PCB appoints Hayden and Philander as Pakistan coaches for T20 World Cup

Hayden and Philander

Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden and former South African bowler Vernon Philander will be Pakistan’s new coaches for the upcoming T20 World Cup, according to PCB new chairman Ramiz Raja. 

Matthew Hayden and Vernon Philander will replace Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis after both coaches stepped down from their respective roles shortly after Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad was named last week.

Hayden will be the ideal coach for the young and talented Pakistani team, according to Ramiz, since he will encourage aggression in the team. Hayden is a world-class batsman, according to him, and his presence and attitude will be a tremendous help to the players in the dressing room. 

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Vernon Philander, was a brilliant seam bowler with unparalleled knowledge of the game is also appointed as a bowling coach, according to the former opening batsman and new Chairman. His hiring, he claims, will be beneficial to the national squad. 

PCB’s goal, according to the 59-year-old, is to assist Pakistan in winning the T20 World Cup, and these two coaches will develop a winning mindset in the team. He claimed that the team have all of the necessary skills to win the T20 World Cup, and that all they need is a 10% improvement. 

Ramiz added that Bank Alfalah had offered to cover the international coaches’ salaries and thanked them for their generosity. This was made possible, he said, by the PCB’s strategic collaboration with Bank Alfalah, and he hoped that other strategic alliances would improve the country’s cricketing infrastructure. 

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