Sharjah Former Pakistan Test star Aaqib Javed is likely take over as the UAE cricket team's new coach, replacing Kabir Khan, who has resigned from the post to take a similar role with Afghanistan.

Javed is currently the bowling coach of the Pakistan team. Speaking to Gulf News, Dilawar Mani, the chief executive of the Emirates Cricket Board, said: "Following the resignation of Kabir Khan, we have shortlisted a few candidates. We would be more than happy to have Javed as our coach but we have to be sensitive to the fact that he is still holding a post with the Pakistan team."

According to unofficial information from the Pakistan camp, Javed has already submitted his resignation to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). However, an official confirmation from PCB is awaited.

"Once the candidate is finalised and until Javed confirms his willingness to join we would not like to make an official statement. An official press release will follow if any of the candidates shortlisted are finalised," said Mani.