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Morne Morkel to join Pakistan Cricket Team as bowling coach after IPL stint

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has finalized its coaching staff for the senior men’s team, with South Africa internationals Morne Morkel and Andrew Puttick to be hired as the bowling and batting coaches respectively.

Additionally, the board has agreed to bring on Mickey Arthur as a remote consultant, allowing him to continue his role as head coach of England county Derbyshire.

Arthur will form the coaching panel consisting of overseas personnel remotely, with former Pakistan fielding coach Grant Bradburn serving as head coach, and Cliffe Deacon and Drikus Saaiman continuing with their respective roles as physiotherapist and strength and conditioning coach.

Morkel, who is presently the bowling coach of the SA20 side Durban Super Giants, will formally join the Pakistan team after the conclusion of his Indian Premier League (IPL) commitments with Lucknow Super Giants. He was with the Namibia team in its coaching setup during the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup in Australia and had also coached New Zealand during the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup held earlier this year in Pakistan.

Puttick, who has over 18,000 domestic cricket runs during his stints with Western Province and Cape Cobras, will be joining Pakistan next month. He made only one international appearance for Proteas in 2005 and has worked with the national side as a batting consultant. He also served as the batting coach of the senior national women’s side during this year’s T20 World Cup.

Arthur, who previously coached Pakistan from 2016 to 2019, will play his role remotely and is expected to visit Lahore next month and return before the ODI World Cup in a preparatory camp. While he will not travel for any bilateral series with Pakistan, he will fulfill his commitments with Derbyshire.

Pakistan had been without full-time coaching staff after the contracts of Saqlain Mushtaq and Shaun Tait were not renewed. With an interim set-up, they played a T20I series against Afghanistan, which they lost 2-1. The new coaching staff will be on location, and Pakistan will play five ODIs and five T20Is against New Zealand at home from April 14.

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