PCB to Announce New Coaching Staff for Pakistan National Team

PCB to Announce New Coaching Staff for Pakistan National Team

Lahore, Pakistan – The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is set to announce a new set of coaches for the national team by the end of this month, covering both red and white ball formats. The board has received applications from several reputed coaches, including South Africa’s Gary Kirsten and Australia’s Jason Gillespie.

The PCB has emphasized that the appointments will be made through a due process, with all commitments being met. The last time the board followed this process was in 2019, when Misbah-ul-Haq was named head coach and chief selector. Since then, appointments have been made on a consultancy or interim basis.

This time, the PCB will only invite candidates who have applied for the coaching positions. Even Kirsten and Gillespie, who have been in direct negotiations with the board, were asked to apply through the due process.

The PCB has also set April 20 as the deadline for candidates interested in applying for assistant coach positions. Azhar Mahmood, who was recently named head coach for the New Zealand series on a consultancy basis, will also have to go through the process.

The PCB chairman, Mohsin Naqvi, has made it clear that the long-term appointments of coaches will be done through a due process. The board is expected to take time until the end of the month to reach a decision and make an announcement.

Jason Gillespie Steps Down as South Australia and Adelaide Strikers Coach

Jason Gillespie Steps Down as South Australia and Adelaide Strikers Coach

Jason Gillespie, a legendary figure in South Australian cricket, has announced his departure from his roles as head coach of both the South Australia Redbacks and the Adelaide Strikers. This decision marks the end of a remarkable era for Gillespie, who has played an integral role in shaping the state’s cricketing landscape.

Gillespie’s tenure with the Redbacks began in 2020-21, and despite a disappointing season this year, he has left an indelible mark on the team. Under his guidance, the Redbacks have shown signs of improvement, and he has been instrumental in developing young talent.

Gillespie’s success with the Adelaide Strikers has been even more pronounced. He took over as head coach in 2015-16 and led the team to their maiden BBL title in 2017-18. The Strikers have consistently performed under Gillespie’s leadership, reaching the playoffs on multiple occasions.

Gillespie’s departure comes at a time of transition for South Australian cricket. Tim Nielsen, the general manager of cricket, is also stepping down at the end of the season. These changes present an opportunity for the SACA to reassess its cricketing strategy and identify new leaders to guide the state’s teams to future success.

Gillespie’s legacy in South Australian cricket is secure. As both a player and a coach, he has represented the state with distinction and passion. His contributions have been invaluable, and he will be remembered as one of the most influential figures in the history of the game in South Australia.

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