Former Australian batsman Dean Jones has confirmed applying for the post of Pakistan cricket coach. Jones hasn't got an official information from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) but he is reported to among the five men shortlisted for the job along with former England all-rounder Dermot Reeve and local applicant Aaqib Javed.
"I believe I am in the last five," Jones was quoted as saying in The Age. "I have always wanted to coach and the opportunity came along so I put my hand up." Pakistan cricket off late has been rocked by terrorism and the spot-fixing scandal. But Jones feels there is a lot of talent in Pakistan and that together they can achieve a lot of things.
"Ultimately it comes down to the defensive part of their game that needs to be worked on, and that just comes down to proper drills and attention to detail," Jones said. "Take out what has happened with the betting scandal, take out the security problems, everyone in the world who knows cricket knows they have always had a wonderful pool of talent.
It's just a matter of getting the culture right, getting them to take ownership of their actions, working together and who knows, they could win a World Cup in three years time."