LAHORE: Changes in the men’s national team player support staff continued with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) appointing fast bowling and spin bowling coaches on Tuesday.
Members of the 2009 T20 World Cup and 2012 Asian Cup winning team and former Pakistan cricketers Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal have been appointed as fast bowling and spin bowling coaches respectively for the Pakistan Men’s Team.
His initial assignments in these roles include the Test series against Australia scheduled from 14 December 2023 to 7 January 2024 and the T20I series against New Zealand scheduled from 12 to 21 January 2024.
Umar Gul had previously served as Pakistan Men’s Team’s bowling coach in the three-match T20I series against Afghanistan and the subsequent home series against New Zealand.
He was also the bowling coach of Quetta Gladiators in the last HBL PSL season and Afghanistan’s bowling coach in the ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup 2022. He made his international debut in 2003 and represented Pakistan in 47 Tests (163 wickets at 34.06), 130 ODIs (179 wickets at 29.34) and 60 T20Is (85 wickets at 16.97) between 2003 and 2016.
Former World No. 1 ODI bowler Saeed Ajmal will act as the Spin Bowling Coach. Saeed, who made his international debut in 2008, represented Pakistan in 35 Tests, 113 ODIs and 64 T20Is, picking up 447 wickets across three formats. He also served as spin bowling coach for HBL PSL franchise Islamabad United.
Umar Gul said, “I am pleased to join the Pakistan team as bowling coach and feel honored to be given the opportunity to contribute to Pakistan cricket by PCB Management Committee Chairman Zaka Ashraf.
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