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Pakistan interim coach Mohsin Khan is happy to serve

The caretaker insists he 'does not need any qualification' for the job. Audio interviews with Mohsin

Pakistan’s interim coach Mohsin Khan oversaw the 3-0 Test whitewash over England in the UAE.
Pakistan’s interim coach Mohsin Khan oversaw the 3-0 Test whitewash over England in the UAE.

DUBAI // Mohsin Khan, Pakistan's interim coach, is adamant he does not need any formal coaching qualifications to succeed in the role, saying his vast experience should speak for itself.

The man who oversaw Pakistan's first Test series whitewash over England is expected to be replaced by Dav Whatmore as the national team's head coach at the conclusion of the Twenty20 series in the UAE next week.

Although Mohsin initially took the role four months ago on a caretaker basis, his stock had risen to the point that many observers regarded the Pakistan Cricket Board's subsequent courtship of Whatmore as unnecessary.

Misbah-ul-Haq, the captain, was free in his praise of the coach after the 3-0 Test victory over England, saying Mohsin deserved credit for helping unite the young side.

However, the ensuing loss in the one-day series, which will be a 4-0 clean sweep unless Pakistan avoid defeat in Dubai tonight, appears to have cemented Whatmore's claim to the position.

Reports emerged in Pakistan yesterday that key decision-makers at the PCB are perturbed by Mohsin's lack of official coaching qualifications. Instead they want Whatmore, who has also held coaching positions in Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh, to take over for the next two years.

Mohsin does not agree with the reasoning behind dispensing with his services, pointing to a playing career with comprised 48 Tests and 75 limited-overs games as adequate credentials.

"Any cricketer who has played for his country for nine, 10, 12 years, and played 40, 60, 80, or 100 matches, doesn't need any qualification," Mohsin, 56, said.

Despite his disappointment at apparently being overlooked for the position, which was made vacant in August when Waqar Younis stepped down citing medical reasons, Mohsin says he remains available.

"If my cricket board wants me to do the job, fine, I will definitely do it," he said.

"It is my duty being an ex-Test cricketer, that whenever my services are required for my country and my country's cricket, it should be there, without any hesitation.

"It was there, it is there, and it will be there whenever my cricket board require my services.

"I have been doing this for four months, and [am happy] apart from the previous three one-day matches in which I feel very disappointed because we have not played to our potential."

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Pakistan could have an entirely new coaching staff in place for their next assignment, the Asia Cup in Bangladesh next month.

Julien Fountain, a well travelled fielding specialist, is set to be tasked with improving Pakistan's chronic failings in that discipline.

Aaqib Javed, the bowling coach, is believed to be staying in the Emirates to take over as the coach of the UAE team from Kabir Khan.

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Audio courtesy of Dubai Sports City