Karachi: Muhammad Hafeez has become an all-rounder in management as well, he will occupy the coach’s seat along with the team director.
Mohammad Hafeez has become the most powerful figure in Pakistan cricket, PCB has appointed him as the team director in place of Mickey Arthur, sources said that he will go with the squad as a coach, batting, bowling and fielding coach in the tour of Australia. All the coaching staff of the team will be made in consultation with him, after taking over this responsibility, Hafeez will no longer be seen in action as a cricketer.
They participate in several leagues including the PSL, they will also face financial loss from contract termination, PCB has restricted all foreign coaching staff including Mickey Arthur to the National Cricket Academy.
It was made clear yesterday that the board does not need them anymore so they should either resign or come to the academy while the contract is still there, now it is very likely that all of them will also resign, to Shaun Masood. It was Hafeez who suggested making the Test captain to Chairman Management Committee Zaka Ashraf.
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Shaheen Afridi will be the T20 and Shaun Masood will be the Test captain, Hafeez will be the team director
It should be remembered that former management committee head Najam Sethi had appointed Shan Masood as the vice-captain for the series from New Zealand this year, but captain Babar Azam had refused to feed him. The selectors of that time also supported him. Daya, then the situation seemed to be moving in such a direction that Babar would have refused the leadership on the insistence of feeding Shaan, but realizing the seriousness of the matter, Najam Sethi himself withdrew and did not insist on feeding Shaan. When he got the chance, he did not perform well.
Sarfraz Ahmed’s name was also being considered for the leadership, after the meeting with Zaka Ashraf, these speculations increased, but at that time it was clear that there was no discussion in this regard, the Karachi team led by Sarfaraz. won the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Sarfraz himself performed brilliantly as a batsman and wicket-keeper.
Yesterday, PCB called Shan Masood from Rawalpindi to Lahore, the Karachi team is staying there for the Pakistan Cup, at that time the impression that he is being handed over the leadership, although by then Babar Azam has decided to resign. had not done so, the board officials had made up their minds that if they did not voluntarily leave the leadership, they would be fired.
Babar Azam has announced to leave the captaincy of the national team
Pakistani cricket team has been touring Australia since 1964 but never won a Test series in 59 years, in the last tour of 2019, they were defeated by an innings in both Tests, it has been 28 years since they won the last 4 Tests, during this time, big captains also came.
Babar Azam was also advised by those close to him that it would not be suitable for him to remain only Test captain in these circumstances, so he preferred to resign.
PCB has also decided to appoint Wahab Riaz as Chief Selector, Junior Chief Selector will be given to Sohail Tanveer, both the appointments will be announced on Thursday.