Pakistan Cricket Board Refuses, Then Appoints Mushtaq Ahmed as Assistant Coach
Pakistan Cricket Board had quietly released Mushtaq Ahmed as assistant coach when Waqar Younis was head coach and Pakistan had gone to play in the Asia Cup and World T20
PCB appointed Mushtaq Ahmed as Pakistan's assistant coach
PCB earlier told coach Mickey Arthur that Azhar Mahmood would assist him
Mahmood could not be roped in due to his prior commitments with Essex
In another U-turn, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after initially refusing to appoint former Test leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed as an assistant coach for the England tour has now relented after pressure from chief coach Mickey Arthur.
"The board had initially rejected Arthur's recommendation that Mushtaq should be attached as assistant coach with the team for the tour to England and it had told the new coach he will be assisted by former test all-rounder Azhar Mahmood," a well-informed source in the board told PTI.
The source said Azhar was not available for the first part of the tour due to his prior commitments with English county, Surrey. "With Azhar not available for the Tests, the board found itself in a dicey situation with Arthur asking as to who would be assisting him as the team leaves for England around June 17th," the source said.
He said with time running out the board has finally decided to allow Mushtaq to go with the team to England.
"Initially, the board had explained to Arthur they couldn't release Mushtaq since he was now working as head coach at the NCA in Lahore."
Ironically, the PCB had released Mushtaq quietly as assistant coach when Waqar Younis was head coach and Pakistan had gone to play in the Asia Cup and World T20.
The source said the board had also accepted Arthur's recommendation to hire former Australian wicketkeeper Steve Rixon as fielding coach of the team with Zimbabwe's Grant Ludon now working as trainer.
Rixon was assistant coach of the Australian team until January 2014 when Darren Lehmann opted for his own hand-picked support staff.
The source said another important decision which the board has taken is to appoint a public relations firm in the United Kingdom for the duration of the Pakistan team's tour.
"The public relations firm will be responsible for working with the Pakistan team management in England and will ensure that a positive image of Pakistan cricket is built throughout the tour," the source added.
The board had earlier tried to appoint a foreign media professional to work as media manager of the Pakistan team in England but failed to convince two candidates to accept the assignment.