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PCB chief tasks Wahab Riaz with hiring foreign coaches

Decision comes after Pakistan’s lackluster performance in World Cup
Photo via X/@TheRealPCB/File
Photo via X/@TheRealPCB/File

Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Mohsin Naqvi has tasked chief selector Wahab Riaz with hiring foreign coaches for the national cricket team, sources said on Saturday.

They added that the former cricketer has started approaching the foreign coaches.

The decision from Naqvi, who was elected PCB chief unopposed earlier this month, after Mickey Arthur, Grant Bradburn and Andrew Puttick resigned from their respective positions in January.

In April 2023, Arthur was appointed director of the men’s cricket team while Bradburn was announced head coach of the national men’s side earlier last year. Former South Africa cricketer Puttick had been Pakistan’s batting coach since April 2023.

The development came after a major overhaul in the national cricket team, following Green Shirt’s disastrous performance at the World Cup. The team led by Babar Azam failed to make the semi-finals of the tournament as the team struggled to put up a fight against the top sides of the world.

Azam stepped down as the skipper in all formats of the game after the 50-over tournament and Shaheen Shah Afridi and Shan Masood replaced him as skippers in T20 and Test. Moreover, Mohammad Hafeez in November replaced Arthur to become team director.

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Hafeez was shown the door after the national team’s defeat against Australia in the Test series.

But he claimed that he was promised four years in the role before being released from it only two months after the commencement of his tenure.

“I accepted the new role as a Director PCB with great passion to make positive reforms but unfortunately my designated tenure which was offered by the PCB for 4 years was cut short for 2 months on the account of new chairmanship,” Hafeez wrote on social media platform X.

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