Mohammad Hafeez Named Director Of The Pakistan Men’s Cricket Team Following A Disastrous World Cup 2023
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced former captain Mohammad Hafeez as the director of the Pakistan Men’s cricket team on November 15. The board assigned the responsibility to Mohammad Hafeez following Pakistan’s poor World Cup campaign. Additionally, Mohammad Hafeez will also be taking up the Head Coach responsibility on the Pakistan tour of Australia later this year.
Mohammad Hafeez, a recent member of the PCB’s technical committee, has assumed the role of director for the Pakistan Men’s cricket team, succeeding Mickey Arthur. The 43-year-old played a significant role in Pakistan’s victorious 2017 Champions Trophy campaign.
Mohammad Hafeez Has Been Given The Responsibility – PCB
The Pakistan Cricket Board has made a significant decision to dismiss the entire coaching staff, including Mickey Arthur. The board is expected to reveal a new coaching staff for the national men’s team ahead of the upcoming series in Australia and New Zealand.
“Former Test captain Mohammad Hafeez has been given the responsibility of Director – Pakistan Men’s Cricket Team. Mohammad Hafeez has featured for Pakistan in 55 Tests, 218 ODIs and 119 T20Is and has scored 12,780 runs and has taken 253 wickets,” the PCB release stated.
“The PCB has changed the portfolio of the Pakistan coaching staff. All coaches will continue to work in National Cricket Academy while PCB will announce the new coaching staff in due course for the upcoming series in Australia and New Zealand,” the statement added.
Mohammad Hafeez has an impressive career record in international cricket, scoring nearly 13,000 runs and securing over 250 wickets in 392 games. The former all-rounder represented the national cricket team in 55 Tests, 218 ODIs, and 119 T20I matches.
Babar Azam Steps Down From Captain In All Three Formats
Pakistan faced disappointment in both the Asia Cup and the World Cup. The Men in Green finished at the bottom of the Super Four stage in the Asia Cup. They failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the ICC World Cup 2023, securing fifth place in the 10-team points table.
Following a revamp in the Pakistan coaching staff, Babar Azam resigned from the captaincy, leading to the appointment of Shaheen Afridi as the T20I captain and Shan Masood as the Test skipper. However, the ODI captain is yet to be confirmed by the cricket board.