Last Update on: August 11th, 2023 at 05:46 pm
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced a 16-member support staff for Pakistan’s ODI series against Afghanistan followed by the Asia Cup 2023. The Men’s team will be involved in some serious cricket till the end of the ODI World Cup 2023.
Pakistan will take on Afghanistan in a three-match ODI series in Sri Lanka from 22 to 26 August. They will then play in the Asia Cup 2023 starting on August 30. Pakistan’s first match is against Nepal in Multan on 30 August. The much-awaited India-Pakistan clash in the Asia Cup will be played on September 2 in Pallekele.
Pakistan are placed in Group A along with India and Nepal. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka form Group B. The Asia Cup 2023 will be played in a hybrid model hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Four matches will be played in Pakistan and nine in Sri Lanka with Pakistan being the official hosts of the tournament. The final will be played in Colombo on September 17.
Former India and Pakistan players spoke about the pressure of playing in an India-Pakistan game. Talking to Mayanti Langer for Star Sports, Ravi Shastri, and Wasim Akram shared their opinion on what it takes to perform at the best in these high-voltage games.
“I have seen it from both sides, I have seen it as a player and I have seen it from the dressing room. My advice would be the same. The pressure is all from the outside then it is within the pack. Because you go through airports, and hotels, that you have to win the game,” said Shastri.
It was Wasim Akram who shared his experience of playing India-Pakistan matches and gave his opinion on handling pressure situations.
“It’s only natural. I remember when we played people used to compare Inzamam with Rahul Dravid or Sachin Tendulkar, before that it was Javed Miandad, Sunny Gavaskar, Gundappa Vishwanath, and Zaheer Abbas,” said Wasim.
The teams will assemble in Sri Lanka for the ODI series on August 18. The players will be a part of a three-day coaching camp on August 14, 15, and 16 at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore before the ODI series.
Coaching Staff For Afghanistan ODIs and Asia Cup 2023
Rehan-ul-Haq (team manager), Mickey Arthur (Director – Pakistan men’s team), Grant Bradburn (head coach), Andrew Puttick (batting coach), Morne Morkel (bowling coach), Aftab Khan (fielding coach), Abdul Rehman (assistant coach), Dr Sohail Saleem (team doctor), Drikus Saaiman (strength and conditioning coach), Cliffe Deacon (physiotherapist), Ahsan Iftikhar Nagi (media manager), Lt Col Usman Anwari (Retd) (security manager), Ammar Ahsan (digital content producer, only for Asia Cup), Maqbool Ahmad Babri (psychologist), Talha Ejaz (analyst) and Malang Ali (masseur)