Recently, the PCB merged Director and Head coach roles after Pakistan’s exit from the knockout stages of the World Cup 2023.
Following this loss, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), started implementing many changes. These changes include starting from the change in captaincy to the head coach for the team.
Earlier, former Pakistan test skipper, Mohammad Hafeez was appointed as the new director for the Pakistan cricket team.
Previously, the PCB secured Mickey Arthur’s position as a team director. Soon, the PCB started reshuffling the members following the severe defeat in CWC 2023.
The PCB wanted to mark a new beginning after the World Cup 2023. This included changing the captaincy as well as the foreign coaches. Pakistani cricketers after delivering a disheartening performance, forced the PCB to take this decision.
Additionally, the PCB selected Mohammad Hafeez as the Head coach for the upcoming series against Australia and New Zealand.
For the first time, the PCB merged director and Head Coach roles. The main intention of the PCB included transforming the Pakistan Cricket Team to the best possible extent.
Unlike, Babar Azam’s captaincy across all formats, the PCB has decided to appoint different captains for diverse formats.
Also, it is a new change in the system to alter the Pakistan team ahead of the upcoming grand tournaments.
Crucial Reasons Why PCB Merged Director and Head Coach Roles?
The former all-rounder was a part of the winning team in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 finals against their arch-rivals India. This made Mohammad Hafeez the perfect fit for this dual role as a Team Director and Head coach.
Interestingly, the PCB chairman invited Mohammad Hafeez ahead of the World Cup 2023 to have a crucial discussion. This invitation required Mohammad Hafeez to suggest any changes for the squads before the commencement of World Cup 2023.
Moreover, Hafeez and Misbah-Ul-Haq had few other options and suggested some changes.
But, these changes were rejected by former chief selector Inzamum-ul-Haq and Pakistan’s previous skipper Babar Azam. Both of them were keen on maintaining the same players in the squad. This completely backfired Pakistan during the World Cup 2023.
The PCB has made alterations to the Pakistan coaching staff. These coaches will be working in the National Cricket Academy.
Whereas, the PCB will declare the new coaching staff for the upcoming series against Australia and New Zealand.
Also, another reason why PCB merged the director and head coach roles is to eradicate the distinction and mark their similarities.
Previously, Grant Bradburn – the Pakistan Head Coach for World Cup 2023, failed miserably at this tournament. The PCB wanted the Pakistan cricket team to perform well under a well-talented retired Pakistani. Cricketer.
Though Mohammad Hafeez does not have any coaching experience, it will be a new challenge to secure Pakistan Cricket’s reputation.
After the flop performance of Pakistani cricketers, it is the first time that a board has recruited a director for the national cricket team.
PCB Merged Director and Head Coach Roles: Mohammad Hafeez expresses his opinion
After spending 18 years as an International cricketer, Mohammad Hafeez announced his retirement the previous year.
The 43-year-old Mohammad Hafeez shares his excitement upon playing the dual roles for the welfare of the Pakistan cricket team.
The former cricketer, delighted and thankful, expresses his gratefulness to the PCB for assigning a huge responsibility.
Mohammad Hafeez promises to reshape the Pakistan cricket team. Moreover, Hafeez states that the PCB has trusted his abilities to provide this most challenging responsibility of his career.
Moreover, Hafeez commits to work together with the coaching staff and team players, which results in the success of the Pakistan cricket team.
Mohammad Hafeez as a director and head coach, assures to bring happiness for all Pakistan cricket fans.
PCB Merged Director and Head Coach Roles: Concluding Facts
Overall, the PCB disappointed with the selection committee has decided to implement major changes.
The Pakistan cricket team had a slight chance of qualifying for the World Cup 2023 knockouts. The rare chances of depending upon the net run rate and the results of opposition teams have kept Pakistan’s hopes of qualifying for semis under threat throughout the tournament.
The PCB expects Pakistan to qualify for the upcoming tournaments’ knockout stages in clear conditions without any obstacles, unlike the World Cup 2023.
Moreover, Pakistan is hosting the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2025. As the hosts, the Pakistan cricket team aims to deliver their best performance against the competing visitors.
According to the latest news, Pakistan’s former cricketer Shahid Afridi will be joining the selection committee. Furthermore, Younis Khan has a higher chance of being appointed as the Pakistan team’s batting coach.
The resignation from these posts marks a different beginning for the Pakistan Cricket Team post the World Cup 2023:
- Andrew Puttick’s resignation as the batting coach.
- Grant Bradburn’s resigning as the head coach.
- Mickey Arthur resigning as Pakistan team’s director
- Morne Morkel’s resignation as the bowling coach, with one month left to complete his 6-month contract.
- Babar Azam’s resignation as Pakistan skipper across all formats.