Karachi: High-profile international coaches like Mickey Arthur, Dav Whatmore and Peter Moores have emerged as the front-runners to replace Waqar Younis as the Pakistan cricket team coach.
Besides, former assistant coach Aqib Javed, former National Cricket Academy head coach Muddasar Nazar, national team's former coach Haroon Rasheed and even former captain Javed Miandad could also be in the running for the job, if three-member committee, formed by the PCB to find a coach for the national team, decides to go for a local coach.
Sources close to the committee told PTI that it was already split on whether a foreign or a local coach should replace Waqar.
"But the PCB itself is pretty keen on having a foreign coach with a team of Pakistani assistant and specialist coaches. Arthur (South Africa), Whatmore (Australia) and Moores (England) are being eyed for now," a source said.
He also informed that the committee has asked the former Test captain Rameez Raja to contact the shortlisted candidates immediately after the Eid holidays are over.
Rameez played a key role in getting the PCB to sign on former Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer in 2004 to replace Javed Miandad after a home series loss to India.
"Rameez who has been asked to assist the committee that is headed by Intikhab Alam and includes Zaheer Abbas and Colonel Naushad Ali, will soon contact the candidates," the source said.
Arthur remained coach of the South Africa team from 2005 to 2010 and is currently coaching the Western Warriors in South African domestic cricket, while Whatmore had a successful stint with Sri Lanka and also coached Bangladesh before signing up to work at the cricket academy in Bangalore.
Moores succeeded Duncan Fletcher as England's head coach in April 2007 but was removed in 2009 after disputes with the England cricket authorities. He is currently Lancashire's head coach.