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Morne Morkel Resigns as Pakistan’s Bowling Coach Following World Cup 2023 Exit

In the aftermath of Pakistan’s disappointing performance in the World Cup 2023, Morne Morkel, the team’s bowling coach, has decided to step down from his position. The former South African fast bowler had signed a six-month contract with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) due to his commitments with various leagues.

Morkel’s tenure as the bowling coach of the Pakistan cricket team saw some notable victories. Under his guidance, the team clinched a 2-0 win in the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka and whitewashed Afghanistan in a one-day international (ODI) series. He also coached the team for the Asia Cup and World Cup.

Despite these successes, Pakistan’s performance in the World Cup 2023 was less than satisfactory, leading to Morkel’s decision to step down. The PCB is expected to announce his replacement soon.

Former cricketer Umar Gul, who has previously served as the team’s bowling coach, is being considered for the role. However, Gul stated that he hasn’t been contacted by the PCB regarding the position. He added that he is ready to represent Pakistan again if given the chance.

Morkel, 38, had an illustrious career as a player, representing South Africa in 318 international matches and claiming a total of 544 wickets. His haul includes 309 Test wickets in 160 innings, 188 in 114 ODIs, and 47 in 44 T20Is.

As Pakistan prepares for a three-match Test against Australia starting next month, the team will undoubtedly feel the absence of Morkel’s expertise. The schedule for the upcoming series is as follows:

  • First Test: December 14-18, Perth Stadium
  • Second Test: December 26-30, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
  • Third Test: January 3-7, Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)
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