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Sports

Ex-cricketers Bradburn, Saqlain get important roles in PCB

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Thursday announced the appointments of Grant Bradburn as Head of High Performance Coaching and Saqlain Mushtaq as Head of International Player Development as part of the prestigious High Performance Centre's restructuring.
Published 29 May, 2020 12:05am

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Thursday announced the appointments of Grant Bradburn as Head of High Performance Coaching and Saqlain Mushtaq as Head of International Player Development as part of the prestigious High Performance Centre's restructuring.
The restructuring is aimed at providing a clear pathway to the young and aspiring player support personnel and players within the game, a PCB spokesman said on Thursday.
In addition to the two former Test cricketers, LUMS graduate Asser Malik, who has a wide-ranging experience with various multi-national companies, has been confirmed as High Performance Operations Manager.
The three appointments have been made following a robust recruitment process that included presentations by the candidates, followed by interviews conducted by a high-powered panel that also included members of the PCB Cricket Committee, the spokesman added.
Bradburn is presently the fielding coach of the Pakistan men's national team, a role he took in September 2018 following a successful coaching stint with the Scotland men's national cricket team. An off-spinner who played seven Tests and 11 ODIs from 1990 to 2001 for New Zealand, Bradburn also coached New Zealand A and New Zealand U19. Bradburn will be responsible for raising the overall standard of player support personnel across all the high performance centres of the country. He holds a strong reputation of creating united and successful environments with a strong focus on bringing new methods on coaching through individual learning and through developing systems that provide consistent feedback, assessment and support that ultimately fosters coaches' development.
Saqlain, known for introducing the Doosra, in his first full year (1996) with the Pakistan national men's cricket team at the age of 18 established a record for the most ODI wickets in a calendar year (65). He then did even better the following year, setting a mark (69) that still stands. His impact was so great that he became the fastest bowler in history in terms of time (one year and 225 days) to reach the landmark of 100 ODI wickets, and to this day, no one else has got there in less than two years.
Saqlain has previously worked as a spin bowling coach with Bangladesh, West Indies and England men's cricket teams, apart from serving as a consultant for PCB, Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket.
Grant Bradburn said: "I am honoured that my association and relationship with Pakistan cricket continues. I consider it a privilege to work here in Pakistan among highly skilled players and coaches, while I have realised there is incredible talent and passion for the game in this country. I now aim to support our best players by enabling our current and future coaches with the skills they need to create world's best players and winning environments. In turn, this proud cricket nation will aim to become self-reliant on cricket coaching resources that are both world leading and uniquely Pakistan."
Saqlain Mushtaq said: "It is an honour and a privilege to represent Pakistan. In this background, I am delighted to have been offered this exciting opportunity to work on skilful and exciting young cricketers and help them grow in their careers. I have previously worked with a diverse group of cricketers and helped them improve their cricket. I am confident I will be able to translate all my knowledge and experience in the High Performance Centre and help the PCB raise the bar and set new benchmarks."
PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan: "The High Performance Centre is the heart of Pakistan cricket, which will ultimately set the direction of Pakistan cricket's future. I am delighted that to enhance its profile, award the status it richly deserves and modernise it on international standards, we have succeeded in assembling a team of experienced individuals who bring with them wealth of international experience, knowledge and exposure. The PCB's objective is to help the men's national team reclaim their top rankings and we will leave no stone unturned in creating opportunities and providing tools to the players to achieve these targets.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2020

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