Shane Watson Withdraws Candidacy for Pakistan’s Limited-Overs Head Coach Role

Shane Watson, Pakistan head coach, withdrawal

Shane Watson has decided to withdraw from consideration for the role of Pakistan’s limited-overs head coach, despite being the preferred candidate of the PCB. This decision comes after initial excitement and negotiations surrounding an attractive salary package offered by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Initially expressing interest in the position and awaiting a formal agreement, Watson had outlined specific conditions for accepting the role, including a substantial remuneration. However, despite the PCB meeting his terms with an annual salary of $2 million, equivalent to PKR 4.6 crore per month, Watson has had a change of heart.

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Sources close to Watson revealed that while he was seriously considering the offer, he has chosen to maintain his current coaching and commentary commitments for now. This includes coaching the Quetta Gladiators in PSL 9, fulfilling commentary duties for the IPL, and serving as the head coach for Major League Cricket’s San Francisco Unicorns.

Citing family commitments and residing in Sydney, Watson expressed his inability to commit to Pakistan year-round, preferring to be available for specific series and tours. This decision has left Pakistan without a head coach for the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand, as well as subsequent matches against England and the T20 World Cup.

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