Pakistan’s new coaches for the T20 World Cup are Matthew Hayden and Vernon Philander

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Matthew Hayden, a former Australian cricketer, and Vernon Philander, a former South African speedster, have been named as the coaches of the Pakistan men’s cricket squad for the 2018 T20 World Cup. Ramiz Raja, the newly elected chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), revealed this at a press conference in Lahore on Monday.

Misbah-ul-Haq, the head coach, and Waqar Younis, the bowling coach, had previously agreed to resign from their respective positions before the ICC event, which begins in October. Former Pakistan cricketers Saqlain Mushtaq and Abdul Razzaq have been chosen interim coaches for the New Zealand series in their absence.

“Following the West Indies series, I was quarantined in Jamaica, which gave me the opportunity to think on the previous 24 months as well as the international cricket season ahead. I have decided to resign from the position since I would have had to continue to spend significant time away from my family, and that too in a bio-secure setting “As quoted in PCB’s official release, Misbah remarked.

“I appreciate the timing isn’t ideal,” he explained, “but I don’t believe I’m in the appropriate frame of mind for the future difficulties, and it makes sense for someone else to step in and lead the charge.”

Raja also announced a $100,000 raise in each of the country’s 192 contractual first-class players’ monthly salaries.

Coaches from other countries don’t have a magic wand: Raja

In response to a journalist’s question on why the new PCB chairman prefers foreign coaches over domestic coaches, he halted the journalist in the middle of his question and urged him not to ask a question just for the sake of asking one. He went on to say that if a local coach had been hired, the question would have been why a foreign coach hadn’t been hired.

Even a coach of Hayden’s calibre, he confessed, does not possess a magic wand that can transform a player into Viv Richards overnight. He hinted at the possibility of a Pakistani official being included in the World Cup coaching group.

Hayden scored 8625 runs in 103 Tests, as well as 6133 and 1632 runs in ODIs and T20s, respectively, and was one of the best openers in international cricket during his playing days. Philander, on the other hand, has over 200 Test wickets and over 100 wickets in limited-overs cricket.

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