Pakistan have appointed former gamers Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal as new bowling coaches for the worldwide aspect, persevering with the overhaul of their backroom workers following their disappointing group-stage exit on the Cricket World Cup.
The Pakistan Cricket Board mentioned in an announcement on Tuesday that Gul would take over as quick bowling coach, whereas Ajmal can be in command of the spinners.
Each will accompany the workforce to Australia for the three-Check sequence which begins in December, in addition to the five-match T20 tour of New Zealand within the new yr.
Gul – who retired in 2020 after enjoying 237 worldwide matches and claiming 427 wickets – has been concerned in a number of mentoring stints since, together with one because the bowling coach of Afghanistan in 2022.
Ajmal additionally has huge enjoying expertise, having represented Pakistan in 212 video games, taking 447 wickets. He has additionally coached within the Pakistan Tremendous League. The previous primary ranked bowler on this planet in ODI cricket, Ajmal was well-known for his ‘doosra’ – an off-spinner’s supply that turns away from the right-handed batter.
“I’m delighted to contribute to the event of spin bowling expertise throughout the Pakistan nationwide workforce,” Ajmal mentioned. “I consider my profession and training expertise will assist improve the spin bowling arsenal of the workforce.”
South African Morne Morkel resigned as Pakistan’s bowling coach days after they completed fifth within the World Cup standings with eight factors, having received 4 matches and misplaced 5.
Former Pakistan quick bowler Wahab Riaz was named Pakistan’s new chief selector final following their exit, with Inzamam-ul-Haq stepping down. Mohammad Hafeez took over as workforce director rather than Mickey Arthur.
Babar Azam additionally resigned as captain. Fellow top-order batter Shan Masood will substitute him as chief of the Check aspect, whereas tempo bowler Shaheen Afridi will skipper the T20 outfit.
Pakistan will play Australia within the first Check of their sequence, beginning at Perth from December 14. Melbourne will host the Boxing Day Check from December 26, and the sequence will wrap in Sydney from January 3.