Najam Sethi announces coaching staff for Afghanistan T20I series

Pakistan and Afghanistan will play the T20I series from March 24 to 27

By Web Desk
March 14, 2023
From L to R - Muttiah Muralitharan (SL), Umar Gul (Pak), Mohammad Yousaf (Pak), Romesh Kaluwitharana (SL) - Twitter/UmarGul

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) management committee chairman Najam Sethi has announced the national coaching staff for the upcoming T20I series against Afghanistan. 

Sethi made the announcement from his official Twitter account. According to his announcement, Pakistan's former Test pacer Umar Gul will be the bowling coach, ex-Test batter Mohammad Yousaf will be the batting coach whereas domestic coach Abdul Rehman will lead the coaching staff as head coach. 

"PCB announces Support Personnel for Sharjah T20Is. Abdul Rehman, Head Coach; Umar Gul, Bowling Coach; M Yousuf, Batting Coach; A Majeed, Fielding Coach; Drikus Simon, Trainer; Cliffe Deacon, Physio; Talha Ijaz, Analyst; Mansoor Rana, Manager; Ahsan Nagi, Media Manager," announced Sethi. 

Umar recently remained the bowling coach of Afghanistan's national team. He has also been associated with Quetta Gladiators as their bowling coach in Pakistan Super League (PSL). Rehman coached the KP team in domestic cricket and is currently associated with Multan Sultans in their coaching team.

Yousaf was part of the previous coaching panel under the supervision of head coach Saqlain Mushtaq. 

On March 13, PCB announced 15-men squad for the T20I series against Afghanistan. The cricket board gave rest to their main players including captain Babar.

While keeping in mind the packed schedule of the national team ahead this year, PCB announced an inexperienced squad for three-match T20I series against Afghanistan which is scheduled at the end of March in Sharjah.

Babar, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Rizwan have been given rest. Khan, who has remained the vice-captain of Pakistan team in white-ball format, was named the captain for Afghanistan T20I series.

Players including Imad Wasim, Saim Ayub, Azam Khan, Ihsanullah and Zaman Khan, who performed during this year's PSL, have been included in 15-member squad.

T20I Squad against Afghanistan

Shadab Khan (c), Abdullah Shafique, Azam Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Ihsanullah, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Saim Ayub, Shan Masood, Tayyab Tahir, Zaman Khan

Reserved players: Abrar Ahmed, Haseebullah, Usama Mir


Mar 24 - First T20I - Sharjah

Mar 26 - Second T20I - Sharjah

Mar 27 - Third T20I - Sharjah