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Drama Continues As PCB Set To Announce New Head Coach Soon; Check Details

Gary Kirsten and Jason Gillespie have emerged as top candidates for the roles [x.com]Gary Kirsten and Jason Gillespie have emerged as top candidates for the roles [x.com]

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is gearing up to unveil the new coaching staff for both the red and white-ball formats of the national team by the end of April.

This announcement comes amidst anticipation from cricket fans worldwide. Notable coaches like Gary Kirsten and Jason Gillespie are among the frontrunners for the coveted positions.

"The PCB chairman, Mohsin Naqvi has made it clear that the long-term appointments of coaches will be done through a due process and all commitments would be met by the board," a PCB official emphasized.

Kirsten, Gillespie front-runners

While Kirsten and Gillespie have emerged as top candidates for the roles, the PCB has received applications from other reputed coaches as well, adding to the competition.

Additionally, the PCB has set April 20 as the deadline for candidates interested in applying for assistant coach positions, further highlighting the board's commitment to ensuring a comprehensive coaching setup for the national team

"The PCB chief doesn't want names disclosed at any stage, and names would only be revealed once announcements are made," the official added, underscoring the confidentiality surrounding the selection process.

Kirsten, renowned for coaching India to victory in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, is currently associated with the Gujarat Titans in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024.

On the other hand, Gillespie, having previously led Yorkshire to consecutive division one titles, recently resigned from his coaching role in South Australia and Adelaide Strikers.

With the T20 World Cup 2024 approaching in June, Pakistan is keen on finalizing the coaching staff swiftly to commence preparations. The team's recent performances have been below par, making the upcoming tournament crucial for redemption.

Currently, Azhar Mahmood is serving as the interim head coach for the ongoing T20I series against New Zealand.