LAHORE - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar M Khan Tuesday revealed that national cricket team’s new head coach will be appointed by the first week of May.

“The new coach will be selected by the first week of May. Wasim Akram is also in India for the Indian Premier League (IPL) to discuss with possible candidates,” Shaharyar said. However, the chairman said that the board had not yet decided whether to appoint a foreign coach or local one.

The PCB has been looking for a new coach since Waqar Younis stepped down after Pakistan’s dismal performance in Asia Cup and World T20. Names of former cricketers Aaqib Javed, Moin Khan, Mohsin Khan and Mudassar Nazar have been circulating in the media for the position of head coach, whereas, the board is said to be eyeing Tom Moody and Dean Jones as possible foreign candidates for the job. Dean Jones also recently coached Islamabad United in Pakistan Super League (PSL). The PCB chief confirmed that Mohsin Khan had been offered the post of chief selector, but he declined in favour of a coaching position. “Mohsin is more inclined towards coaching the national team,” he said.

82-year-old Shaharyar said that the board would now make appointments after giving it proper thought as the national team had tough tours ahead in England and Australia. Shaharyar also said that the new selection committee would be appointed next week after Haroon Rasheed's team was disbanded after a string of poor performances in limited-overs cricket.