Mohammad Hafeez to serve as Pakistan head coach on tour of Australia and New Zealand

Mohammad Hafeez to serve as Pakistan head coach on tour of Australia and New Zealand

Mohammad Hafeez will be Pakistan’s head coach in Australia and New Zealand. Hafeez had also been appointed Pakistan team manager – the position Mickey Arthur held until now – on Wednesday after a reshuffle following Babar Azam’s resignation as Pakistan captain.

ESPNcricinfo understands that PCB will merge the roles of team director and head coach into one, a dual role that the former Pakistan all-rounder will execute over three Test matches in Australia and five T20Is in New Zealand, in December and January.

It is a significant step for Hafeez, 43, who last played for Pakistan two years ago and has no coaching experience so far. But the current administration is understood to view the two separate roles of team manager and head coach as superfluous.

In fact, Pakistan did not have a team manager until earlier this year. Former PCB president Najam Sethi, who had made no secret of his pursuit of Arthur, struck a deal with him whereby Arthur would travel with the team for certain series and tournaments, while maintaining supervision when he could not be with the team under your adress. by Grant Bradburn. When both Arthur and Bradburn were with the team, it was felt that there was no clear difference between their specific jobs, something which has led to the current PCB management to remove the additional role.

The decision caps what has been a remarkably tumultuous 24 hours in Pakistan cricket. Babar resigned as captain of the three formats after he was told that he would be relieved of his duties in the two white-ball formats. While that is a decision the PCB management committee likely lacks the authority to make, Babar’s decision to resign paved the way for the appointment of Shan Masood as Test captain and Shaheen Afridi as T20I captain.
Shortly afterwards, Arthur and Bradburn saw their own roles significantly reduced, and the PCB said they would be “reassigned”, without further clarification. They will not travel with the team to Australia, and although it was initially announced that Hafeez would take over as team manager, there was no word on the head coach or chief selector. The appointment of Hafeez as coach further completes the picture, although the position of chief selector remains vacant, with Wahab Riaz at the helm.

Pakistan leaves for Australia on November 30 and plays a warm-up match against the Prime Minister’s XI at the Manuka Oval from December 6-9. The first test begins in Perth on December 14. After the three tests, the team also plays five. T20I in New Zealand.