Morne Morkel resigned as Pakistan fast bowling coach a month before his contract expired.
In a brief statement on Monday, the PCB announced that Morkel had resigned after Pakistan formally exited the ODI World Cup, and that a replacement would be announced “in due course.” No reason was given for the development.
Morkel was appointed in June this year as part of a coaching staff reshuffle, which saw Mickey Arthur return as team manager. Morkel’s first assignment with the team was to Sri Lanka in July for a two-match Test series, which Pakistan won 2-0. A clean sweep of Afghanistan followed in a three-ODI series, played in Sri Lanka, before a disappointing Asia Cup campaign in which Pakistan failed to qualify for the final, and injuries to Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah affected the team. fast bowling department. . Later, Naseem was also ruled out of the World Cup due to a shoulder injury.
In the World Cup, Pakistan started with two wins but quickly lost steam, losing four consecutive matches for the first time in their World Cup history and ending with a limping defeat to England that officially confirmed their exit. They finished fifth for the second consecutive World Cup, winning four games and losing five.
The best period regarding Morkel’s role came during the series against Afghanistan and the early part of the Asia Cup, where he was in charge of three of the best and fittest fast bowlers in the world. Shaheen Afridi, Naseem and Haris were at the top of their game, combining to form a formidable three-man attack, memorably displaying their potential in an ultimately wiped out game against India, where they took all ten wickets after breaking through the Indian peak. order.
Morkel, who is now an Australian citizen, was supposed to be able to continue on Pakistan’s next assignment – a tour of Australia for three Test matches in December and January – but that has now changed.