USD 2 Million Offer Turned Down, ‘Upset’ Shane Watson Refuses To Coach Pakistan Team

Mar18,2024



Pakistan's search for a foreign coach has hit a wall as former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson and former West Indies captain Darren Sammy have bowed out of the race to be the next head coach of the national team. While Sammy turned down the PCB's approach saying he was already contracted with the West Indies board as the head coach of the West Indies white-ball teams, Watson returned home on Saturday night after rejecting the Pakistan board's offer. came back.

An informed source aware of the developments said that senior PCB officials had held detailed talks with Watson in Karachi during the PSL matches and offered him the head coach position.

“Watson had initially expressed interest and had put forward certain financial and other conditions to accept the offer,” the source said.

“But after the board more or less accepted Watson's financial demands, the Australians were not happy that details of the proposed package were leaked to the Pakistan media and social media.”

The Australian then politely turned down the offer, insisting that he had prior commitments as a commentator in the IPL and major USA leagues, plus he wanted to devote more time to his young family in Sydney.

The PCB had reportedly agreed to an annual fee of $2 million for Watson.

The PCB is now expected to make interim arrangements for the national team to oversee the training camp in Kakul from March 25 to April 8 ahead of the home five-match T20 series against New Zealand starting April 14 in Lahore and Rawalpindi.

“A team of local coaches as interim arrangements for the camp and the New Zealand series is now the only available option for the PCB and chairman Mohsin Naqvi will have to take a call after the PSL final on March 18,” the source said.

Naqvi has made it clear that he is keen to appoint foreign coaches for the national team on a long-term basis to cover the World T20 Cup in the West Indies and the US and the Champions Trophy in Pakistan early next year.

The source said that former Pakistan captain Younis Khan, Muhammad Yousuf, Inzamam ul Haq, Moeen Khan are also being considered at present.

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