Pakistan appointed coach who questioned Virat Kohli's intentions!
There is a wave of change going on in Pakistan cricket at the moment. After the poor performance of the team in the ODI World Cup, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has taken an important decision and removed the entire selection committee. After this, Babar Azam expressed his intention to take a big decision and in view of this, Babar has resigned from the captaincy in all three formats. PCB has shifted the entire coaching staff to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) while announcing new captains for the T20 and Test formats and has taken another major decision by appointing former captain Mohammad Hafeez as the coach of the Pakistan cricket team. It is noteworthy that Hafeez is the same person who had recently raised questions about Virat Kohli.
Before Hafeez, Grant Bradburn had the responsibility of coaching the Pakistan team, but during his tenure, the team performed poorly in the Asia Cup and then the World Cup. Subsequently, the PCB has transferred the entire staff including him to the NCA and now Hafeez has been appointed coach for Pakistan's tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Dual responsibility on Hafeez
PCB chief Zakar Ashraf has shown more confidence in Hafeez and given him a dual role. Apart from being the coach, Hafeez has also been appointed team director for the tour of Australia and New Zealand. Before Hafeez, this responsibility was with Mickey Arthur. Arthur will now be seen at NCA along with the rest of the coaching staff. Pakistan has to play a three-match Test series in Australia and a five-match T20 series in New Zealand during December and January.
However, Hafeez has no coaching experience. PCB has appointed Shaheen Masood as the captain of the Test team, while Shaheen Afridi has been given the captaincy of the T20 team. The captain of the ODI team has not been announced yet by the PCB.
Questions raised on Virat:
Hafeez is the person who has already raised questions about the intentions of Virat Kohli. When Kohli scored a century against South Africa and equalled Sachin Tendulkar's tally of 49 ODI centuries, Hafeez termed Kohli's innings as selfish. He claimed that after getting close to the century, Kohli started batting slowly to complete the century. All-rounder Hafeez played his last match for Pakistan two years ago. He was a good batsman and could also bowl off-spin, but he suffered from restrictions in his bowling action. ICC found Hafeez's bowling action suspicious, due to which he was banned.