Watson wants millions as monthly pay for coaching Pakistan

Shane Watson, the illustrious former Australian cricket player, now finds himself at the helm of coaching duties for the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). However, despite keen interest from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to enlist him as the national team’s coach, it appears unlikely due to Watson’s insistence on a substantial salary package.

This financial demand, translating to millions in Pakistani rupees, hints at Watson’s hesitance towards embracing the coaching role, potentially stemming from concerns about prolonged separation from his family. While the PCB is eager to secure Watson’s expertise, the steep salary requirement complicates the prospect of reaching a mutual agreement.

In the midst of this, other contenders for the coaching position emerge, notably Mike Hesson and Daren Sammy. Hesson, currently guiding Islamabad United, and Sammy, leading Peshawar Zalmi, are both in the reckoning.

Although initial discussions with Hesson have commenced, a definitive response is pending as he seeks further deliberation time. Guided by Mohsin Naqvi’s leadership, the PCB remains steadfast in its pursuit of assembling a robust coaching staff for the national cricket squad. Yet, the challenge lies in attracting renowned mentors, many of whom are already committed to various global leagues.

To address the coaching vacancy, particularly in anticipation of the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand on home soil, the PCB explores the option of pairing local coaches with foreign consultants. This strategic approach aims to ensure coaching continuity and expertise while navigating the constraints posed by candidates’ availability and preferences.

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