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Matthew Hayden, Vernon Philander to coach Pakistan for T20 World Cup

Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden and ex-South Africa pacer Vernon Philander have been appointed as the coaches of Pakistan cricket team for the upcoming T20 World Cup.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: September 13, 2021 3:34:14 pm
Vernon Philander and Matthew Hayden will be Pakistan's coaches for the T20 World Cup (File Photo)

Pakistan’s cricket team will be coached by Australian Matthew Hayden and South African Vernon Philander during the T20 World Cup, the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ramiz Raja said in a press conference after on Monday.

Hayden and Philander will be taking over from the pair of Misbah ul Haq and Waqar Younis, who resigned from their posts one month ahead of the tournament.

Speaking on Hayden, Raja said: “The Australian can bring some aggression into the team. He has experience of World Cups and was a world-class player himself. Having an Australian in the dressing room will be of great benefit for us.”

On Philander he said, “I know him well, he understands the nuances of bowling and he has a great record in Australia.”

The development of adding Hayden and Philander to the Pakistan thinktank comes after the sudden resignations of Misbah and Waqar one month ahead of the T20 World Cup. Last week, the PCB announced that Misbah and Waqar have resigned and that former Pakistan Test players, Saqlain Mushtaq and Abdul Razzaq would be interim coaches for the time being.

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