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“Together we will strive,” Mohammed Hafeez looks ahead to Team Director role

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Former Test captain Mohammad Hafeez thanked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee chairman Zaka Ashraf for appointing him as Team Director Pakistan Men’s Team.

“I am honoured and excited to take on the role of Team Director for the Pakistan Men’s Cricket Team,” the PCB quoted Hafeez.

I would like to thank PCB for trusting my abilities and giving me this challenging responsibility, but I am committed to work collaboratively with the coaching staff and players to contribute in team’s success.

“Together we will strive for excellence and bring happiness for our passionate fans.”

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For the unversed, Mohammad Hafeez replaced Mickey Arthur as the Director of the Pakistan Men’s Team on Wednesday evening as the cricketing body sacked the entire coaching staff including head coach Grant Bradburn and batting coach Andrew Puttick.

“All coaches will continue to work in National Cricket Academy while PCB will announce the new coaching staff in due course for the upcoming series in Australia and New Zealand,” PCB announced in a statement.

Besides them, former South African pacer Morne Morkel has already stepped down from his position as the bowling coach of the Pakistan Men’s team.

Mohammad Hafeez, who represented Pakistan in 55 Tests, 218 ODIs and 119 T20Is, was recently part of the PCB Cricket Technical Committee but resigned from the role, a few days before the ICC World Cup 2023.

Earlier on Wednesday, the PCB also appointed Shan Masood and Shaheen Shah Afridi as Test and T20I captains respectively.

Taking to X, formerly Twitter, the PCB shared the new captains of the national team for the Test and T20I format.

The development came after star batter Babar Azam announced to step down as all-format captain following the team’s dismal performance in the ongoing World Cup 2023.

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