The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is reportedly appointing former head coach of the Pakistan team, Mickey Arthur, as the consultant team director. Arthur is expected to bring his vast coaching experience to the team in this new role. The move is seen as a bid to strengthen Pakistan’s cricket setup ahead of major tournaments. Arthur previously coached the Pakistan team from 2016 to 2019, leading them to the Champions Trophy title in 2017.
Grant Bradburn is expected to take up the role of head coach for the Pakistan team, while Morne Morkel, the former South African fast bowler, is set to join as the bowling coach. Andrew Puttick is also expected to come on board as the batting coach. The appointments are aimed at strengthening Pakistan’s cricket setup ahead of important tournaments. Bradburn has previously coached Scotland and New Zealand’s domestic teams, while Morkel brings his vast experience as a fast bowler to the team. Puttick, a former South African cricketer, has coaching experience in South Africa and England.
The newly appointed coaching panel, including head coach Grant Bradburn, bowling coach Morne Morkel, and batting coach Andrew Puttick, is expected to join the Pakistan team before their home series against New Zealand. The series, featuring five T20 Internationals and as many ODI matches, is set to begin on April 14. The coaches will have a short time to work with the team before the start of the series, but their experience is expected to bring a positive impact to the team’s performance.
The Pakistan cricket team already has two foreign coaches working with them – physio Cliffe Deacon and strength and conditioning coach Drikus Saaiman. They are currently part of the team’s coaching setup and working with the players. Their expertise in their respective areas is expected to help the team maintain its fitness levels and avoid injuries during matches.
Mickey Arthur will only be with the Pakistan team for a short period of time as a consultant before returning to his role as head coach of Derbyshire. Meanwhile, Morne Morkel will not be available for the upcoming series against New Zealand as he is currently associated with an Indian Premier League (IPL) team. The PCB has allowed Arthur to choose his own support staff for the Pakistan team, as previously discussed. The decision comes as part of a wider effort to strengthen Pakistan’s cricket setup ahead of important tournaments.
This is published in logicalbaat, on 29 March, 2023.