Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja has stated that the current skipper, Babar Azam, wicket-keeper batsman, Mohammad Rizwan, and the interim head coach, Saqlain Mushtaq, have all agreed to the idea of having a foreign coach in the dressing room.
Currently, the apex board has begun its quest to find a coaching staff and is open to options, including foreign ones. Speaking in the ‘New Year Greeting’ video released by the PCB, Ramiz revealed that the foreign coaches would help during away tours.
“I talked to Babar, Saqlain, Rizwan and they opined to integrate foreign coaches in the national team’s dressing room. I firmly believe that you need someone with local knowledge on away tours. But you also need some regular coaches in order to maintain a good environment in net sessions,” Ramiz stated.
In addition, no coaches were appointed for the Bangladesh and West Indies tours and Ramiz revealed why. “I wanted to see how they can stand on their feet with their own thinking. One can’t have any idea of greatness when he can’t grind in the difficult situation without any support,” Ramiz further mentioned.
We don’t want to pressurise Babar – Ramiz Raja
Having taken over in all three formats as the skipper, Babar has formed a great team and has brought Pakistan back to the top level. His own form has been tremendous, at least in the limited-overs formats, but Ramiz indicated there is no need to put too much on Babar’s shoulders.
“I also think that we might not have the capacity to give all the responsibilities to the captain [Babar]. He is a relatively new captain which is why we don’t want to pressurise him,” Ramiz added.
PCB has developed a new role – that of a power-hitter coach in order to boost their white-ball exploits. The last date to submit applications for the roles is January 17, 2022.