Former Australian all-rounder star Shane Watson has emerged as a prominent candidate for the role of Pakistan cricket team’s head coach, as per sources.

The 42-year-old, currently serving as the head coach of the Quetta Gladiators in the ongoing PSL 9, is under consideration for the role.

Notably, the position of head coach of Pakistan has been vacant since PCB decided to sack Grant Bradburn, who served in the role under team director Mickey Arthur.

Arthur was replaced by Mohammad Hafeez, but the position of head coach remained vacant as Hafeez preferred specialized batting and bowling coaches.

Source: PCB

However, Hafeez’s contract was not renewed under new PCB management and now a new head coach will soon take over.

In addition to Watson, Mike Hesson and Daren Sammy are also in contention for the coaching roles.

Hesson is presently the head coach for Islamabad United, while Sammy holds the same position at Peshawar Zalmi in the ongoing PSL.

Meanwhile, legendary cricketer Sir Vivian Richards is being considered for a mentorship role within the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).


Under the leadership of Mohsin Naqvi, the PCB aims to assemble a robust coaching staff for the national cricket team.

However, securing renowned coaches presents challenges due to their commitments across various leagues worldwide.

As Pakistan gears up for potential coaching transitions and international fixtures, the selection of seasoned mentors could shape the future trajectory of the national cricket team.

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