Shane Watson Undecided On Pakistan Coaching Role Despite PCB Accepting Fees Demands: Report

Mar14,2024



Former Australian all-rounder, Shane Watson, who is in line to become the head coach of the Pakistan cricket team, is yet to make up his mind despite the PCB accepting his remuneration demands. According to board sources, Watson has demanded $ 2 million annually i.e. about Rs 46 million per month, which is the highest fee ever given to a foreign coach. Pakistan's former overseas coaches such as Richard Pybus, Bob Woolmer, Geoff Lawson, Dave Whatmore, Grant Bradburn and Mickey Arthur were paid much less than Watson demanded.

“He has a young family in Australia and also has commitments in the USA Major League. Therefore, he is considering his options as the board wants him to spend more time in Pakistan to help them discover and nurture talent at the domestic level.

He admitted that due to frequent changes in the PCB and coaching staff, it was taking time for Watson to sign the contract.

Watson is, currently, coaching the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and has no prior experience of coaching an international team, although he has served in coaching roles in the Indian Premier League (IPL) , It was created by PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi. It is clear that he wants a foreign coaching set-up to run the team with the full support of the board.

Despite being appointed interior minister, Naqvi has also indicated that he has no intention of leaving his post on the board and will do both the jobs simultaneously.

However, this would not be the first time that an official who heads the PCB has also held a position in the government, and the source said the International Cricket Council (ICC) has no objection to Naqvi taking up the dual role.

Naqvi has already appointed six bureaucrats from the Punjab government to serve on the board on deputation and has also announced that he will not take any salary as interior minister.

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