Former South Africa pacer, Vernon Philander, and former Australia batsman, Matthew Hayden have been appointed as the bowling and batting coaches of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
The announcement came in respect of Ramiz Raja’s decision soon after he take over the PCB Chairman post. Notably, Raja is now the 36th chairman of the national board.
As Misbah ul Haq and Waqar Younis recently retired as head coach and bowling coach, Ramiz, as his first task, has fulfilled bowling coaching gaps alongside batting as Younis left the batting coach roles after his conflicts with the board. However, the head coach’s vacancy remains vacant.
Moreover, after immense criticism has fallen in the laps of PCB management for choosing an ‘inappropriate’ T20 World Cup squad, Raja says that we should fully back our team.
“The national side has the potential to win the World Cup and we need to back the side selected for the global event. We need to fine-tune our plans. Pakistan cricket’s DNA consists of fearlessness, and we need to define a proper model and provide clarity to achieve desired results.”
He also stated that 192 cricketers with domestic contracts will see an increment of PKR 100,000 in monthly retainers across all rungs. This means that domestic men’s cricketers in the 2021-22 season, which begins with the Cricket Associations T20, the Second XI competition, from 15 September at the Quetta’s Bugti Stadium, will now earn between PKR140,000 to PKR250,000 per month, which is an increase of 250 percent for the players in the D category, the lowest category.
“It is our duty to care for our cricketers and continue to take measures which strengthen our system,” Ramiz said. “This will also play a role in ending any uncertainty surrounding the current cricket structure; the welfare of present and former cricketers is paramount to me.”
Moreover, he announced plans to launch a U19 T20 league on a world stage to develop cricketers from the nascent scaffolds.
“We need to develop an environment in which we generate professional cricketers at a young level,” he said. “This will help the HBL Pakistan Super League franchises as well, who are on the lookout for youngsters. I would like the former greats to coach them. We need to give a push to the age-group cricketers so they can excel in the sport from the early age.”