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Lawson in line for Pakistan job
Former Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson will fly to Islamabad for an interview.
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2007 12:06 GMT
Geoff Lawson is one of three Australians on a short-list for the Pakistan coaching role [GALLO/GETTY]
Geoff Lawson, former Australian fast bowler, will fly to Pakistan for talks on coaching the troubled national team following the death of former coach Bob Woolmer, a report said on Saturday.
Lawson is one of three on Pakistan's shortlist for the job, along with compatriots Dav Whatmore and former fast bowler Richard Done, the report said.

Former New South Wales and New Zealand coach Steve Rixon has told AFP that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) contacted him about the role but he had already made other plans.

Lawson said he also had been contacted, at short notice, about the job and was trying to obtain a visa from the Pakistan High Commission in Canberra. He was hoping to fly out this weekend "once the paper work has been done".

"It's a significant challenge," Lawson told Saturday's The Australian newspaper about coaching Pakistan.

"They're an underachieving team with plenty of talent.

"I'm flattered I've even been invited I suppose. I certainly haven't been chasing it.

"At short notice they asked me to come to Islamabad for an interview."

Lawson, 49, currently a cricket commentator, claimed 180 wickets in 46 Tests between 1980 and 1989 before finishing his career as NSW state captain and later becoming their coach.

Other candidates

Done replaced Woolmer as the International Cricket Council's high performance manager two and a half years ago, after the South African took up the Pakistan job.

Done played first-class cricket for NSW before beginning a successful coaching career in Australia.

He worked for nine years as senior coach at the Australian Cricket Academy with Rod Marsh in the development of future international players including Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist.

Done, as the fast bowling coach, was responsible for the early development of the current and former Australia pacemen Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee, Michael Kasprowicz and Jason Gillespie.

Whatmore non-commital

Whatmore is aiming to coach a third country after two stints with Sri Lanka and, more recently, four years at the helm of Bangladesh.

Presently in Melbourne with his family, Whatmore remained non-committal about his coaching future.

"I've been reading the developments with interest," Whatmore told the newspaper.

The latest revelations on Pakistan's coaching position come as another Australian, NSW coach and former batsman Trevor Bayliss, was appointed coach of Sri Lanka this week.

Bayliss is the fifth Australian to take charge of Sri Lanka in little more than a decade behind Whatmore, Bruce Yardley, John Dyson and Tom Moody.

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