Shaun Tait
Shaun Tait (Image Credit: Twitter)

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has named former Australia pacer Shaun Tait as fast bowling coach for 12 months. Former Pakistan batter Mohammad Yousuf was appointed batting coach of the Pakistan cricket team just for the Australia series.

Saqlain Mushtaq, who was appointed as interim coach for the T20 World Cup, will continue in the role for another 12 months. Just like Yousuf, Abdul Majeed has also been appointed as the fielding coach for the Australia series.

Saqlain Mushtaq
Saqlain Mushtaq (Image: Cricket Pakistan)

Shaun Tait and Mohammad Yousuf were added to PCB’s squad

Saqlain was given charge of the Pakistan team after Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis resigned from the roles just two months before the T20 World Cup in UAE.

PCB had roped in former Australian batter Matthew Hayden and former South African pacer Vernon Philander in the consultant roles for the showpiece event.

Shaun Tait was the only coach to get through PCB’s hiring process

PCB had advertised for the vacancy of five posts – national high performance, batting, bowling, power-hitting and fielding – in December last year and the deadline for application was set till late January.

According to a report by ESPNCricinfo, Tait is the only one who was hired through advertisement; the other appointments were made on the basis of internal arrangements.

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Shaun Tait, ODI World Cup
Shaun Tait (Image Credit: Twitter)

The PCB promoted coaches from the high-performance centre to the national set-up on an interim basis.

The report also mentioned that there were at least 12 applications for the various coaching roles overall but only the ones for the bowling coach’s role were shortlisted and interviewed.

It is said that Saqlain, whose contract as interim coach was only up to the Bangladesh tour, had submitted his resignation. But PCB chairman Ramiz Raja coaxed him to continue in the role for one more year.

Pakistan national team support staff: Mansoor Rana (manager), Saqlain Mushtaq (head coach), Shahid Aslam (assistant to head coach), Mohammad Yousuf (batting coach), Shaun Tait (bowling coach), Cliffe Deacon (physiotherapist), Drikus Saaiman (trainer/strength and conditioning coach), Abdul Majeed (fielding coach)

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