In a significant move by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), former captain and all-rounder Mohammed Hafeez has been appointed as the Director of the Pakistan men’s cricket team. The announcement was made on Wednesday, marking Hafeez’s transition from his recent role in the PCB Cricket Technical Committee. Hafeez, an experienced player, has featured in 55 Tests, 218 ODIs, and 119 T20Is, amassing 12,780 runs and taking 253 wickets throughout his illustrious career.
Hafeez, a former Test captain, played a crucial role in Pakistan’s victory in the ICC Champions Trophy in England in 2017. His extensive experience and cricketing acumen make him a valuable addition to the team’s management.
“I am honoured and excited to take on the role of Team Director for the Pakistan Men’s Cricket Team. I would like to thank PCB for trusting my abilities and giving me this challenging responsibility, but I am committed to work collaboratively with the coaching staff and players to contribute in team’s success. Together we will strive for excellence and bring happiness for our passionate fans.”
The appointment comes as part of a broader restructuring of the Pakistan coaching staff. The PCB has decided to keep all coaches working in the National Cricket Academy, with an announcement regarding the new coaching staff for the upcoming series in Australia and New Zealand expected soon.
Simultaneously, star batter Babar Azam has decided to step down as the captain of the Pakistan cricket team across all formats. The 28-year-old announced his decision following Pakistan’s disappointing performance in the ICC World Cup 2023 in India. Babar expressed gratitude for the opportunity to lead the team, highlighting the highs and lows experienced during his four-year captaincy.
Under Babar’s leadership, Pakistan achieved the No. 1 position in ODIs. However, their World Cup campaign concluded on a low note with a defeat against England by 93 runs. Babar’s personal performance in the tournament saw him score 320 runs in nine matches, finishing as the third-highest run-scorer for Pakistan.
The PCB is now set to undergo further changes, with the coaching staff adjustments and the recent resignation of bowling coach Morne Morkel. The former South Africa fast bowler, who joined on a six-month contract in June, has decided to step down from his role. These developments mark a crucial phase for Pakistani cricket as the team prepares for future challenges.