The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has on Thursday (May 28) announced the appointments of Grant Bradburn and Saqlain Mushtaq as Head of High-Performance Coaching and Head of International Player Development respectively in the newly-restructured High Performance Centre in Lahore.
The latest appointments made by the PCB were the part of the prestigious High-Performance Centre’s restructuring with an aim to provide a clear pathway to the young and aspiring player support personnel and players within the game at the premier training facility in Lahore.
Former New Zealand spinner Bradburn, who is currently serving as the fielding coach of Pakistan national team, will be responsible for raising the overall standard of player support personnel across all the high performance centres of the country.
The PCB has also appointed LUMS graduate Asser Malik, who has wide-ranging experience with various multi-national companies, as High Performance Operations Manager.
A PCB statement reads: “The restructuring is aimed at providing a clear pathway to the young and aspiring player support personnel and players within the game.
The three appointments have been made following a robust recruitment process that included presentations by the candidates, followed by interviews conducted by a high-powered panel that also included members of the PCB Cricket Committee.”
Meanwhile, Bradburn said: “I am honoured that my association and relationship with Pakistan cricket continues. I consider it a privilege to work here in Pakistan among highly skilled players and coaches, while I have realised there is incredible talent and passion for the game in this country.”
He further added, “I now aim to support our best players by enabling our current and future coaches with the skills they need to create world’s best players and winning environments. I plan to succeed in creating an environment which all coaches will find challenging, productive and rewarding.”
On the other hand, former Pakistan spinner Mushtaq will be responsible for identifying, developing and preparing players to make them world-class players and he was confident to do so for his country. He has previously worked as a spin bowling coach with Bangladesh, West Indies and England
He said, “It is an honour and a privilege to represent Pakistan. In this background, I am delighted to have been offered this exciting opportunity to work on skilful and exciting young cricketers and help them grow in their careers. I am confident I will be able to translate all my knowledge and experience in the High Performance Centre and help the PCB raise the bar and set new benchmarks.”
Mushtaq signed off by saying, “I think the vision, aspirations and strategy of the PCB is heading in the right direction and, as such, it is the right time to join the high performance team in Lahore and try to take Pakistan cricket back to its glory days.”
(With IANS Inputs)