Karachi:Pakistan's former Test captain Intikhab Alam on Saturday claimed he has been offered a two-year contract by the cricket board to coach the team after the sacking of Australian Geoff Lawson.
Intikhab said he was offered a two-year contract by the Chairman of the board Ejaz Butt but a formal announcement of this will be made by the PCB.
"I think they will officially announce it early next month," Intikhab said.
The former all-rounder, who appeared in 47 Tests and four one-day internationals, said Butt had spoken to him about the coaching assignment and discussed the future of the team.
"It is a big challenge and a honour being coach of the national team," Intikhab said.
The 66-year old, who was last made coach in 2000 and was sacked midway during the home series against Sri Lanka, said once the board makes an official announcement he would start unwinding his plans.
The PCB sacked Australian Geoff Lawson as national coach on Friday saying it was not satisfied with his performance. He was released from his contract with three months compensation pay.
Butt, meanwhile, was only willing to confirm that Intikhab would be the coach for the one-day series in Abu Dhabi against the West Indies next month.
"But we are also talking to two or three other candidates for a long term contract," he said.
Intikhab was coach of the Pakistan team that won the 1992 World Cup and he has also coached the Indian Punjab team in their domestic Ranji Trophy tournament for two seasons once taking them to the final.
Here is a timeline of the country's cricket coaches in the last ten years:
Sept 1998: Legendary former captain Javed Miandad takes over from Haroon Rasheed, previously a middle-order batsman.
April 1999: Miandad resigns after falling out with senior players and is replaced by leg-spinner Mushtaq Mohammad for the 1999 World Cup.
Aug 1999: Mushtaq sacked after the World Cup. Wasim Raja, a former top batsman and leg-spinner, steps in.
Nov 1999: English-born Richard Pybus becomes Pakistan's first foreign coach.
Dec 1999: Alam takes over after Pybus is axed following Pakistan's 3-0 rout in a Test series in Australia.
Mar 2000: Miandad replaces Alam after Pakistan lost home series to Sri Lanka.
April 2001: Miandad sacked after Pakistan's tour of New Zealand and is replaced by Pybus.
Sept 2001: Pybus refuses to come to Pakistan for security reasons after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States and Mudassar Nazar takes over.
Sept 2002: Nazar summoned home midway through ICC Champions Trophy in Sri Lanka and Pybus returns for a third stint.
March 2003: Pybus says he does not want to stay on after Pakistan were knocked out in the first round of the World Cup held in South Africa. Miandad returns as coach.
June 2004: Miandad sacked after Pakistan lost one-day and Test series against India at home.
July 2004: Former England batsman Bob Woolmer takes over.
March 2007: Woolmer dies in his Jamaica hotel room hours after Pakistan crash out in the first round of the World Cup in the West Indies.
July 2007: Lawson appointed as coach.
October 2008: Lawson sacked over poor results. Alam appointed for three-day series against West Indies to be played in Abu Dhabi.