Multan Sultan on Tuesday made history as they appointed Catherine Dalton as their fast-bowling coach for the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL) season. At just 30 years old, Dalton became the first female coach in PSL history. Not only that, but she also became the first female fast-bowling coach for a top-tier men’s team. The official announcement of this milestone decision is scheduled for later today.

Born in England, Dalton acquired Irish citizenship in 2015 and went on to represent Ireland in four ODIs and four T20Is. Her cricketing journey has led her to Pakistan on two prior occasions. She collaborated closely with various fast bowlers, including Mohammad Ilyas, Sameen Gul, Arshad Iqbal, as well as several talented Under-19 players.

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Notably, Dalton holds an ECB-certified Level 3 Advanced Coach certification, boasting an impressive coaching pedigree. Her prior roles include positions at the national fast-bowling academy in the UK and the Ultimate Pace Foundation in India. Additionally, Dalton served as the assistant head coach at the UK-based National Fast-Bowling Academy, collaborating with notable figures such as Ian Pont and Andre Nel.

Catherine Dalton’s reaction

Dalton expressed her enthusiasm over her appointment. “Having worked in Pakistan with some of the Multan Sultan players on two previous visits, I am thrilled to be officially joining the franchise at the PSL. The significance of being a female fast-bowling coach in a major men’s T20 franchise is not lost on me. I am humbled by the opportunity and cannot wait to make a meaningful impact on multiple levels.”

Ali Tareen, the owner of Multan Sultans, expressed his confidence in Dalton’s coaching abilities. “Catherine has been a part of our player-development programme for nearly five years now. I have witnessed firsthand how she has contributed to the improvement of players. I am delighted that her first opportunity has come at the Sultans.”

Tareen’s commitment to gender inclusivity in coaching and management roles has been a defining aspect of his leadership. He emphasized, “It’s about providing equal opportunities. We welcome more female candidates to apply for these roles as well.” The franchise aims to have a total of three female coaches in place before the next PSL season.

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