The Pakistan Cricket Team delivered a disappointing performance in the recently concluded ODI World Cup 2023, failing to qualify for the knockouts and finishing in the 5th position on the points table. With only 4 wins and 5 defeats, including a loss to Afghanistan, changes were anticipated in the coaching department by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
The shake-up began with Babar Azam stepping down from the captaincy. Following this, Shaheen Afridi and Shan Masood were appointed as the T20I and Test captains, respectively. Wahab Riaz took on the role of chief selector, while Mohammad Hafeez became the Team Director and also assumed the position of head coach for the upcoming Australia and New Zealand series.
I am pleased to join as the bowling coach: Umar Gul
In the latest development, the PCB announced the appointment of former Pakistan bowlers Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal as the team’s bowling coaches. Umar Gul will focus on fast bowling, while Saeed Ajmal will guide the spinners. Both coaches shared their sentiments after being appointed to these crucial roles.
“I am pleased to join as the bowling coach of the Pakistan team and feel honoured to have been given the opportunity to contribute to Pakistan cricket by the Chairman PCB Management Committee Mr Zaka Ashraf. Having had previous working experience with the men’s side, I will bring my coaching expertise with the aim of elevating Pakistan’s bowling prowess to new heights,” Umar Gul was quoted as saying by Cricket One.
“I am truly honoured and grateful for the opportunity provided by the Chairman PCB Management Committee Mr Zaka Ashraf to serve as the spin bowling coach. I am delighted to contribute to the development of spin bowling talent within the Pakistan national team. I believe my career and coaching experience will help enhance the spin bowling arsenal of the team,” Saeed Ajmal was quoted as saying by Cricket One.
Here’s how fans reacted:
never had a good spinner after Saeed Ajmal hope he made one or two now great choice.
— Khan Saab (@Hanii_tales) November 21, 2023
Only good decision ajmal ko phly appointment nhi kr skty thy
— ch Khizar (@rams38064) November 21, 2023
How can a chucker be spin bowling coach.
— Khem Raj (@Raj11_Speaks) November 21, 2023
Chucker ajmal will teach chucking 🤣😭
— Arnav.💔 (@TheDrArnav) November 21, 2023
bring saeed ajmal as a spin bowling coach is good and brave decision by PCB
— Farisheikh (@Frhn5266) November 21, 2023
Muhammad amir jo ab Shaheen ki waja se team m kabhi ni aa skta pic.twitter.com/6jlcshD1up
— Zeeshan Javed 🤡 (@Mr_Kakarowt) November 21, 2023
Wow it's a great decision ab Pakistan 🇵🇰 ki team kamyab hogy insha'Allah ❤️
— Muhammad Adnan (@m_adnan_dani_07) November 21, 2023
I still don't think so these are good appointments,but now they are been appointed so 💯 support to them.
Good Luck 💚🇵🇰
— MUNEEB GUJJAR (@MUNEEBGUJJAR999) November 21, 2023
Saeed ajmal ki jga saqlain mushtaq hona chye tha
— Waqasmughal (@WAQASMmughall) November 21, 2023
Koi naa seh lengy ye b
— ЅᏦᎽ (@13hamdard) November 21, 2023