Islamabad, Apr 9 : The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has named former first-class cricketer Iqbal Imam as Pakistan women’s cricket team’s batting coach in place of Andy Richards of Australia.
Three-match One Day International (ODIs) series in South Africa will be Imam's first assignment with the Pakistan women cricket team.
"Iqbal will join the women’s cricket team’s training camp in Karachi, which commences under the guidance of head coach Mark Coles on 9 April. The side departs for South Africa on 29 April for three ICC Women’s Championship ODIs on 6, 9 and 12 May, which will be followed by five T20Is on 15, 18, 19, 22 and 23 May," the PCB said in a statement on Monday.
PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan heaped praises over Iqbal, he said, "Iqbal is a hardworking and committed batting coach who fits perfectly in the PCB’s vision for women’s cricket, which is to provide them with skilled individuals who will add significant value to both their development and performances."
Imam, who was former left-handed top-order batsman, scored 6,249 runs in 147 matches during his 15-year long first-class career. He has been part of the PCB coaching staff since 2007 and presently is a regional head coach of Karachi. He has previously worked as Pakistan 'A', Pakistan Under-19 and Women’s Under-17 assistant coach.
The Managing Director also extended his gratitude to the outgoing batting coach Richards for his service to Pakistan cricket. "I also want to acknowledge and put on record excellent contribution of our outgoing batting coach Andy Richards. He worked tirelessly with the girls and the improvements have been visible, we wish him the very best in his future endeavours," he said. (UNI)