The Pakistan Cricket Board has not abandoned its practise of experimenting with the national team. This time, PCB has hired Shaun Tait, a fast Australian bowler, as a bowling coach. The former Australian fast bowler has joined the coaching staff of Pakistan’s men’s cricket squad along with Pakistan’s legendary Saqlain Mushtaq and Mohammad Yousaf. Tait has limited coaching experience, having served as the bowling consultant for the Afghanistan cricket team for only five months. Aside from Afghanistan, the Australian fast bowler has never coached before.
For the year 2022, Pakistan’s men’s cricket squad has a packed schedule. Apart from important tournaments like Asia Cup and the T20I Men’s Cricket Worldcup, Pakistan will play bilateral series against Australia, West Indies, Sri Lanka, England, New Zealand, and Afghanistan during the year.
Pakistan Cricket board has appointed the former Aussie cricketer for the one year term at the crucial time when the Australia’s men cricket team is visiting Pakistan after 24 years for a bilateral series starting next month. Saqlain Mushtaq will remain as head coach for another 12 months, while Mohammad Yousuf will be the batting coach for the Australia series, according to a PCB release.
On his appointment as Bowling coach for Pakistan’s Men Cricket Team, Tait in his video message has said, “I am ecstatic to be joining the Pakistan cricket team as the fast bowling coach, and this is without a doubt a massive responsibility for me.” He further said, “Pakistan is a vast cricketing nation with a history of producing some outstanding fast bowlers.” “Good bowlers include Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah Hassan Ali, and Muhammad Abbas, to mention a few. I’m really looking forward to working with these individuals. I can’t wait for this chance any longer.”
He played three tests, 35 ODIs, and 21 T20s for Australia, Due to chronic elbow ailments, Shaun Tait declared his retirement from all formats of the game in 2017. Tait had retired from first-class cricket and one-day international cricket in 2009 and 2011, respectively. The former fast bowler had a key role in Australia’s 2007 World Cup victory in the West Indies, where he was the tournament’s joint-second top wicket-taker with 23 dismissals.
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