For the domestic season 2022–2023, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed six foreign coaches, including two former England international cricketers.
Former England international Paul Franks, who has around 10 years of coaching experience and served as assistant head coach at Nottinghamshire county in the English league, will lead Central Punjab.
The head coach of Sindh will be Paul Nixon, a former international wicketkeeper and batter who led the Jamaican Tallawahs to two CPL championships. Currently serving as the head coach of Leicestershire County, Nixon will step down from that position soon in order to accept the new position in Pakistan.
Four other foreign coaches have been hired in addition to these two head coaches. The fielding coaches will be Bilal Shafayat (of Central Punjab) and John Sadler (of Sindh), and the strength and conditioning trainers will be Richard Stonier (of Central Punjab) and Ian Fisher (of Sindh). In order to promote variety, foreign coaches have been introduced to local cricket. Every time you bring in instructors from various nations, you provide diversity and fresh perspectives. The development of the players will ultimately be aided by these seasoned international coaches working with the local coaches.
Coaches for fielding and strength and conditioning are also included in the setup. This will help our local coaches and increase the level of competition in both the coaching and playing sides of the game. They would eventually help the players, he claimed.
“These coaches will be employed for the Pakistan Cup and Quaid-e-Azam Trophy competitions. The two head coaches from Central Punjab and Sindh were initially invited in to observe how our system functions and how much it benefits the players. At the end of the season, we will evaluate the performances, Khan continued.
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