Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday added former Australia, cricketer Matthew Hayden and former South African pacer Vernon Philander to the coaching staff ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup said the board’s newly-elected chairman Ramiz Raja during a press conference.
Hayden and Philander will replace the pair of Misbah ul Haq and Waqar Younis who resigned earlier this month. However, their roles are yet to be specified. Raja even added that a Head Coach will be added to the coaching staff, but did not mention any name.
“Matthew Hayden is Australian, and has 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. And Pakistan, of course, can win the World Cup, they just need to improve their performances an extra 10%. Vernon Philander I know very well, and he understands bowling, and has a great record against Australia.”
Both Hayden and Philander don’t have any coaching experience. Philander retired from international cricket in 2020 and is slated to be part of the nation’s domestic tournament that begins later this month. Hayden, on the other hand, retired from the game back in 2009.