Pakistan likely to release batting coach Grant Flower

Grant Flower, who is with the Pakistan team for the last three and a half years, is the only member of the support staff who is likely to be released by the Pakistan Cricket Board since it is believed he has not produced desired results.

By: Express Web Desk | Karachi | Updated: July 7, 2017 12:45:26 am
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It is highly unlikely that former Zimbabwe batsman Grant Flower will get an extension from Pakistan Cricket Board as the batting coach of Pakistan. The PCB will review the performance of the support staff later this moth and Flower have not be retained.

The Zimbabwean, who was appointed as the batting coach three and a half years ago, may be the only one to face the axe as it is believed he has not produced desired results.

“A review committee which includes former Test players Haroon Rasheed, Mudassar Nazar and the PCB’s chief operating officer Subhan Ahmad will submit a report on the performances of the coaches. It will be discussed at the Governing board meeting on July 29 after which a decision will be made on retaining or releasing the support staff,” a source told PTI.

According to PTI, Mickey Arthur, head of the Pakistan cricket team, and other coaches of the team will be in Lahore on July 24 for the team’s boot camp which is scheduled from early August in Kakul.

“The review committee and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq will also meet with Arthur before submitting their recommendations to the Governing Board,” he said.

While Pakistan have changed three coaches since Flower joined in late 2013, it is the inconsistent batting of the team that has the board worried. Flower has worked under Dav Whatmore, Waqar Younis and Arthur in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s fielding coach, Steve Rixon, bowling coach, Azhar Mahmood, trainer, Grant Ludon and other are expected to get an extension in contract until World Cup 2019.

The PCB will also discuss the matter of central contracts and who should get which contract. It a high possibility that young and new players may get new contracts while central contracts of players like Ahmed Shahzad and Umar Akmal may be demoted.

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