach and the choice could be between a local and foreign candidate.

"Our fielding standards have been reasonably fair in recent times. But there is room for improvement and that is why we have decided to have a permanent coach. We have no problem appointing a foreign coach if he is suitable for the team," Butt said.

The Pakistan cricketers put up inapt fielding display in the first Test against Australia in Melbourne and Butt admitted that allowed the hosts to come out of tight situation in the match.

The board recently appointed former captain Waqar Younis as the bowling and fielding coach of the team for the tour of Australia.

Butt disclosed that Waqar had himself offered to help the team as he lives in Australia and said, "He is a great cricketer and we think his presence in the team will definitely help both the bowlers and the players."