Mohammad Hafeez to function Pakistan head coach for tour of Australia and NZ

Mohammad Hafeez will function Pakistan’s head coach in Australia and New Zealand. Hafeez had additionally been appointed as Pakistan crew director — the place Mickey Arthur held till now — on Wednesday after a reshuffle adopted Babar Azam’s resignation as Pakistan captain.

ESPNcricinfo understands the PCB will merge the roles of crew director and head coach into one, a twin position the previous Pakistan allrounder will execute for 3 Test matches in Australia and 5 T20Is in New Zealand, in December and January.

It is a major step up for Hafeez, 43, who final performed for Pakistan two years in the past and doesn’t have any teaching expertise till now. But it’s understood the present administration views the 2 separate roles for crew director and head coach as superfluous.

Indeed, Pakistan didn’t have a crew director till earlier this yr. Former PCB chairman Najam Sethi, who had made no secret of his pursuit of Arthur, struck a take care of him that may see Arthur journey with the crew for sure collection and tournaments, whereas sustaining oversight when he couldn’t be with the aspect underneath the stewardship of Grant Bradburn. When each Arthur and Bradburn have been with the aspect, it was felt there was no distinct distinction between their particular jobs, one thing that has prompted the present PCB administration to get rid of the additional position.

The choice caps what have been a remarkably tumultuous 24 hours in Pakistan cricket. Babar resigned as captain from all three codecs after he was advised he could be relieved of his duties within the two white-ball codecs. While that could be a choice the PCB administration committee probably lacks the authority to take, Babar opting to resign paved the way in which for Shan Masood’s appointment as Test captain, and Shaheen Afridi’s as T20I captain.
Soon after, Arthur and Bradburn noticed their very own roles considerably decreased, with the PCB saying they’d be «reassigned», with out additional clarification. They is not going to journey with the crew to Australia, and whereas it was initially introduced that Hafeez would take over as crew director, there was no phrase on the pinnacle coach or the chief selector. Hafeez’s appointment as coach does full the image additional, although the place of chief selector stays vacant, with Wahab Riaz the frontrunner.

Pakistan depart for Australia on November 30, and play a warm-up sport in opposition to the Prime Minister’s XI on the Manuka Oval from December 6 to 9. The first Test begins in Perth on December 14. After the three Tests, the aspect additionally performs 5 T20Is in New Zealand.

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