LAHORE: The PCB has appointed Mark Coles as head coach of the Pakistan women’s team for the upcoming series against New Zealand in the UAE. The move to bring in a foreigner – Coles is from New Zealand – in the coaching staff is a part of an ongoing revamp in the women’s circuit.
A PCB release said that Coles’ appointment was “on trial basis”, where he will be working as a volunteer with the national team and assigned only for the upcoming New Zealand series.
The team, under the leadership of Sana Mir, lost all seven matches at the Women’s World Cup earlier this year and finished last on the points table. In a scathing report presented by coach Sabhi Azhar after Pakistan’s poor show in the tournament, he singled out the captain, manager and a few senior players as the reason for the winless campaign.
The PCB is assessing the report to identify the problems and intends to revamp the entire structure, which may see a few sackings, some recruitments and even a change of captaincy.
“We have tried so many Pakistani coaches till date without better results,” PCB chairman Najam Sethi told ESPNcricinfo. “It is time to get more professional input into women’s cricket like we have successfully done with the men’s national team.
The intention is to set up a professional management team that will be given time to deliver results.”
Coles, who has played six List A games for Wellington, comes with an extensive coaching background in the New Zealand and Australian domestic circuit.
He was previously development manager for Waikato Valley and held several coaching jobs, working as a high-performance manager for the Western Australia and Wellington women’s cricket teams. Agencies
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