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Pakistan eyeing fielding coach

Former South African player Jonty Rhodes was among those the Pakistan Cricket Board was looking at ahead of the tour of England.

india Updated: Apr 14, 2006 14:40 IST

Pakistan cricket authorities are looking to hire a specialist fielding coach ahead of the tour of England this summer.

"We have had initial discussions with a few people abroad and they have shown interest in this assignment," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Director Abbas Zaidi told Reuters on Friday.

Former South African player Jonty Rhodes was among those the board was looking at for the position, he said.

"We have to decide on the time period when we want the fielding coach and then confirm dates to those we have spoken too."

While Pakistan enjoyed considerable success in tests and one-day internationals in the last year, including successive test series wins over England, India and Sri Lanka, the board is concerned about general fielding standards.

Pakistan has been coached by fomer England player Bob Woolmer since June 2004 and recently former test captain Waqar Younis joined as a bowling coach.

Zaidi said the board had placed major emphasis on improving fielding standards ahead of the England tour and with an eye on next year's World Cup.

Pakistan plays four tests and five one-day internationals in England on a tour starting June 29.

Zaidi said Woolmer was being consulted about the appointment of a fielding coach.