Lawson, Dwyer to return after vacation: PCB

The PCB has played down speculation surrounding the abrupt departure of the national team coach and trainer for Australia on Monday morning.

updated: September 13, 2008 18:07 IST
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Playing down speculation surrounding the abrupt departure of the national team coach and trainer for Australia on Monday morning, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said there was no need to creat fuss as the duo would return after a "10-day vacation".

"I don't know why so much fuss is created over Lawson going home on a holiday. The two have gone on a 10-days vacation and will return to take up their assignments by the 17th," Mansoor Suhail the media director of the Cricket Board said.

He said Lawson and Dwyer had agreed that in case the Board was able to arrange an international series for the national team they would return to Pakistan immediately to join the team.

But despite Suhail's explanation the speculation have refused to die down mainly because Lawson had taken two weeks holidays just last month when he went to Australia and New Zealand with the ICC task team.

In May, also he took a month long vacation.

Former Test captain Moin Khan said it was strange that a foreign coach hired on a lucrative fee was being allowed so many holidays instead of his expertise being utilised properly.

Suhail said the Board had given permission to Lawson and Dwyer as there was no international or domestic cricket being played in Pakistan due to holy month of Ramazan.

But cricket circles have questioned why the Board couldn't use Lawson and Dwyer to work with players in the National Academy to brush them up.

In Pakistan, the President of the country is by default the chief patron of the Board and directly appoints the Chairman and other key officials in the board.

New President-elect Asif Zardari is expected to announce a new cricket set up shortly after taking oath this week following the resignation of Nasim Ashraf as Chairman last month following the exit of former President Pervez Musharraf.

Speculations are rife that Lawson could have decided to return home and would adopt a wait and see policy to see how changes are made in the Board.

The media has reported that the new set-up in the board might go for a complete shakeup in the national team and management positions.

Lawson himself recently said in an interview that he had no insecurities about his coaching job following Ashraf's resignation and he would continue to work with the national team as he saw it as a big challenge.

He also spoke about the fact that he was not short of other options and if need arose he would review his contract with the PCB.