Gary Kirsten, a former South African batter, has emerged as the leading candidate for the position of Pakistan’s head coach.
Kirsten, along with former Australia batter Simon Katich and former England cricketer Peter Moores, is said to be in the running for the position.
Misbah ul Haq, the head coach, and bowling coach Waqar Younis stepped down from their respective positions last month, just before the ICC T20 World Cup.
The newly-appointed Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ramiz Raja did not hold high regard for the duo as experts, and it was speculated that as soon as the cricketer-turned-commentator assumed control of the PCB, he would fire them.
The PCB then appointed former spin bowler Saqlain Mushtaq as interim head coach, while Australian legend Mathew Hayden and former South Africa bowler Vernon Philander were named batting and bowling consultants for the T20 World Cup, respectively.
According to reports, Raja prefers that the new head coach be a foreigner.
Kirsten previously served as India’s head coach from 2008 to 2011, during which time the country won the World Cup.
He also played a key role in the team’s ascension to the top of the Test rankings and the team’s victory in the New Zealand Test series.
Since then, he has coached South Africa, the Hobart Hurricanes of the Big Bash League, and the Royal Challengers Bangalore of the Indian Premier League (IPL) (RCB).
Meanwhile, Katich coached the Royal Challengers Bangalore during the first leg of the IPL but did not return for the second leg. He has also been an assistant coach for the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Moores, on the other hand, has coached the England team twice and has recently signed a three-year contract with Nottinghamshire.
Following the conclusion of the ongoing ICC T2o World Cup, the PCB will hire a new head coach.