The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will be making a decision on the position of head coach of the Pakistan cricket team for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup within the next three days. If reports are to be believed, former Pakistan cricketer Saqlain Mushtaq is likely to be named the head coach of the squad.
Mushtaq currently serves as the Head of International Player Development at the National High Performance Centre. He had a meeting with the PCB chairperson Ramiz Raja a day ago. Earlier Ramiz Raja informed that a local will be appointed as the head coach of the Pakistan team.
The decision comes into light as the posts of permanent coaches are lying vacant after Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younus stepped down from their respective roles as coaches. They left the role after reportedly developing differences with the board management last month.
Following this huge shift in the management, the PCB chairman named former Australia opener Matthew Hayden and former South Africa seamer Vernon Philander as consultant coaches for the upcoming T20 World Cup in the UAE. They have been batting and bowling consultants for the national side.
According to a report by PCB, the Pakistan team management is set to make the official announcement after getting approval from PCB chief Ramiz Raja. Mushtaq will be joining Matthew Hayden and Vernon Philander in the coaching staff.
Saqlain Mushtaq is a veteran of 48 Tests and 169 ODIs. He has 208 Test wickets and 288 ODI wickets under his belt and was among the most feared bowlers during his prime days. After his retirement from all forms of cricket, the off-spinner became an active coach and served many teams. He has garnered rich coaching experience over the years. He has also worked with England, West Indies, and New Zealand teams as a spin bowling coach/consultant. His inclusion in the coaching staff of Pakistan would give a major boost to the team.
Pakistan team will start their T20 World Cup campaign against arch-rivals India on October 24.