Mark Coles appointed coach for Pakistan women’s cricket ahead of NZ series

Kiwi coach Mark Coles has been appointed to coach the Pakistan women’s cricket team ahead of their series against New Zealand women next month, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi confirmed on Monday.

Mark Coles.— Photo courtesy: stuff.co.nz
Mark Coles.— Photo courtesy: stuff.co.nz

Coles, who was appointed at the suggestion of Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur, has held several coaching jobs in New Zealand’s Northern Districts region and is currently on leave to pursue his international interests.

Coach has expressed the hope to improve the Pakistan women’s cricket team, which he says has been “developing really nicely”.

The Pakistan women’s team will take on their New Zealand counterparts in a three-match One-day International series kicking off on October 31 in the United Arab Emirates.

Coles will arrive in Lahore in early October for a training camp, before heading to UAE for the series, stuff.co.nz reported.

All three games will be staged at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium with the second and third scheduled to be played on November 2 and 5.

The Pakistan women will also play four Twenty20 International matches against the White Ferns on November 8,9,12 and 14.

The Pakistan women’s cricket team has been struggling in recent times and lost all seven matches it played during the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in June.

Following the winless world cup campaign, the PCB had decided to make drastic changes in the women’s cricket team setup and in the national team.

The team was also hit by a rift between coach Sabih Azhar and Captain Sana Mir after the coach in his post world cup report said he was not satisfied with Mir’s performance and leadership. In response, Mir had said in an open letter that she did not intend to play with the team under the current setup of team management.

Courtesy by: https://dawn.com/

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