Sports: Pakistan's Cricket Coach Sacked

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Lawson's time is over.It's now time for a new search.Pakistan's National Cricket team coach Geoff Lawson has been sacked from his post by The Pakistan Cricket Board just 15 months after the former Australia paceman took the job.

New PCB chairman Ijaz Butt earlier this week revealed Lawson’s contract would not be renewed when it expired in April 2009.The 50-year-old Lawson was appointed Pakistan coach in July last year after Pakistan's first-round defeat in the World Cup in the Caribbean in March.However, he claimed Lawson could not be instantly removed for financial reasons, but the coach has now been given three months' severance pay.Lawson has endured a testy relationship with the local media and had been widely criticised by former players over his management regime and lack of results.

Former coach and legendary ex-captain Javed Miandad is widely tipped as a leading candidate to succeed Lawson, according to several PCB sources, but there was no immediate confirmation.Lawson took 180 wickets in 46 Tests and 88 in 79 one-day internationals for Australia between 1980-89. He had no experience as an international coach but had coached the New South Wales team in Australia.Lawson succeeded former England batsman Bob Woolmer, who was found dead in his hotel room in Jamaica in March 2007 just a day after Pakistan's upset defeat at the hands of Ireland in the cricket World Cup.

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