Gary Kirsten, Justin Langer on PCB’s radar for coaching role

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March 22, 2024
Kirsten (R) coached the Indian team while Langer has served as Australia’s coach in the past. - CA/CSA

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is interested in hiring South Africa’s Gary Kirsten or Australia’s Justin Langer for the role of head coach.

Kirsten coached the Indian team while Langer has served as Australia’s coach in the past.

The board is keen on securing a long-term contract for the new coach. The PCB continues its quest to fill the vacant position of Pakistan’s head coach. Since the dismissal of Grant Bradburn in the aftermath of a disappointing ODI World Cup campaign last year, the men in green have been without a designated head coach.

Former allrounder Mohammad Hafeez temporarily filled the void, serving as both team director and head coach during Pakistan’s tours of Australia and New Zealand. However, Hafeez stepped down from the post last month, leaving the PCB scrambling to find a suitable replacement.

Initially, the PCB engaged in talks with former Australian allrounder Shane Watson for the head coach’s role. However, negotiations broke down, with PCB chief Mohsin Naqvi citing leaks to the media as a contributing factor to Watson’s decision not to accept the offer.

“We were also in talks with Shane Watson, and one reason for him not accepting the offer was because so many things leaked out in the media, most of which were not correct,” revealed Naqvi.

In addition to Kirsten and Langer, the PCB is reportedly exploring options with Mike Hesson, Matthew Hayden, Eoin Morgan, and Phil Simmons. While former PCB chief Zaka Ashraf advocated for local coaches, Naqvi has expressed a preference for a foreign coach.

However, the PCB faces challenges in convincing overseas candidates due to concerns stemming from the treatment of past coaches, both foreign and local.

“It is because of the PCB’s poor track record in appointing and sacking coaches — foreign and local — in the past that others are now very reluctant to accept any offer from the PCB,” a board official acknowledged.