Gillespie named Pakistan men’s Test coach, Kirsten named white-ball coach

Gillespie named Pakistan men's Test coach, Kirsten named white-ball coach

Jason Gillespie, the former Australian fast bowler, has been announced as Pakistan’s new Test coach, while former South African batsman Gary Kirsten has been named their white-ball coach. Azhar Mahmood, who had been temporarily appointed for the New Zealand series, will continue as assistant coach in all formats.

The three coaches have been appointed on two-year contracts following a selection process.

The head coaching position had been vacant since Grant Bradburn, who replaced Saqlain Mushtaq last year, resigned in January to join Glamorgan as head coach. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had approached other high-profile names, including Shane Watson, who eventually withdrew from the race.

Kirsten is expected to take charge of the England tour, which will feature a four-match T20I series starting on May 22 in Leeds. The last match of the series will be on May 30 before the team flies to the US and the Caribbean for the T20 World Cup. Gilliespie’s first assignment will be the Bangladesh series in August, which will see a two-Test series.

The announcements were made by PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi at a press conference in Lahore.

“Their stellar backgrounds precede them and I warmly welcome them to the Pakistan cricket family,” Naqvi said of Kirsten and Gillespie.

“Jason’s coaching career has been marked by success both domestically and internationally, with a focus on player development and achieving excellence in team performance. Gary’s coaching career has been marked by his ability to instil a winning mentality, develop young talent and achieve success at the highest levels of the game, making him one of the most respected and sought after cricket coaches.

“In this context, I have full confidence that his experience will guide our players to reach new heights, aligning with their inherent talent and the expectations of our passionate fans. These high-quality appointments also present a notable opportunity for our players to gain knowledge . from these seasoned professionals, refining their skills and strengthening their cricket acumen.

“The PCB is unwavering in its commitment to providing the national team with world-class resources and facilities, fostering a conducive environment to unleash their full potential and consistently deliver stellar performances.”

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