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Pakistan Ropes in Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal as Bowling Coaches

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the appointment of former players Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal as the fast bowling and spin bowling coaches, respectively, for the men’s team. The duo will start their coaching stint with the Test series against Australia, followed by the T20I series against New Zealand.

The PCB has revamped the coaching and management staff of the team after a disappointing performance in the World Cup 2023, where Pakistan failed to qualify for the semi-finals. Mohammad Hafeez has been named as the team director, Wahab Riaz as the chief selector, and Shan Masood and Shaheen Afridi as the Test and T20 captains.

Umar Gul, who retired from all forms of cricket in 2020, has previous coaching experience with the Pakistan team, Quetta Gladiators, and Afghanistan. He was one of the most successful T20 bowlers in the world, taking 85 wickets in 60 matches at an average of 16.97. He also played 47 Tests and 130 ODIs for Pakistan, claiming 163 and 179 wickets, respectively.

Saeed Ajmal, who was the number one ODI bowler in the world in 2011, has also worked as a spin bowling coach with Islamabad United. He was a prolific wicket-taker for Pakistan in all three formats, picking up 447 wickets in 212 matches. He was known for his variations and accuracy, and was instrumental in Pakistan’s triumph in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20.

Both Gul and Ajmal expressed their excitement and gratitude for the opportunity to serve the Pakistan team as coaches. They also vowed to use their expertise and experience to help the bowlers improve their skills and confidence.

The Pakistan team is currently preparing for the Test series against Australia, which will start from 14 December 2023 in Brisbane. The series will consist of three Tests, followed by a five-match T20I series against New Zealand from 12 to 21 January 2024.

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