Sunday, October 26, 2008

Lawson sacked as Pakistan coach

On the way out: Geoff Lawson has been given the marching orders by the new-look Pakistan board

Geoff Lawson has been removed as Pakistan coach, just days after it was announced that he would see out the rest of his contract, ending in August 2009. The announcement came shortly after a meeting he had with PCB chief Ijaz Butt - responsible for the recent public flip-flops on the coach's future - at which Lawson was told a decision would be conveyed to him by Saturday, following discussions within the board.

He will be paid three months’ salary as agreed in his contract in case of termination. The contract of David Dwyer, the trainer Lawson brought with him, has not been ended though it is understood that he is reluctant to stay without Lawson.

Surprisingly, Lawson is believed to have heard of the decision after it became public. In fact, as news emerged, Lawson was on his way to train with some Pakistan players. Later, he confirmed receiving a letter from the board informing him of the decision.

- Cric Ville -

Sandesh Kumar

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