PCB hires ex- Australian, S. African cricketers as head coaches

Mohsin Naqvi says Azhar Mahmood will be assistant to work as a bridge between red and white ball teams.

LAHORE: Former South African batsman Gary Kirsten and ex-Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie have been hired as head coaches for Pakistan’s national cricket white balk and red ball head teams.

This was announced by Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Mohsin Naqvi at a press conference held in Lahore. They have been hired for a period of two years.

He said Azhar Mahmood will be the assistant coach for both formats of the game, and will be working as a bridge between the red and white ball teams.

Mr Naqvi added that a coach was also hiring for the women team to bring it at a par with the men’s squad.

Moreover, bids will be invited soon from firms with experience to upgrade stadiums in the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Azhar Mahmood thanked the PCB for reposing trust in him and appointing him as the assistant coach. He said it was for the first time that two coaches are coming from abroad.

In this regard, he said his role would be very important and he would be trying his best to meet the expectations.

Meanwhile, in a statement the PCB said, “Kirsten will take charge immediately after completing his assignment in the Indian Premier League.”

Gillespie would take charge for the ICC World Test Championship fixtures against Bangladesh (at home in August).

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