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Netizens stunned as PCB announce 17-member team management for Australia tour

Netizens stunned as PCB announce 17-member team management for Australia tour

Pakistan cricket team fans were left shocked and frustrated after PCB announced a 17-member team management for 18-member players’ squad.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday announced a 17-member team management for Pakistan team’s upcoming Test tour to Australia, which is scheduled to take place from 14 December to 7 January.

While the PCB had already announced the appointment of Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal as pace and spin coach, respectively, the board named other support staffs who are set to travel with the team.

Former England cricketer Adam Hollioake has been hired as the batting coach, while Simon Grant Helmot will serve as the high performance coach on the tour.

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However, the Pakistan cricket team fans were left shocked and frustrated after the announcement and questioned whether all the positions are really essential for touring.

“Just one short of the total number of players”, a fan posted on X.

“I’m available as an Executive Assistant to Director to manage all the affairs”, another fan sarcastically commented.

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Notably, the Pakistan Cricket Board released head coach Grant Bradburn, team director Mickey Arthur, and batting coach Andrew Puttick after the team’s disappointing show in the World Cup 2023 in India.

Former South African pacer Morne Morkel had also resigned as team’s bowling coach two days after the team’s elimination from the tournament.

Earlier, Pakistan named a 18-member squad for the upcoming Test series against Australia.

Pakistan squad for Australia Tests: Shan Masood (captain), Aamir Jamal, Abdullah Shafique, Abrar Ahmed, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Khurram Shahzad, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Noman Ali, Saim Ayub, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Saud Shakeel and Shaheen Shah Afridi.

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