PCB in talks with Shane Watson, Darren Sammy to coach Pakistan

Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has emerged as a leading candidate for the coaching role with the Pakistan Cricket Team, as confirmed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The board is actively seeking a replacement following the departure of Mohammad Hafeez after a disappointing series in Australia and New Zealand.

PCB aims to finalize a new coach by the end of the month to ensure their presence during New Zealand’s upcoming tour to Pakistan in April. Watson’s coaching abilities, particularly his work with Quetta Gladiators in the ongoing Pakistan Super League, have impressed the PCB.

Despite the positive reception to Watson’s coaching style and his ability to foster strong interpersonal relationships, his availability remains uncertain. Currently serving as the head coach of the San Francisco Unicorns in Major League Cricket and holding contracts with Star Sports for ICC events and the Indian Premier League, Watson’s schedule is a topic of discussion.

PCB may need to offer a flexible role similar to that enjoyed by former coach Micky Arthur to accommodate Watson’s commitments. Meanwhile, discussions with West Indies legend Darren Sammy are also underway.

Darren Sammy, who has a history of successful stints with Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League, presents another potential candidate. However, complications arise as Sammy currently serves as the head coach of the West Indies team, which will co-host the upcoming T20 World Cup with the United States.

PCB is actively trying to convince Sammy to take up the coaching role with the Pakistan Cricket Team, despite the challenges posed by his existing commitments.

As PCB navigates the complexities of securing a coach, they remain committed to finding both permanent and temporary solutions to fill the coaching role. The search continues amidst the challenge of convincing former players, many of whom are currently associated with various franchise clubs worldwide, to take on the responsibility with the national team.