Hayden, Philander to coach Pakistan during the T20 World Cup

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LAHORE: Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden and former South Africa paceman Vernon Philander have been appointed batting and bowling coaching consultants for Pakistan men’s national cricket team for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

This was announced by the newly-elected Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja shortly after being elected as the Board’s new head today.

“Matthew Hayden is Australian and has the experience of winning World Cups and was a great player himself,” Ramiz said. “It might be very beneficial to have an Australian occupying the dressing room,” he was quick to add.

“And Pakistan, of course, can win the World Cup, they just need to improve their performances an extra ten percent. Vernon Philander I know very well, and he understands bowling, and has a great record against Australia.

“The national side has the potential to win the World Cup and we need to back the side selected for the global event,” said Ramiz, the new PCB chairman.

“We need to fine-tune our plans. Pakistan cricket’s DNA consists fearlessness and we need to define a proper model and provide clarity to achieve desired results,” Ramiz said.

Ramiz also said that a head coach will also be appointed.

Pakistan will kick-start their ICC T20 World Cup journey with the crunch game against arch-rivals India on October 24.


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