Moin Khan sacked, Zakir Khan named Pakistan manager for Asia Cup, T20 World Cup

The PCB decision to remove former captain Moin Khan as manager after Pakistan's historic Test win over Sri Lanka last month in Sharjah came as a big surprise.

updated: February 09, 2014 00:06 IST
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Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday appointed its director international cricket operations Zakir Khan as manager of the national team for the forthcoming Asia Cup and Twenty20 World Cup in Bangladesh on the advice of the foreign ministry. A well informed source said that PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf met foreign affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz before going to Singapore for the ICC Executive Board meeting and a decision was taken to send a senior official as manager of the team.

"During that meeting the forthcoming tournaments in Bangladesh were also discussed and in principle the PCB has been told to send its team for both events despite the anti-Pakistan protests in Bangladesh," the source told PTI.

He said the security arrangements for the Pakistan team in Bangladesh also came under discussion and Ashraf was told that it would be better if a senior official of the Board remained with the team as its manager to handle any untoward situation while in Bangladesh. "The feeling was that if a senior official of the Board who was well aware of the correspondence with the ICC, Asian Cricket Council and Bangladesh Board be made manager to handle things better in Bangladesh. That is why it was decided to drop Moin Khan as manager for the coming events," the source said.

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