Pakistan plans to hire two head coaches

In the latest news, Pakistan is mulling over the split captaincy and separate head coaches for Test and limited-overs cricket after their failure to make to the World Cup semi-finals, as reported by news agency PTI.

Pakistan plans to hire two head coaches
Pakistan cricket players during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official added that when the Cricket Committee meets later this month, a strong proposal to split the captaincy and coaching role for the different formats would be the actual conversation.

“Since Pakistan has to play eight Tests of the World Test Championship against Sri Lanka, Australia, Bangladesh and England before the T20 World Cup in Australia next year, the PCB is pretty concerned about how to improve performance of the team in Tests,” the official said on the condition of anonymity.

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“Pakistan will be playing only three ODIs but nine to 10 T20s before the T20 Asia Cup and T20 World Cup next year, prompting PCB to consider separate captains and coaches for red and white-ball cricket,” he added in a statement.

The official also said that PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan came across pace legend Wasim Akram, a member of the Cricket Committee, in London earlier this month. The former skipped advised the MD that the cricket board should retain Sarfaraz Ahmed and Mickey Arthur until the ICC T20 World Cup.

“But the board is now considering the option of having separate captains and head coaches for Test and limited-overs cricket with the support staff i.e manager, bowling coach, batting coach, trainer, fielding coach, physiotherapist remaining the same for all formats.”

Pakistan’s rankings in ODIs are low to their standards as they are ranked sixth. However, they are ranked number one in T20s but as far as Test cricket is concerned, Sarfaraz and Arthur failed to achieve anything commendable in the last two-and-a-half years.

They are ranked seventh in the ICC Test rankings after having lost home series to Sri Lanka, New Zealand before being outsmarted in South Africa in all aspects of the game.

The source in the know of developments said if PCB goes for split captaincy (red ball and white ball skippers) and head coach roles then senior batsmen Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali are leading the race to be the top candidates for the captaincy.

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