21 Oct 2008

Pakistan will not renew Lawson's contract

5:45 am on 21 October 2008

Pakistan national cricket team coach Geoff Lawson will not be kept on once his contract expires next April.

The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt says they would suffer a big loss if they terminate his contract now as Lawson's reportedly paid about $50,000 a month and has to be given three month's notice,

The former chairman Nasim Ashraf appointed Lawson as coach with a two-year contract last year, but under the Australian's stewardship Pakistan has lost two important Test series, against South Africa at home and against India in India last year.

Pakistan also failed to qualify for the final of the Asia Cup at home in July.

Butt also says the captain Shoaib Malik's performance will be reviewed when his contract ends in December.