Moody, Flower or Simmons... WHO WILL BECOME THE NEW PAKISTAN COACH?

The Cricketer runs the rule over who could be considered to replace Mickey Arthur after the decision was taken not to renew his contract

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The axe has dropped on yet another coach following the World Cup, with Mickey Arthur the latest to be handed their P45 following the tournament after being offloaded by Pakistan.

The PCB have plenty of time to consider their options with their T20 and Test series against Australia not scheduled until November and December.

There is also the future of captain Sarfraz Ahmed, whose role as the leader of the team across all three formats is yet to be determined.

But who will be asked to pick up the pieces and be tasked with galvanising a young and talented squad badly in need of direction?

Grant Bradburn

The only remaining senior member of the coaching team following the World Cup post-mortem. The 53-year-old has a contract with the PCB until 2021 and while his colleagues were merely told their deals would not be renewed, the Kiwi has survived the chop.

Though his current role is as fielding coach, he did lead Scotland for four years prior to being head-hunted by Pakistan. That spell included an appearance at the 2015 World Cup and a victory over England in a one-off ODI.

Obviously knows the current group well but is a fresh voice required to unite the squad? After all, it isn't like Pakistan's fielding displays have improved tangibly across the last 11 months.

Phil Simmons

The leading contender to become the new permanent West Indies coach for a second time, but Simmons is overdue a role with one of the elite nations in international cricket. His record with Zimbabwe, Ireland and Afghanistan was remarkable, before his highest profile achievement to date in winning the World T20 in 2016 with the Windies.

Whether he would return when the WI Cricket Board embark on the search for a new permanent coach in September remains to be seen, though the environment behind the scenes has changed vastly since his first spell when Dave Cameron was in the chairman's seat.

Nevertheless, Simmons is a coveted and respected coach even if the manner of his departure from Afghanistan was inauspicious. The Afghan hierarchy played havoc with preparation, leading to his infamous mid-tournament tweet promising to reveal all about the conditions he worked under; hardly a comment which will have impressed potential employers.

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Ottis Gibson has been dismissed by South Africa following the World Cup

Ottis Gibson

The World Cup provided no hiding place for the 50-year-old, with South Africa winning just three of their nine round-robin fixtures, leading to his departure in the wake of the tournament. But the truth is Gibson was swimming against the tide after jumping into the breach following Russell Domingo's exit in 2017. 

Cricket South Africa were relentless in their desire to influence selection which ran up until the start of the World Cup. A new contract until 2021 had also been ratified until another board meeting saw that offer reversed. Attempts for his star players to be rested before the tournament also failed, to cap an ill-fated spell.

Gibson however remains a coveted figure and alongside Arthur is the leading contender to replace England's Trevor Bayliss following the Ashes. His success as a bowling coach would make him a particular attraction for Pakistan with another batch of teenage seamers potentially at his disposal.

Tom Moody

With ample experience of the sub-continent and the challenges posed both in the middle and in the boardroom, the 53-year-old looks like one of the best-equipped coaches for the 1992 World Cup winners. Moody's future with Rangpur Riders is under fresh scrutiny after the Bangladesh Premier League insisted all teams require a new license to compete in next year's competition.

It remains to be seen whether this makes any difference to Moody's desire to stay on as coach, but the prospect of losing marquee signing Shakib Al Hasan at least makes it a possibility. An Indian Premier League winners' medal and spell in the PSL and Big Bash make him primed for the role where the pressure will only ratchet up further.

Reports that he has applied to succeed Ravi Shastri at India might rule him out of the role in the eyes of some ardent Pakistan fans but his treasure chest of experience should make that irrelevant.

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Could Stuart Law consider a return to international cricket?

Mike Hesson

The New Zealander might be subject of a bidding war between India and Pakistan over the coming weeks if local media reports are to be believed. Hesson has been asked to apply for the vacant position by the PCB, while the BCCI are understood to have included the coach on their three-man shortlist.

Leaving Kings XI Punjab, as he did this week, leaves the door open to the 44-year-old taking on one of these prestigious international roles.

The major question over Hesson is his desire to return to the international circuit, having left New Zealand citing the rigours of the sport as among the reasons for his exit. Though he wasted little time getting back on the horse in the IPL there is no certainty he will immediately jump into another international role.

An imperious record with The Black Caps which included 13 straight wins across all three formats makes him a strong candidate. Furthermore, his considered exterior means he would represent a figure of calm amid the hysteria which can often surrounding sub-continent cricket.

Dean Jones

A contender for the role three years ago after Waqar Younis' exit, the Australian could well be enlisted thanks to his knowledge of the Pakistan system. Three years as coach of Islamabad United, which have been punctuated by PSL titles in 2016 and 2018, give him a significant advantage in the race.

The manner in which he has nurtured youngsters at Islamabad has been impressive and his knowledge and experience of the many of the players currently in the set-up gives him a leg-up in the application process. It could be argued that Pakistan's players merely need positioning and tinkering, rather than a complete overhaul and Jones could certainly implement that strategy.

Other than lacking a deluge of coaching experience, Jones' trend of speaking in a provocative tone might put off the PCB, who will want a tranquil transition into the next World Cup cycle.

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Andy Flower has been working with the England Lions

Stuart Law

Arguably, any hope Pakistan have of luring Law into the role could be dead and buried before an approach even begins. The Aussie resigned as West Indies coach last year, citing a heartbreaking tale involving his son which convinced him to remain in England.

Now with Middlesex, Law has signed a four-year deal and though it has been a tricky maiden campaign there is no sign the club are ready for a rethink. But if the 50-year-old does want a return to the international fold, then he would suddenly become a major contender.

Indeed, the PCB have been scuppered before in their pursuit of Law though in the circumstances how long that spell might have lasted is uncertain. 

Andy Flower

Any restructuring of England's coaching setup could yet release Flower into the market. The 51-year-old reportedly has eyes on becoming a freelance T20 coach but could he be tempted into another international role?

His record with England is an imperious one, bar an Ashes whitewash defeat to Australia in 2013-14. Now with the Lions, Flower has rebuilt his reputation though he hasn't operated much outside the walls of the England team.

The Daily Mail believe Flower could make way at the end of this season as a way of cutting costs due to the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough. Pakistan would provide a welcome home but they will need to be convinced he can make a seamless return to the summit of the sport again.

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