PCB appoints Gary Kirsten and Jason Gillespie as head coaches

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Mohsin Naqvi announced on Sunday that Gary Kirsten, a former top-order batter from South Africa, and Jason Gillespie, a former fast bowler from Australia, have been appointed as head coaches for the men’s national team, responsible for white and red-ball formats, respectively.

The announcement was made during a press conference in Lahore, attended by PCB Chief Operating Officer Salman Naseer and Azhar Mahmood, who will serve as the assistant coach across all formats.

According to a press release by the PCB, these appointments are effective for a two-year period following a rigorous recruitment process.

Kirsten will assume his role after completing his duties in the Indian Premier League. His tenure will include overseeing the team’s participation in various events, such as the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, ICC Champions Trophy 2025, ACC T20 Asia Cup 2025, and ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2026.

Gillespie, on the other hand, will take charge of the ICC World Test Championship fixtures against Bangladesh, England, and South Africa in the 2024-25 season.

Naqvi expressed his confidence in the newly appointed coaches, highlighting their impressive track records. He emphasized the PCB’s commitment to providing top-tier resources and facilities to the national team, aiming to unlock their full potential and deliver outstanding performances consistently.

Both Kirsten and Gillespie expressed their excitement and goals for their roles. Gillespie emphasized the abundance of talent within the Pakistani team, particularly in the fast-bowling department, while Kirsten focused on uniting the white-ball team towards achieving success collectively.

Naqvi also praised Azhar Mahmood’s commitment to serve Pakistan despite leaving behind lucrative opportunities in the UK. He reiterated the PCB’s dedication to providing the team with the best resources, citing an example of acquiring expensive equipment for physiotherapists to ensure the team’s well-being and performance.

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