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From Misbah-ul-Haq to Gary Kirsten: All Pakistan Cricket team coaches from 2022 to 2024

From Misbah-ul-Haq to Gary Kirsten: All Pakistan Cricket team coaches from 2022 to 2024

Gary Kirsten is all set to coach Pakistan cricket in white ball format, but will he survive for long or will he also become scapegoats like other Pakistan coaches?

The Pakistan Cricket Board has recently announced Gary Kirsten as their white-ball coach and Jason Gillespie as their test coach. Considering the history of Pakistan coaches, it will be interesting to see how long Kirsten and Gillespie survive.

According to some reports, Pakistan has been known for its high turnover of head coaches. In 2014, it was reported that Pakistan had changed its head coach 27 times since 1992. InsideSport has been tracking the changes in their coaches since after 2019 world cup. Let’s take a look at the Pakistani coaches and their timeline.

Pakistan Coaches after 2019 World cup

Coaches Duration
Misbah-ul-Haq2019–2021
Saqlain Mushtaq2021–2023
Abdul Rehman2023
 Grant Bradburn2023
 Mohammad Hafeez2023–2024
 Azhar Mahmood2024

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The coaching turbulence continues!

Misbah-ul-Haq (2019-2021)

Haq served as the head coach of Pakistan from 2019 to 2021. After Mickey Arthur departed following Pakistan’s poor performance in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

During his stint, Pakistan saw stability, especially in the Test format, with seven wins and six losses in 16 Tests. However, the team also faced setbacks in white ball formats, as they got a 3-0 defeat at home to Sri Lanka in a T20I series under his coaching.

Saqlain Mushtaq (2021-2023)

The legendary spinner also tasted the position of Pakistan coach. Under him Pakistan showed impeccable T20I performances, did well in the ICC T20 tournaments in 2021 and 2022, reaching the knockout stage both times.

However, Musthaq faced challenging times when the team under him saw defeats in the longer format. They failed to qualify for the World Test Championship final in 2023 after losing home Test series to Australia and England, due to this PCB showed him the exit door.

Abdul Rehman (2023)

Abdul Rehman was appointed as the interim head coach for the Afghanistan T20I series of the Pakistan after Musthaq left in 2023.

Pakistan has a history of using a hit-and-trial method when it comes to coaches. PCB made Rehman a scapegoat for this trend in 2023. Despite his over a decade of experience coaching various Pakistani domestic sides, his stint as interim head coach also ended in disappointment as Pakistan lost the series against Afghanistan 2-1 under him.

Grant Bradburn (2023)

After parting ways with their ‘Interim head coach’ Abdul Rehman in 2023, the PCB appointed Grant Bradburn as the coach. Pakistan’s temporary management gave him this role. But under his tenure, Pakistan witnessed a significant dip in their white-ball performance.

As they fail to make an impact in two major white-ball tournaments.The Asia Cup and the 50-over World Cup in India. This became a main reason for his removal from the position.

Mohammad Hafeez (2023-24)

However, in simple terms, nothing changed as they lost the Test series against the formidable Australia and then suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat against New Zealand.

Pakistan made another change in the year 2023 after the 2023 50-over world cup in India, appointing Mohammed Hafeez with the expectation that he would do his magic as a coach, much as he did as a player.

Azhar Mahmood (2024)

Pakistan’s former bowler, Azhar Mahmood, found himself in the coaching spotlight after the dismissal of Mohammed Hafeez. He was given the opportunity to coach Pakistan in April 2024 for the five-match T20I series against New Zealand at home.

However, Pakistan failed to make an impact against the Kiwis, only managing to draw the series. This result was nothing short of humiliating, considering they were initially considered favorites against New Zealand’s B team and  

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