PCB appoints Gary Kirsten, Jason Gillespie as white, red-ball head coaches

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed South Africa’s Gary Kirsten from South Africa and Australia’s Jason Gillespie as head coaches for the men’s national cricket team.

Addressing a press conference in Lahore on Sunday, the PCB chairman Mohsin Naqvi said that Kirsten will take charge as the national side’s white-ball coach while Gillespie is being given the role of the Pakisatan’s red-ball coach.

Furthermore, former cricketer Azhar Mahmood will assume responsibilities as assistant coach for all formats, Naqvi added. According to the PCB press release, the three appointments have been made for two years following a recruitment process.

PCB chief congrats Jason Gillespie and Gary Kirsten on their appointments as the red and white-ball head coaches of the Pakistan men’s cricket team, respectively. Their stellar track records precede them, and I warmly welcome them to the Pakistan cricket family, he said.

“Kirsten will take charge of the side immediately after completing his assignment in the Indian Premier League. During his tenure, besides the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 and other bilateral white-ball series, Kirsten will also be in charge of the side for next year’s ICC Champions Trophy 2025 in Pakistan, ACC T20 Asia Cup 2025 and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2026 in India and Sri Lanka,” it said.

Furthermore, the PCB statement said that the Test cricket coach Gillespie will assume responsibilities for the ICC World Test Championship fixtures against Bangladesh (at home in August), which will be followed by Tests against England (at home in October) and South Africa (away in December) in the 2024-25 season.

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