The Pakistan Cricket Board have roped in former cricketers Matthew Hayden and Vernon Philander as batting and bowling coach respectively for the upcoming T20 World Cup. New PCB Chief Ramiz Raja confirmed their appointment in a press conference. The global T20 tournament kicks off in the UAE from October 17 and the final will be played on November 14.
Hayden and Philander will be taking over from the pair of Misbah ul Haq and Waqar Younis, who resigned from their posts one month ahead of the tournament. The senior duo announced of them stepping down hours after the Pakistan squad for the event was announced.
“The Australian can bring some aggression into the team. He has experience of World Cups and was a world-class player himself. Having an Australian in the dressing room will be of great benefit for us” Ramiz Raja said on Matthew Hayden.
“I know Vernon, and he has some phenomenal performances against leading teams, including Australia. I hope the two will help Pakistan cricket in performing at their best during the T20 World Cup,” said Raja, PCB chairman.
Pakistan Assign New Coaches Ahead Of T20 World Cup 2021
The developments are massive in the context of Pakistan cricket and the resignation of the two coaches ahead of the T20 World Cup.
Ramiz Raja officially took over from Ehsan Mani as PCB’s 30th chairman on Monday. He is the third international cricketer to hold the post.
Last week, the PCB announced that Misbah and Waqar have resigned and that former Pakistan Test players, Saqlain Mushtaq and Abdul Razzaq would be interim coaches for the time being.
Pakistan Squad For T20 World Cup 2021
Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Azam Khan, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim , Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood.
Pakistan’s Schedule For T20 World Cup 2021
India vs Pakistan 7:30 pm Dubai, October 24
Pakistan vs New Zealand 7:30 pm Sharjah, October 26
Afghanistan vs Pakistan – 7:30 pm Dubai, October 29
Pakistan vs Runner Up of Group A (A2) – 7:30 pm Abu Dhabi, November
Pakistan vs Winner of Group B (B1) – 7:30 pm Sharjah, November 7