Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Tuesday that David Hemp, the head coach of Pakistan Women, will not renew his two-year agreement in October. Hemp claimed that he made the “difficult decision” to devote more time to his young family. He served as the women’s team’s second foreign coach.
“I have enjoyed living in Pakistan and working with the women cricketers, but it has also been difficult on me and my young family as I have been unable to spend enough time with them like any other father,” Hemp said in a statement issued by PCB.
“After consulting my family, I have conveyed this difficult decision to the Pakistan Cricket Board, which has very graciously understood my situation and accepted my decision.
Iqbal Imam, who was hired in an interim position following Mark Coles’ departure in October 2019, had been replaced by Hemp in 2020. The Women’s World Cup earlier this year, and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham last month were all under his watchful eye. He also took in his hands the Women’s World Cup Qualifier last year.
Pakistan failed to go past the group stages in both the World Cup and the Commonwealth Games. They did manage to snap a losing skid of 18 games when they defeated West Indies by eight wickets in New Zealand. Another benefit of Hemp’s presidency has been the ascent of young Fatima Sana.
More recently, Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka 3-0 at home in the T20I series prior to the Commonwealth Games. They won the ODI series 2-1. The ODI series against Ireland at home in November is their next task. It will be a part of the ICC Women’s Championship.
Tania Mallick, PCB head of the women’s wing, paid tribute to Hemp by saying, “It is sad to lose someone of David’s calibre, enthusiasm and strong work ethics, but at the same, we also understand and accept that family has to come first. The PCB thanks David for all his efforts and contributions, and wishes him the best of luck in his future endeavours.”
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