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PCB denies Chappell's coaching offer claim

The PCB is yet to make a move as far as a new national coach is concerned.

February 10, 2010, 6:07 PM IST
PCB denies Chappell's coaching offer claim

Karachi: Former Australia Test cricketer Greg Chappell has confirmed he was approached by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) with a coaching offer even as the board's chief operating officer denied the claim.

Chappell, a former India coach, Wednesday said he declined the offer because of his commitment with Cricket Australia adding he has no interest in being an international coach.

Chappell is currently the head coach at Australia's Centre of Excellence and chairman of the National Youth Selection Panel.

Chappell said he received a call from Wasim Bari, PCB's chief operating officer, after Pakistan's disastrous tour of Australia that concluded recently.

"Wasim Bari rang me yesterday. I was honoured and flattered by the approach but I have declined the invitation," Chappell said.

"I have no ambition to coach at the international level again and I am committed to my role with CA as Head Coach at the Centre of Excellence and Chairman of our National Youth Selection Panel," he said.

However, Bari claimed that the PCB is yet to make a move as far as a new coach for the national team is concerned.

Bari told 'The News' Wednesday that the PCB will only take some concrete decisions once a six-man inquiry committee appointed to investigate the reasons behind Pakistan's poor performance completes its task by the end of this month.

"It's not about sacking somebody or the other," Bari said. "What we want is to find solutions for the sake of our cricket and for our team. What we want is to find the right men for the right jobs and once we do that some decisions would definitely be taken."

"We will begin our inquiry soon and hope to complete it by the end of this month," he said.

"We would want to hear out the coach and captain and begin the proceedings without any preconceived ideas. We want to first find out where the actual fault lies and only then will we be able to find some solutions.

"It's all about finding the right coach. He could be from Pakistan or abroad. Personally, I believe that our team is capable of doing better. What we lack at the moment is in-depth planning. We just want to win on talent alone and you can't get consistent results with such an approach."

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