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Major threat looms for PCB ahead of T20 World Cup 2024

Major threat looms for PCB ahead of T20 World Cup 2024
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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) under Chairman Mohsin Naqvi faces a major challenge in its quest for foreign coaches as the national team prepares for a crucial T20I series against New Zealand following the conclusion of PSL 2024. With several high-profile leagues like the Indian Premier League (IPL 2024) clashing with Pakistan’s upcoming matches, attracting top-rated foreign coaches has become an uphill battle.

This comes after the PCB opted for a clean slate following the 2023 World Cup in India. Under the leadership of Zaka Ashraf, the board had relieved all foreign coaches, including Director Mickey Arthur, Head Coach Grant Bradburn, and Batting Coach Andrew Puttick. However, in April 2023, a change of course saw Arthur return as Director, while Bradburn and Puttick were appointed Head Coach and Batting Coach, respectively.

Now, under Mohsin Naqvi’s leadership, the PCB is seeking a fresh approach. With the T20 World Cup 2024 in the USA and West Indies looming large in June, the board is aiming for a blend of foreign and local expertise to guide the national team. This strategy stems from the recognition that many highly-rated foreign coaches are currently committed to various league commitments around the globe.

This approach is further complicated by the busy schedule Pakistan faces leading up to the World Cup. Following the New Zealand series, a tour to the Netherlands, Ireland, and England awaits, with a total of nine T20Is scheduled in May. Filling the coaching positions with experienced and readily available personnel becomes crucial for a smooth transition and optimal preparation for these critical matches.

While the PCB has not yet revealed its shortlist of candidates, the search for suitable foreign coaches presents a significant challenge. The upcoming months will be crucial as the board navigates this complex situation, aiming to find the right coaching mix to propel the Pakistan national team towards success at the T20 World Cup 2024.