PCB announces coaches for 2021-22:
The Pakistan Cricket Board announced coaches for the 42 teams across six Cricket Associations for the 266-match domestic season 2021-22 on Friday.
The appointments were made through a 360-degree thorough performance assessment process that took into account the demands of emerging players at all levels of the game as well as the need to further upskill the coaches by challenging them in diverse contexts.
A number of coaches who received favorable performance evaluations have been promoted, and others have been given the opportunity to go to head coaching at various levels.
The coaches were evaluated primarily based on two key objectives.
Putting their team in with a chance to win
After leading Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to all three titles – the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, the National T20 Cup, and the Pakistan Cup – in the 2020-21 season, former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has been tasked with leading the coaching staff of Central Punjab’s First XI, which includes former Pakistan internationals Akram Raza and Humayun Farhat – both promoted from Central Punjab’s Second XI coaching staff.
Shahid Anwar, who formerly coached Central Punjab First XI, has been named head coach of Southern Punjab First XI. As assistant and fielding coach, he is assisted by Aizaz Cheema and Irfan Fazil.
Abdul Rehman has relocated to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the 2021-22 domestic season after leading the coaching staff in Southern Punjab. Riffatullah Mohmand and Muhammad Siddiq serve as his assistant and fielding coaches, respectively.
Ijaz Ahmed Jnr has been named head coach of Northern’s First XI team. Ijaz, a former international batter with over 13,000 runs and 171 first-class wickets, has taken over as coach of the Central Punjab First XI for the 2019-20 domestic season.
He is joined as a fielding coach by former Pakistan fast bowler Samiullah Niazi, who was the assistant coach of Central Punjab First XI last season, and Fahad Akram, who advances to Northern First XI after serving as the assistant coach of the Cricket Association’s U19 team last season.
Former Pakistan hitters Basit Ali and Faisal Iqbal will remain as head coaches of the Sindh and Balochistan First XI teams, respectively.
At Sindh, Mohammad Masroor takes over as assistant coach for Iqbal Imam, who has moved to Southern Punjab Second XI as head coach, and Hanif Malik, last season’s Sindh U19 assistant coach, has been promoted to fielding coach of the First XI team.
The assistant coach for Balochistan, as well as the head coach for Southern Punjab’s U19 and U16 teams, will be hired via a merit-based, rigorous recruitment procedure. Hussain Khosa will remain as the fielding coach for the Balochistan First XI.
Grant Bradburn, the National High-Performance Centre’s head of high-performance coaching, conducted the 360-degree evaluation process, after which he submitted his recommendations to the Director Of High Performance, who then approved them by the Chief Executive.