Matthew Hayden & Vernon Philander appointed as Pakistan coaches by new PCB chief Ramiz Raja

Ramiz Raja has decided to enlist outside help, hiring Matthew Hayden and Vernon Philander as coaches for the next T20 World Cup, which begins on October 17 in Oman and the United Arab Emirates. After the selectors announced the Pakistan squad for the mega event earlier this month, Misbah-ul-Haq stood down as head coach and Waqar Younis as bowling coach.

While Hayden and Philander will work with the batting and bowling teams at the World Cup in Dubai, Pakistan has yet to finalise a long-term coaching plan, having also appointed interim coaches Saqlain Mushtaq and Abdul Razzaq for the series against New Zealand. However, Raja did reveal that the two new coaches would work alongside a new head coach. Both Hayden and Philander, by the way, have no prior coaching experience.

“Matthew Hayden is an Australian who has won World Cups and was a fantastic player in his own right,” Ramiz remarked. “Having an Australian in the dressing room may be really advantageous. Pakistan, on the other hand, has a chance to win the World Cup if they improve their performances by 10%. Vernon Philander is someone I know well, and he knows how to bowl and has a strong record against Australia.”

Babar Azam’s team is in Group 2 of the Super 12 stage, alongside India, New Zealand, Afghanistan, and two additional teams who will qualify from Round 1. On October 24, they face arch-rival India in Dubai. Prior to it, Pakistan will host white-ball matches against New Zealand and England. Next year’s T20 World Cup will be held in Australia, followed by the 50-over World Cup in India in 2023.