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.
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.