Pakistan Cricket Board Names Gillespie as Test Coach, Kirsten as White-Ball Coach

In a significant move for Pakistan cricket, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has unveiled Jason Gillespie as the new Test coach and Gary Kirsten as the white-ball coach. The appointments mark a strategic shift for the national team, with Azhar Mahmood retaining his role as the assistant coach across all formats.

Following an extensive recruitment process, Gillespie and Kirsten have been awarded two-year contracts to lead Pakistan’s coaching setup. This decision comes after the head coach position remained vacant since Grant Bradburn’s departure in January.

Gillespie, known for his coaching success at domestic and international levels, brings a wealth of experience to the role. His coaching journey includes notable stints with Yorkshire, where he achieved promotion and secured titles, along with T20 coaching roles in various leagues worldwide.

Meanwhile, Kirsten’s illustrious coaching career boasts triumphs such as guiding India to victory in the 2011 ODI World Cup. His expertise in instilling a winning mentality and nurturing young talent makes him a valuable addition to Pakistan’s coaching staff.

PCB chairman Mohsin Naqvi expressed confidence in the new coaching setup, highlighting Gillespie and Kirsten’s stellar track records. He emphasized the board’s commitment to providing top-tier resources and fostering an environment conducive to player development and success.

The appointments coincide with Pakistan’s upcoming tours, with Kirsten set to join the team for the England tour, featuring a four-match T20I series. Gillespie’s tenure will commence with the Bangladesh series in August, signaling a new era for Pakistan cricket.

Notably, Gillespie and Kirsten will be actively involved with the Pakistan side throughout their contracts, marking a departure from previous arrangements. This commitment underscores the PCB’s dedication to securing high-profile coaching talent and enhancing the team’s performance across all formats.

Internally, the appointments signify a significant achievement for the PCB amid challenging circumstances. The board’s efforts to attract top coaching talent reflect its strengthened financial position, fueled by increased ICC revenue.

As Pakistan cricket embarks on a new chapter under Gillespie and Kirsten’s leadership, the expectations are high for the national team’s continued success and development on the global stage.

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