The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reportedly set its sights on former New Zealand cricketer Luke Ronchi for the position of head coach.

Ronchi, who currently serves as the batting coach for New Zealand, has been approached by the PCB for the role. However, sources reveal that Ronchi has requested some time to consider the offer before making a decision.

This isn’t the first time Ronchi has been on the radar of the PCB. Last year, the governing body approached Ronchi for the same position but he declined the offer, leading to the appointment of Grant Bradburn.

Bradburn, along with team director Mickey Arthur and batting coach Andrew Puttick were transferred to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore after a change in their portfolios in November 2023 and left their respective positions in January this year.

The pursuit of Ronchi comes after several other candidates, including Shane Watson, Mike Hesson, and Darren Sammy, declined coaching opportunities with the Pakistan team.


Watson cited commitments to his current coaching and commentary roles, including in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Major League Cricket, as reasons for his decision. Sammy, on the other hand, cited contractual obligations with the West Indies Cricket Board.

Luke Ronchi, known for his dual representation of both New Zealand and Australia, brings a wealth of experience to the table.

The 42-year-old has featured in international cricket across formats and has also enjoyed success in various T20 leagues around the world. He has also represented Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

With the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand looming on the horizon, the PCB is eager to finalize its coaching staff in time for the crucial matches.

In addition to considering foreign candidates like Ronchi, the PCB is also exploring the possibility of appointing local coaches to complement their coaching setup.

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