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PCB Launches Hunt for New Red and White-Ball Head Coaches

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has officially opened applications for head coach positions for the national cricket team’s red and white-ball formats. This move comes after the departure of Mickey Arthur, Grant Bradburn, and Andrew Puttick after the ICC 2023 World Cup, who were reassigned within the PCB’s National Cricket Academy in November 2023 and vacated their positions in January 2024.

PCB’s Criteria for Head Coach Applicants

Aspiring candidates are required to have a Level III Cricket Coaching Accreditation and a minimum of five years of coaching experience at both international and domestic levels. The deadline for application submissions is set for April 15, 5 pm.

High-Profile Rejections and Considerations

The PCB’s quest for a new head coach has seen them approach several renowned former cricketers. Darren Sammy, currently the head coach for PSL team Peshawar Zalmi and the West Indies ODI and T20I teams, declined the offer due to his existing commitments. Similarly, Shane Watson turned down the role after a media leak regarding the PCB’s offer and cited his ongoing coaching and commentary roles, including his IPL commentary stint and head coach position for the Major League Cricket team, San Francisco Unicorns.

Luke Ronchi, the former New Zealand cricketer, has been approached by the PCB and is currently considering the opportunity. Additionally, the PCB is reportedly in discussions with Gary Kirsten and Justin Langer, among other foreign coaches, for the head coach role.

PCB’s Innovative Approach to Coaching

In a notable shift from traditional practices, the PCB is considering appointing separate coaches for the red and white-ball teams. This innovative approach aims to provide specialized coaching support tailored to each format’s unique demands.

The PCB’s initiative aims to strengthen the coaching structure of the national team and bring in fresh perspectives to enhance performance in both formats. The new appointments will be crucial as Pakistan prepares for upcoming international fixtures and aims to build a robust team for future tournaments.

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