The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi made significant changes to the national cricket team and the board’s structure. Sethi hinted that overseas coaches may be hired for the national team. Former fast bowler Wasim Akram believes that the PCB should hire a Pakistani cricketer if foreign coaches are afraid of taking up the job.
Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi was named as the head of the selection committee. The PCB Management Committee believes Mickey Arthur is the best candidate for the position of Pakistan team head coach. According to reports, the PCB has offered him the position until the 2025 Champions Trophy. However, he was not interested in taking up the role.
Contract Will Also End If The Board Changes – Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram has now opened up on the issue of foreign coaches, saying that Pakistani coaches should be hired and supported fully rather than bringing in foreign coaches who may be replaced when the board changes.
“If you had asked me, I would have told you that foreign coaches will not come; everyone is afraid that the contract will also end if the board changes. If you are not getting a foreign coach, get the services of a Pakistan coach,” Akram was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan.
Arthur coached the Pakistan national cricket team from 2016 to 2019. The Ehsan Mani-led PCB management decided not to renew the contracts of Arthur and his support staff after the team finished fifth in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019. During his tenure as coach, Pakistan won the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy in England and climbed to the top of the ICC T20I team rankings.
Head coach Saqlain Mushtaq and bowling coach Shaun Tait’s contracts end in February 2023, and they may not be retained. Derbyshire head coach Mickey Arthur has signed a three-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2025 season. The former head coach of Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka signed a two-year deal with the club in November 2021.