Pakistan has appointed former New Zealand all-rounder Grant Bradburn as the head coach of its men’s team. Now, he is on a two-year deal after a successful spell as a consultant as PCB announced on Saturday. The former Scotland head coach has previously served as the fielding coach of the Pakistan side from 2018 to 2020. Former South Africa cricketer Andrew Puttick has also signed a two-year contract as Pakistan’s batting coach.
Grant Bradburn was in charge during Pakistan’s recent home series against New Zealand. In this series, Babar Azam-led side defeated the Kiwis 4-1 in the ODI series and 2-2 in the five-match T20I series.
Bradburn and PCB: Who said what?
PCB chairman Najam Sethi said, “Bradburn joins with a plethora of coaching experience”. Further, he also said, “After having worked with our men’s side before and at the NCA, he understands our culture and philosophy of cricket well and is an ideal candidate to take our team forward.”
In a statement, Bradburn said “It’s a great honour for me to work with a highly talented and skilful side like Pakistan as a head coach,” and will aim to build momentum ahead of the 50-overs World Cup later this year. Further, he added “We’ve been working hard on raising our game and are eager to showcase our growing skills. Mickey Arthur and I are excited to support, challenge and develop our players.
Pakistan recently appointed former head coach Mickey Arthur as team director ahead of its three-match ODI series against Afghanistan and the 50-over Asia Cup. While the strength and conditioning coach, Drikus Saaiman and physiotherapist, Cliffe Deacon, will continue in their roles, a PCB press release said.
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