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Former Australian batsman Dean Jones might just have revealed that he’s going to be Pakistan’s head coach.
Jones took to social networking platform Twitter to make statement that said alot without saying much.
— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) August 27, 2019
He also asked people form Twitter to guess what the news might be. An overwhelming number of respondents said that he was probably becoming Pakistan’s head coach.
you are becoming head coach of pakistan cricket team
— NABEEL TARIQ (@badmaash007) August 27, 2019
Tell me it's the Pakistani team head coach post. 🤲
— Gul Rehman (@gmthaheem807787) August 27, 2019
The Australian has been coaching the Islamabad United franchise in the Pakistan Super League. The franchise has won the trophy twice under him, more than anyone else.
Jones is known for his signature red tie that he wears to the games in PSL, and carrying a red notebook that he keeps scribbling in throughout the match.
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) March 26, 2018
Jones played 52 Tests for Australia between 1984 and 1992 making 3631 runs at an average of 46.55. He also played 161 One Days between 1984 and 1994 averaging 44.6 and making 6068 runs.
In a famous incident during the Chennai Test in 1986, Jones kept vomitting during his innings due to the hot and humid conditions. When he expressed his desire to go out “retired hurt”, his Captain Allan Border quipped that he could send in someone better instead of him.
A fired up Jones went on to make 210 runs, the brave innings remains the highest score in India by an Australian.
The post of Pakistan Cricket’s National head coach has been vacant since the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided not toe extend contracts to Head coach Mickey Arthur, Batting coach Grant Flower and bowling coach Azhar Mehmood.
The trio had been in charge when Pakistan won the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017. It had been speculated that the three might be asked to continue until next year’s World T20.
Mickey Arthur had responded to the sacking by saying that he was ‘surprised and hurt’ at PCB’s decision.
He added that his wife had left him last year because he was putting all his energies and time into the job.
Since then media reports have been rife with reports that the head coach job was going to former captain Misbah ul Haq.
Misbah is Pakistan’s most successful captain in Tests with 26 wins and only retired in 2017. He is also Pakistan’s longest serving Test Captain having led his side in 56 games. He also holds the record for making most runs as Test Captain.
The speculations had gained strength when Misbah ul Haq had been appointed Camp Commander for the ongoing training and conditioning camp in Pakistan.
However, certain quarters had expressed their reservations about Misbah’s appointment regarding a possible conflict of interest.
These reservations sprouted from the fact that Misbah was member of the cricket committee that decided not to renew Micky Arthur and company’s coaching contract.
However, Misbah announced that he was stepping down from the committee in order to formally apply for the coaching job.
Former Pakistan batsman Ijaz Ahmed has already been appointed Under 19 head coach, so more announcements might be coming soon.