It feels good to be back in Pakistan, says Mark Coles

He previously served as head coach from 2017 to 2019

May 21, 2023
Mark Coles during a press conference — PCB

Pakistan Women's Cricket Team head coach Mark Coles held a press conference today (May 21) where he talked about a number of things including how it feels to return to Pakistan.

Coles stated that in sports there are good and bad times, and confidence and media support is very crucial for any professional team.

“Feels good to be back in Pakistan, There are good times and bad times in the team, media support is very crucial. Confidence is essential to winning,” he said.

Coles believes that to survive under pressure, one must have maximum confidence and self-belief. He also stated that Pakistan women’s team have played well in recent times and they can improve massively.

The New Zealander also argued that the most important thing is that every player must know his role and the past should be left behind. He also praised Bismah Maroof and Javeria Khan.

Earlier, Coles met national players at State Bank Ground on Saturday (20 May).

Coles reached Karachi earlier on May 20 and went to State Bank Ground to watch Dynamites vs Challengers contest of the ongoing four-team T20 series.

After the match, Coles reunited with the national players whom he coached during his last stint from 2017 to 2019.

"It feels great to be back and meeting you guys," said Coles in a brief chat with the players. "It's good to see some old faces alongside some youngsters. I watched the match today and it was great to see players putting in all the effort," he added.

Coles said he is looking forward to the start of the women's Pakistan Cup. "I am really excited about the one-day matches. Keep your momentum high and work hard for the 50-over format. I will be looking at you all during the matches," he concluded.

During his previous stint, Pakistan achieved major results, including a fifth finish in the ICC Women’s Championship 2017-2020 that paved the way for the side to feature in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022.

Coles' first assignment as head coach would be in August when South Africa will tour Pakistan to play three ODIs and as many T20Is.

Women's Pakistan Cup schedule

23 May – Blasters vs Dynamites, State Bank Ground

25 May – Blasters vs Challengers, State Bank Ground

27 May – Dynamites vs Challengers, State Bank Ground

29 May – Dynamites vs Blasters, State Bank Ground

31 May – Challengers vs Blasters, State Bank Ground

2 June – Challengers vs Dynamites, State Bank Ground