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After Shane Watson, Daren Sammy Opts Out Of Pakistan's Head Coach Race

Darren Sammy rejects Pakistan's head coach job offer (X.com)Darren Sammy rejects Pakistan's head coach job offer (X.com)

In another disappointing news for Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), top candidate for Pakistan's head coach’s role, Daren Sammy, declined an offer, citing prior commitments with West Indies cricket.

PCB’s hunt for a foreign head coach hit a roadblock when former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson withdrew from the race at the last moment, citing prior commentary and coaching commitments.

Shane Watson was allegedly offered $2 million to join effective immediately. But he refused to dump his commentary project in the IPL at short notice. 

Meanwhile, after Shane Watson left the country last week, PCB reportedly approached Peshawar Zalmi head coach Daren Sammy. The former West Indies all-rounder led Zalmi to PSL playoffs this year and was touted as one of the frontrunners for the race to become Pakistan's senior team head coach.

However, in what turned out to be a false hope, Sammy also declined alleged offers, citing prior commitments.

In a recent press conference after Peshawar Zalmi’s exit from PSL season 9, Sammy affirmed that he is committed to serving West Indies cricket in the near future. He does not intend to consider any other stints for time being.

Notably, the all-rounder has an existing contract with Windies Cricket to serve as head coach to West Indies white ball teams. With the T20 World Cup in sight, Daren Sammy aims to lead West Indies to a successful tournament. 

That being said, PCB is likely to appoint interim management with the New Zealand series around the corner. They are short on time to sign a full-time head coach for the upcoming series. But hopefully, Mohsin Naqvi-led PCB management will be able to bring stability before the T20 World Cup approaches in June this year.