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PCB appoints Abdul Raquib as team manager for NZ series

cricket Updated: Oct 23, 2009 18:34 IST

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The Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday appointed former first-class player Abdul Raquib as national team manager for the upcoming series against New Zealand.

Raquib replaced the long serving Yawar Saeed, who refused to continue as manager after differences with captain Younus Khan, who had held Yawar responsible for not co-operating and encouraging groupings within the team.

Although the PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt had asked Yawar to continue as manager for the one-day and the Twenty20 series against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, he refused to carry on after serving in the position for around one year.

The board has also named Asad Mustafa as the assistant manager in place of Shafqat Rana - another official against whom Younus had serious reservations.

Sources said Rana spoilt things for himself by giving a critical statement on Younus and on other team matters after returning from the Champions Trophy in South Africa.

While Raquib has managed Pakistan's junior and 'A' teams in the past, Asad has worked with team as associate manager on different tours but was recently sidelined by the board.

Meanwhile, the PCB has retained Intikhab Alam as coach of the team and also brought back former pacer Aaqib Javed as his deputy.

Pakistan would play a three-match ODI series in Abu Dhabi, commencing from November 3, followed by two T20 matches in Dubai.