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In a big development in Pakistan cricket, the former Zimbabwe batsman, Grant Flower, has been appointed as a Pakistan’s batting coach for next two years. The selection comes just after a week of Waqar Younis’ selection as the head coach who returned after a gap of 18-months in abid to rejig the team management which did not yield desired results in big ICC tournament for the sub- continental giants.
Flower was the unanimous choice for this job of the coach’s selection committee which was made up of Moin Khan (chief selector), Intikhab Alam (director domestic cricket operations) and Haroon Rashid (director game development). Flower will begin his task in August, as Pakistan prepares for the Sri Lanka series.
Previously, 43-year-old Zimbabwean – Flower – was batting coach of his country for more than three years starting from October 2010. As a player Flower has represented country in 67 Test matches and 221 ODIs in what was a lengthy career comprising over 12 years. Flower, in fact, had applied for the Pakistan batting coach’s job last year as well but was not given the consideration that time.
In recent years, Pakistan’s batting has been their main weaknesses, and the PCB, it seems, has finally decided to address this issue. In the past PCB turned to former greats like Inzamam-ul-Haq, Javed Miandad and Zaheer Abbas, but it did not yield significant results. Earlier, Pakistan had also hired Australian Trent Woodhill for this post for a two-month period last year, but had decided to do scrap the post earlier this year when Moin Khan was named head coach. But, now with former captain Waqar Younis now in charge, the PCB has once again decided open this position and appoint a mentor for their fragile batsmen.