DUBAI  - Aaqib Javed, the former Pakistan fast bowler, has signed a three-year contract as head coach of UAE. He is already in the UAE but will start the job full-time from April 1. Javed had emerged as a candidate for the position in February while he was still employed as bowling coach of Pakistan during their series against England in the UAE.

Dilawar Mani, the chief-executive officer of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), said the board wanted to wait till that series was over before announcing Javed as UAE coach.

"The ECB is delighted with Aaqib's acceptance of its offer," Mani said. "He signed a standard contract of three years that can be extended by mutual agreement. An earlier announcement would have been inappropriate due to Aaqib's key role as assistant and bowling coach of Pakistan, and would have caused a distraction from his primary responsibility. "He has played with distinction for Pakistan and performed most commendably as bowling coach. His contribution to Pakistan cricket has been most invaluable."

Javed had been involved in coaching in Pakistan for a decade, having started at the Lahore Regional Academy and then moved on to stints as Pakistan Under-19 coach and head coach at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. He had been involved with the Pakistan national team on-and-off since 2009, with stints as bowling coach as well as assistant coach.

Javed landed in the UAE on Tuesday and observed UAE's match against Scotland in the ICC World Cricket League Championship on Wednesday, in Sharjah. His first assignment will be the Intercontinental Cup tour of the Netherlands in July, followed by the ACC Elite Cup in October. UAE have been training without a coach since Kabir Khan resigned from the job to return to the job of Afghanistan coach, which he held before moving to the UAE. Apart from Kabir, former Pakistan spinner Mushtaq Mohammad, former Sri Lanka fast bowler Champaka Ramanayake and Madan Lal, the former India all-rounder, have coached UAE. Madan Lal took UAE to their only World Cup appearance in 1996.

Javed said his job would include planning the future of UAE cricket in conjunction with the ECB. "I shall dedicate myself to producing results and nurturing the talent in the UAE," Javed said. "I shall work closely with the ECB management to strategise the planning process for the creation of a high-class squad."