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PCB may hire American fielding coach

The Pak board is contemplating the name of an American fielding coach ahead of Jonty Rhodes for the team's series against England.

india Updated: Feb 26, 2006 13:52 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Pakistan Cricket Board is contemplating the name of an American fielding coach ahead of former South African fielding great Jonty Rhodes for the national team's series against England.

Mike Young, a former baseball player, coach and manager, is presently working as a consultant with the New Zealand team on three-week contract after being credited to produce good results with the World Champions Australia in the recent VB series.

"The feedback about Young is that he is an excellent coach and has produced good results with the Australians and New Zealanders. Young has recently gained praise for his work with the Australians during the VB Series," a PCB source was quoted as saying by The News.

PCB's ad-hoc committee last week decided to hire a fielding coach for Pakistan team and captain Inzamam-ul Haq suggested that he should be hired three to four weeks before the England tour in mid June.

The committee had sounded off the name of Rhodes but, sources said, the Board had been told to check up on Young who also work's with Australian cricket.

"Basically the Board wanted to hire someone who could start reinforcing some fundamental parts of the trade for the Pakistani players instead of trying to reinvent things. First and foremost in the list of priorities was the players' attitude towards fielding," the source said.

The Board has said the fielding coach would not travel with the team and will work with the players in their training camp prior to a tour.

First Published: Feb 26, 2006 13:52 IST