KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has terminated the contract of national team coach Geoff Lawson.
A PCB spokesperson said on Friday that Australian Lawson had
been released from his contract and given three months' severence pay as
Director Special Projects Saleem Altaf has been appointed as the new Director General of the board with the same powers as PCB COO Shafqat Naghmi, who has also been dismissed.
“The decision to release Lawson and Naghmi was taken by the
chairman,” the spokesperson said. “Lawson has been informed about
Lawson had been hired by the PCB in August 2007 after the
death of Bob Woolmer during the World Cup. His two-year
contract was due to end in 2009.
PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt had said on Monday that Lawson was
“useless” but that he would see out the remainder of his
But Lawson said he had not been informed of his dismissal.
“I have not been told anything even though I had a meeting
with the PCB chairman today,” Lawson said.
The decision to sack Lawson came hours after the Australian
had met with Chairman Ejaz Butt to discuss cricket matters.
“The decision to release Lawson and (chief operating officer
Shafqat) Naghmi was taken by the chairman,” the spokesperson said.
“Lawson has been informed about the decision.”
Former PCB chairman Tauqeer Zia said the abrupt
decision to sack Geoff Lawson would mean no foreigner would be willing
to come to work for Pakistan.
“I think the board should have discussed this at the
governing body level before reaching a decision,” he added.
The board is expected to name former Test captain Intikhab
Alam as temporary coach for the one-day series in Abu Dhabi
against the West Indies from November 12.
“I would be willing to consider a coaching position if they
approach me,” Alam said.
Lawson, who took 180 wickets in 46 Tests, was preferred
over the more experienced Dav Whatmore last year when the PCB
shortlisted three foreign coaches.
Geoff Lawson had been the target of media criticism from day one.