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Friday, February 16, 2024

PCB removes all coaching staff in massive revamp

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today announced it will be immediately undertaking a robust recruitment process after it decided not to renew the contracts of head coach Mickey Arthur, bowling coach Azhar Mahmood, batting coach Grant Flower and trainer Grant Luden.

The PCB Cricket Committee, which met on Friday, were unanimous in their recommendations for the change. The recommendations were forwarded and discussed with the PCB Chairman, Ehsan Mani.

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The Cricket Committee consists of PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan, former national captain Misbah-ul-Haq, former captain Wasim Akram, former cricketer Urooj Mumtaz, Zakir Khan as well as director international cricket Mudassir Nazar.

As part of the recruitment process, the PCB will now advertise the four available roles and will invite high level applications from interested candidates.

“I am thankful to the PCB Cricket Committee for submitting their recommendations following an exhaustive and detailed review process. The committee comprised of individuals who possess tremendous acumen, experience and knowledge.” Chairman Ehsan Mani said:

“The unanimous recommendation of the Committee was that it was time for new leadership and a fresh approach. I am happy to accept their strong recommendations”.

“On behalf of the PCB, I want to sincerely thank Mickey Arthur, Grant Flower, Grant Luden and Azhar Mahmood for their hard work and unwavering commitment during their tenures with the national men’s team. We wish them every success in their future endeavors.

“The PCB remains committed to its fans and followers and we will do our utmost to ensure that we make decisions that continue to move Pakistan cricket forward in all formats.”

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Local media is rife with reports that Coach Mickey Arthur had recommended that Captain Sarfaraz Ahmad should be removed. It was reported that he was in favor of appointing Babar Azam or Shadab Khan as Captain.

As Chief Selector Inzimam-ul-Haq has already quit his post, it is also being speculated that former Captain and wicketkeeper Rashid Latif might be his replacement.