Pakistan national cricket team failed to play to their potential in recently concluded 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. Due to their upcoming busy fixture, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is thinking to separate captaincy and the head coaching for the Test and limited-overs cricket.
Pakistan was very close to qualifying for the semi-finals of the 2019 CWC but finished in the fifth position in the points table. Like fourth-positioned New Zealand, Pakistan also earned 11 points, but they were massive behind from New Zealand’s net run-rate. Pakistan made a poor start in that tournament, and that became the crucial deciding factor of their journey.
After their 2019 CWC journey, Pakistan is now preparing for the inaugural ICC World Test Championship and the next ICC T20 World Cup. They will soon begin their journey in the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship. Meanwhile, Australia will host the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup from 18th October to 15th November 2020.
Pakistan Cricket Board is ready to discuss their new approach
Observing this busy schedule, the PCB is thinking to split the captaincy and coaching for the Test and limited-overs cricket. In their upcoming meeting, the PCB members are likely to discuss this proposal.
A source told PTI, “Since Pakistan has to play eight Tests of the World Test Championship against Sri Lanka, Australia, Bangladesh and England before the T20 World Cup in Australia next year, the PCB is pretty concerned about how to improve performance of the team in Tests.
“Pakistan will be playing only three ODIs but nine to 10 T20s before the T20 Asia Cup and T20 World Cup next year, prompting PCB to consider separate captains and coaches for red and white-ball cricket.”
Pakistan is currently the no.7-ranked Test team, no.6-ranked ODI team and no.1-ranked T20I team.
The PCB is unhappy with Pakistan’s recent Test performances
Mickey Arthur and Sarfaraz Ahmed are the present head coach and captain of Pakistan team respectively. According to that source, both are likely to retain their positions in limited-overs cricket. However, the PCB is considering for the new head coach and captain for the Test cricket.
In recent times, Pakistan have failed to perform well in Test cricket. So, the PCB is thinking to separate captains and head coaches for the red and white-ball cricket.
The source added, “But the board is now considering the option of having separate captains and head coaches for Test and limited overs cricket with the support staff i.e manager, bowling coach, batting coach, trainer, fielding coach, physiotherapist remaining the same for all formats.”