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PCB in Talks with Luke Ronchi for Head Coach Position

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is in the process of finalizing its coaching panel for the national cricket team. In a significant development, the PCB has reached out to Luke Ronchi, the former New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman and current assistant coach of the New Zealand cricket team. Ronchi, who has had the unique experience of representing both Australia and New Zealand in international cricket, is being considered for the position of head coach.

Ronchi has requested some time to consider the offer. This is not the first time that the PCB has approached him for the role. He had previously declined an offer from the PCB, which led to the appointment of Grant Bradburn.

The search for a new head coach comes as the PCB is preparing for a five-match T20I series against the Black Caps, scheduled to start on April 18. The PCB is keen to have a strong coaching panel in place ahead of this important series.

The position of head coach became vacant after a reshuffle within the PCB in November 2023. Mickey Arthur, Grant Bradburn, and Andrew Puttick were transferred to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore. Arthur was subsequently named Director of the Pakistan men’s cricket team, while Bradburn took over as head coach. Puttick, a former South African cricketer, has been serving as the batting coach since April 2023.

Ronchi’s cricketing career is notable for his performances in both international and league cricket. He has played in four Tests, 85 ODIs, and 33 T20Is since making his limited-overs debut for Australia in 2008. In league cricket, he has represented teams like Guyana Amazon Warriors, Islamabad United, Mumbai Indian, and Perth Scorchers.

The PCB’s approach to Ronchi follows refusals from Shane Watson, Mike Hesson, and Darren Sammy to coach the Pakistan team. Watson cited his current coaching and commentary commitments, while Sammy referred to his existing contract with the West Indies board as the head coach of the white-ball teams.

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