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PCB Appoints Gary Kirsten and Jason Gillespie as New Coaches for National Team

In an effort to strengthen the coaching team of Pakistan's national cricket, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has chosen to enlist the expertise of two distinguished personalities from the global cricket community. South Africa’s Gary Kirsten and Australia’s Jason Gillespie have been chosen to take on the roles of white-ball and red-ball coaches respectively.

Gary Kirsten, a name synonymous with South African cricket, will be at the helm of the T20 and ODI teams. Kirsten’s vast experience and proven track record in coaching are expected to bring a fresh perspective and strategic depth to Pakistan’s white-ball cricket.

On the other hand, Jason Gillespie, a former Australian pacer known for his aggressive bowling, has been selected as the red-ball coach. Gillespie’s appointment is seen as a strategic move to strengthen Pakistan’s performance in Test cricket, also known as red-ball cricket.

The PCB shared that these appointments are part of a broader plan to enhance the performance of the national side. The official announcement will be made once all formalities are completed. The PCB had advertised these posts on its website and had been accepting applications until April 15.

This decision comes just before the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand, which is scheduled to start from April 18. The series will be a crucial test for the new coaching staff and the team.

The next major challenge for the Pakistan cricket team under the new coaching regime will be the T20 World Cup. The tournament is set to take place in the United States and West Indies in June.

The coaching positions for the national team became vacant after Mickey Arthur, Grant Bradburn, and Andrew Puttick were transferred to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore. This followed a change in their portfolios in November 2023, which was part of a broader change in the PCB setup.

Arthur, who was named Director of the Pakistan men’s cricket team in April 2023, had previously served as the head coach. Bradburn, who was brought in as the head coach of the national men’s side last year, and Puttick, a former South African cricketer who worked as a batting coach since April 2023, left their respective positions in January this year.

In addition to these appointments, the PCB has also announced a position for the assistant head coach. The advertisement stated that candidates can apply for the post until April 20. The assistant coach should have a minimum level II coaching accreditation and three years of experience with an international team, franchise, or domestic team.

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