The Pakistan Cricket Board has appointed former Australian opener Matthew Hayden and ex South African speedster Vernon Philander as coaches for the upcoming T20 World Cup set to begin from October 17 in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
Ramiz Raja, the newly-elected PCB chairman, announced the coaching panel of the Pakistan national team. Along with Hayden and Philander, there will be a local mentor in the coaching panel. Earlier this month, Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis turned in their resignations and Saqlain Mushtaq and Abdul Razzak were named coaches for the New Zealand series.
Hayden played 273 matches for Australia and smashed 15,066 runs between 1994-2009. Philander donned the South Africa jersey in 101 matches and took 269 wickets between 2011-2020.
PCB chairman Raja said Hayden might not have the experience in coaching but he knows how to win world titles. About Philander, he said he knows Philander very well and his experience of bowling will definitely help Pakistani players.
Raja also made it clear that, along with the appointments of these veterans, there will be also a head coach. Though he didn’t detail the exact role the new coaches will have to fulfil.
Earlier today, Ramiz Raja, a former opener and sometime captain, was elected unopposed as the PCB chairman on a three-year contract. The meeting was conducted by PCB election commissioner Retd. Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed. Raja was nominated by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. Raja has a tough job given that he’s been elected as PCB chairman just before the T20 World Cup.
Raja had previously served as the PCB chairman briefly in 2003-04. He succeeded Ehsan Mani, who was removed from the post earlier in August. Pakistan PM Imran Khan, who is also the patron-in-chief of Pakistan Cricket Board, nominated Raja, a member of Khan’s 1992 World Cup winning team.