Mike Hesson appointed Islamabad United head coach

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Mike Hesson appointed Islamabad United head coach


Islamabad United have appointed former New Zealand coach and Royal Challengers Bangalore director Mike Hesson as their head coach. United praised Hesson’s “exceptional record in international cricket and his reputation for strategic leadership”, and said he would bring “unparalleled excellence and experience” to the team.

United were initially the most successful team in the PSL, winning two of the first three titles with the late Dean Jones as head coach. Since his death, United have changed coaches, including Misbah-ul-Haq, Johan Botha and, most recently, Azhar Mahmood, although a third PSL title has proven elusive; They are the only team not to reach the final since 2018. The 2016 and 2018 champions are understood to have been in talks for some time, with United targeting Hesson as their first choice.

“Mike is very strategic and analytical in his approach, he has demonstrated abilities to create new and modern ways of playing, something his time in New Zealand demonstrates, and he is a great people manager,” United owner Ali Naqvi said. to ESPNcricinfo. “These are all attributes that ISLU has focused on as a team since the first season. In a way, it fits perfectly. This is a great endorsement of the brand and quality of cricket played in PSL and how the professionals in the cricket world watch United. “.

In an official statement, Naqvi said he was “delighted to bring a top-class and globally successful name like Hesson to Islamabad United. His rich coaching history and exceptional work with New Zealand and RCB make him the ideal choice to lead “Hesson’s coaching philosophy aligns closely with Islamabad United’s values ​​and ambitions, and we are confident that his experience will take our team to new heights.”

Hesson said he had heard a lot about the quality of the PSL and was excited to experience it for himself. “I am delighted to be a part of Islamabad United,” Hesson said. “The professional, modern and of the mind The (conscious) approach associated with franchising resonates strongly with me. I am also impressed with United’s strategy based on the principle of the 4 Es: excellence, empowerment, education and environment. “I look forward to working with the talented players and staff to build a successful team and deliver exciting cricket to fans.”

Hesson, 49, was appointed New Zealand head coach in 2012, and enjoyed six highly successful years in the role with the national team. Under Hesson, New Zealand became a dominant force at home and reached their first World Cup final in 2015, when they lost to Australia.
He was appointed director of cricket for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL in 2019, before they parted ways earlier this year.

PSL 2024 is scheduled to begin in February and will last until mid-March.