Amid a serious restructuring of the Pakistan cricket group, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed former cricketer Mohammad Hafeez because the “Director Pakistan men’s cricket team”.
Hafeez’s appointment — changing Mickey Arthur — comes hours after Babar Azam stepped down because the nationwide facet’s captain from all three codecs, refusing the PCB’s provide to retain the Check captaincy.
The board, together with the group administration and skipper has been going through criticism over the group’s below-par efficiency within the Asia Cup adopted by early elimination from the continued World Cup 2023 — the place the Males in Inexperienced failed to achieve the semis.
“Former Test captain Mohammad Hafeez has been given the responsibility of Director – Pakistan Men’s Cricket Team,” the assertion from the PCB stated.
“Hafeez was recently part of the PCB Cricket Technical Committee,” the assertion added.
In the meantime, the board has additionally made modifications to the portfolio of teaching workers.
“All coaches will continue to work in the National Cricket Academy,” the PCB stated whereas highlighting that the brand new teaching workers for the upcoming collection in Australia and New Zealand will likely be introduced quickly.
Earlier, following Azam’s choice to step down because the group’s captain — after assembly PCB Administration Committee Chairman Zaka Ashraf — the board appointed Shan Masood and Shaheen Shah Afridi as Check and T20Is skippers, respectively.
Masood will function the group’s captain until the tip of the ICC World Check Championship 2023-25 — with the three-match “away” Check collection in opposition to Australia beginning on 14 December.
In the meantime, the brand new T20 format captain Saheen, has led the Lahore Qalandars in PSL and has helped the facet win the match twice in two years within the 2022 and 2023 editions.
The board, whereas commenting on the 29-year-old’s choice to step down from the put up, stated: “The PCB respects his decision and continues to support him as a player.”
“He [Babar] is one of the best batters Pakistan has ever produced. He is our asset, and we will continue to support him,” Ashraf stated whereas lauding the right-hand batter.
“We want to see him grow as a great batter and now without his additional burden of the captaincy, he can focus more on his performances.”
“We respect his decision and will continue to back him,” he added.