PCB Eyes Shane Watson as Potential Head Coach for Pakistan Cricket Team

PCB Eyes Shane Watson as Potential Head Coach for Pakistan Cricket Team

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has identified former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson as a potential candidate for the head coaching role of the men’s national team. The PCB is seeking a permanent head coach ahead of New Zealand’s white-ball tour of Pakistan in April.

Watson, currently the coach of the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), has overseen a remarkable turnaround for the franchise, leading them to their first playoff qualification in five years. His impressive performance and interpersonal skills have caught the attention of the PCB.

However, Watson is not the only candidate under consideration. Former West Indies captain Daren Sammy, who has a strong relationship with Pakistan cricket, is also a desired option. Sammy is currently the limited-overs coach of West Indies and the head coach of Peshawar Zalmi in the PSL.

The PCB is keen to secure a head coach who can commit to a long-term role, unlike Mohammad Hafeez, who was appointed on a temporary basis for tours of Australia and New Zealand. The board is willing to offer a flexible role that allows the head coach to balance other commitments, as was the case with Mickey Arthur, who juggled his role with Derbyshire in the English county season.

The appointment of coaches in Pakistan has been affected by administrative instability. Former PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf removed Arthur and Bradburn after a disappointing World Cup, despite their successful tenure. The PCB is now seeking to appoint a head coach who can provide stability and long-term success for the national team.