LAHORE: The newly formed national selection committee headed by the former captain Moin Khan will meet on Tuesday (today) to start preparations for Pakistan's forthcoming international assignments, which will culminate with the World Cup in 2015. "Our first task is to identify and shortlist around 30 to 35 players who will form the nucleus for our upcoming assignments including the 2015 World Cup," Moin said on Monday. The former wicketkeeper-batsman said that initially the short-listed players would attend a month-long training-conditioning camp in Lahore from May 6.
Senior players like Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan, however, will miss the camp as they have been given permission by the cricket board to play cricket in England. Moin said that with the tour to Sri Lanka due in July-August, the selectors had ample time and opportunity to identify players for all three formats of the game. "Obviously the Tests this year against Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand are important for us but we also have to start identifying players who can serve us best in the 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand," he added.
Meanwhile, the PCB will be mulling over who will be the next head coach and support staff of the national team. The PCB has set a deadline of May 5 for interested candidates to apply for positions of head coach, batting coach, fielding coach, spin consultant and other positions. Pakistan's former captain and coach Waqar Younis is seen as a front runner to once again get the head coach's job but a board official said that the PCB would wait and see who all apply for the different positions. The official confirmed that Pakistan's former off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq had also applied for the position of head coach and also spin consultant.
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