Wednesday December 06, 2023

PCB appoints Mohammad Hafeez as new 'Director Cricket' in major reshuffle

Former all-rounder was also part of board's "cricket technical committee"

By Web Desk
November 15, 2023
Former all-rounder and new PCBs Director Cricket Mohammad Hafeez. — ICC/File
Former all-rounder and new PCB's Director Cricket Mohammad Hafeez. — ICC/File

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Wednesday appointed former cricketer Mohammad Hafeez as the new "Director Pakistan men’s cricket team" as the team goes into a major reshuffle following the World Cup debacle.

The development follows Babar Azam's decision to resign from the team's captaincy in all three formats — turning down the board's offer to retain the captaincy in the red-ball format.

The PCB, along with the skipper and team management have been under fire over the team's disappointing performance in the Asia Cup followed by early elimination from the ongoing World Cup 2023.

"Former Test captain Mohammad Hafeez has been given the responsibility of Director – Pakistan Men’s Cricket Team," the statement from the PCB said.

"Hafeez was recently part of the PCB Cricket Technical Committee," the statement added.

Meanwhile, the board has also made changes to the portfolio of coaching staff.

"All coaches will continue to work in the National Cricket Academy while," the PCB said while highlighting that the new coaching staff for the upcoming series in Australia and New Zealand will be announced soon.

Earlier, following Azam's decision to step down as the team's captain — after meeting PCB Management Committee Chairman Zaka Ashraf — the board appointed Shan Masood and Shaheen Shah Afridi as Test and T20Is skippers, respectively.

Masood will serve as the team's captain till the end of the ICC World Test Championship 2023-25 — with the three-match "away" Test series against Australia starting on 14 December.

Meanwhile, the new T20 format captain Saheen, has led the Lahore Qalandars in PSL and has helped the side win the tournament twice in two years in the 2022 and 2023 editions.

The board, while commenting on the 29-year-old's decision to step down from the post, said: “The PCB respects his decision and continues to support him as a player.”

"He [Babar] is one of the best batters Pakistan has ever produced. He is our asset, and we will continue to support him," Ashraf said while lauding the right-hand batter.

"We want to see him grow as a great batter and now without his additional burden of the captaincy, he can focus more on his performances."

"We respect his decision and will continue to back him," he added.