Babar Azam, Saqlain Mushtaq recommend foreign coaches

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Rameez Raja has said that captain Babar Azam and interim head coach Saqlain Mushtaq have recommended foreign coaches for the national team. Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan is also in favor of bringing in specialists from abroad. “During my discussions with Babar, Rizwan and later Saqlain, they all said that it would be better to have foreign coaches in the national team’s dressing room,” the former Test captain said.

Raja brought in Australian Matthew Hayden and South Africa’s Vernon Philander as batting and bowling consultants for the T20 World Cup, where the team lost in the semi-finals to eventual champions Australia after being unbeaten in the Super 12 stage.

Raja said that his idea, which he conveyed to all three, was that more local coaches should accompany the team on away tours to give them a chance to gain experience and experience.

“My thinking is also that you only need regular coaches if you want the best dressing room environment and I think we already have that in our team.”

He also revealed that he intentionally did not appoint a full support staff of technical coaches for the Bangladesh tour and the home series against West Indies as he wanted to see the team stand on its feet with its vision.

“I believe that a player achieves greatness in a team only when he has to work hard in tough conditions to perform without any support.”

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The PCB has already advertised for the position of five coaches, including a power-hitting batting coach and head coach of the High Performance Centre, a position left vacant following the resignation of New Zealand’s Grant Bradburn.

After Raja took over as PCB chairman, Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis, the head coach of the Pakistan team since late 2019, resigned abruptly after returning from the West Indies tour and just before the T20 World Cup.

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