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In the past few weeks, Pakistan cricket has experienced numerous changes. The chairman changed, and the coaches resigned. Ex-players of the national team were appointed interim coaches for the New Zealand series, but proper coaches were needed since the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is knocking on the door. Ramiz Raja, the newly appointed chairman, has thus made a decision and chosen Mathew Hayden and Philander as consultant bowling and batting coaches. Let’s go over their profile and explore the cricketing careers of Pakistan’s new coaches.
Mathew Hayden- Pakistan’s Batting Coach for the T20 world cup
Hayden belongs to Australia. The former cricketer had a 15-year long career and then provided his services as a commentator. He was known for his aggressive approach and ability to score quick runs in both ODI and tests. The left-handed batsman has the record for the highest individual score for Australia in Test cricket. The 380 runs scored by him also made him the highest-scoring test opener to date.
His stats do speak for themselves. Hayden came second on the list of most runs scored by an opening batsman in Test cricket. Moreover, he equaled South African allrounder Jacques Kallis’ record when it came to Test centuries. Hayden bid goodbye to cricket in 2012. His legacy continued as his name was included in the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. Coming to the format he is going to coach Pakistan, Hayden’s best score in T20I was 73, not out. He played nine T20I matches, averaged 51.33, and scored a total of 308 runs.
Vernon Philander – Pakistan’s Bowling Coach for the T20 world cup
The 36-year-old South African allrounder started his Test cricket career with a boom as he reached the milestone of taking 50 wickets in just seven matches. It remains the second-fastest ever. In this first-ever series, he also won the award for man of the series. The right-arm medium-fast bowler took 13 wickets in the first and 5 in the next. Vernon also played for the South African under 19 teams and the domestic team, Cape Cobras. His T20I career includes seven matches. With the bat, he scored 14 runs with an average of 3.50. With the ball, he took four wickets and gave 114 runs. His career-best bowling figures are 2/23.
Pakistan’s new coaches will be taking on the responsibility of the national team for the t20i world cup that is to play in October 2021. Both of the former players do not have prior coaching experience. It will be interesting to see how they will change the fortunes of the unpredictable Pakistan Cricket Team.
Who will become the Head Coach of the Pakistan Cricket Team?
The head coach’s name has not yet been announced, but our sources claim that Saqlain Mushtaq will likely be the man to replace Misbah ul Haq. The confirmation is likely to come in the next few weeks. Saqlain Mushtaq has a decent profile of coaching as he has been involved in coaching roles in England, Bangladesh, and West Indies before. Saqlain was announced as interim coach of Pakistan’s limited-overs team for the New Zealand tour of Pakistan.
Also read: How well did Pakistan do under Misbah ul Haq