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    Pakistan turn to Pybus to end coaching crisis

    Pakistan ended months of uncertainty on Tuesday by appointing Richard Pybus as their cricket coach, just hours before the team set off for their tour of England.

    Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) director Munawwar Rana told Reuters by phone: ``We reached an agreement last night. He's going to be the coach until the end of the tour.

    ``If it's mutually agreeable, he may continue.''

    Pakistan, who arrive in England on Wednesday for a two-month tour, sacked Javed Miandad as coach at the start of last month.

    They have had nine changes of coach in four years.

    The English-born, South African-based Pybus was one of them, taking over after helping the team reach the final of the 1999 World Cup only to be sacked after three months.

    The only foreigner to coach the Pakistan team, he made his name with South African side Border.

    Rana said: ``He will probably be joining the team in London. He's worked twice before with the team. He knows the players very well.''

    Pakistan looked in disarray last month after sacking Miandad but have succeeded in putting a coaching team together just in time.

    Daryl Foster, the former Western Australia and Kent coach, was appointed as bowling coach last week.

    Pakistan will play two tests in England, the first at Lord's starting on May 17, and take part in a triangular one-day series also involving Australia.

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    This is pathetic, we are now appointing coaches on a tour to tour basis. When will the cricket board learn that a coaching job is a long term commitment and cannot be effective otherwise. Appointment of Pybus on a short or long term basis is a waste of time and money.
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