Monday, June 2, 2008

No plan to fire Lawson for Akram: PCB

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has rubbished reports that it is planning to replace national coach Geoff Lawson with former skipper Wasim Akram, clarifying that Akram has merely been offered the job of bowling coach.

"Yes, we have made an open coaching offer to Wasim to be the bowling coach but this does not mean Lawson is being fired. This is rubbish," PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf said at the conclusion of the specialised fast bowlers camp supervised by Akram in Lahore on Sunday.

The media has speculated that the board is not satisfied with Lawson's performance and will sooner or later replace him with Akram, a popular figure in Pakistan cricket.

But Ashraf insisted that only Akram's bowling expertise had been sought and he has not been offered the national team coach's job.

"We want to utilise his expertise as a fast bowler and that is why we have been trying to have him hold these specialised camps that have produced good results for us," Ashraf said.

Lawson returns today after a long vacation. He will sit down with captain Shoaib Malik and the selectors today to finalise the touring squad for the triangular one-day series in Bangladesh from June 8.