LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board has sacked the national cricket teamís coach Geoff Lawson here on Friday.

The former Australian pace-man had assumed the position of coach just 15 months before, the board's spokesman said.

"Geoff Lawson has been sacked. He has been given three months' severance pay," PCB spokesman Raza Rashid told media.

The move comes just three days after new PCB chairman Ijaz Butt said that Lawson's contract would not be renewed next year, on the grounds that Pakistan
had "no utility" for him.

The 50-year-old Lawson was appointed Pakistan coach in July last year after Pakistan's first-round defeat in the World Cup in the Caribbean in March.

Calls for his removal intensified when Pakistan lost to Sri Lanka in the final of the Twenty20 four-nation event in Canada earlier this month.

Butt had said that Lawson could not be instantly removed for financial reasons.

Lawson took 180 wickets in 46 Tests and 88 in 79 one-day internationals for Australia between 1980-89. He had no experience as an international coach but
had coached the New South Wales team in Australia.

Pakistan have had 11 different coaches in the past 10 years, with three stints each for Miandad and Richard Pybus, Pakistan's first foreign coach.

Lawson succeeded former England batsman Bob Woolmer, who was found dead in
his hotel room in Jamaica in March 2007 just a day after Pakistan's upset defeat at the hands of Ireland in the cricket World Cup.

Pakistan must now look for a new coach before a Test series against India at home in January-February next year.

Former coach and legendary ex-captain Javed Miandad is widely tipped as a leading candidate to succeed Lawson, according to several PCB sources, but there was no immediate confirmation.