Pakistan appoint big-name coaches
The Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed that Matthew Hayden and Vernon Philander will be part of the team's coaching staff for the Twenty20 World Cup.
Ramiz Raja, the PCB's new chairman, announced the appointments on Monday, with Pakistan 9.00 to win the tournament, which starts on October 17th in Oman and the UAE, while India are priced at 3.50 and England are 5.00.
The national side has the potential to win the World Cup.Ramiz Raja
A new head coach is also set to be unveiled before the T20 World Cup after Misbah-ul-Haq's sudden resignation last week, but Raja is delighted to have former Australian opening batsman Hayden and ex-South Africa paceman Philander on board.
Duo have world-class pedigree
Hayden was a devastating hitter in all forms of the game, scoring 40 centuries during a 15-year international career. He won two World Cup titles with Australia, in 2003 and 2007, and was the highest runscorer in the second season of the Indian Premier League in 2009.
Philander only retired from international cricket in January 2020, having played 64 Test matches, 30 ODIs and seven Twenty20 internationals for South Africa.
Pakistan's T20 World Cup campaign begins with a clash with neighbours India in Dubai on October 24th.
Pair bring experience
Confirming the new appointments, Raja told reporters: "The national side has the potential to win the World Cup. We need to fine-tune our plans. Pakistan cricket's DNA consists of fearlessness.
"[Hayden] 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."
Asked about Philander's qualities, Raja said: "I know him well, he understands the nuances of bowling and he has a great record against Australia."