David Hemp appointed as head coach of Pakistan
Pakistan Cricket Board has announced that David Hemp, former Bermuda cricketer who is now based out of Australia, has been appointed as the head coach of the Pakistan team. The board made the announcement via press release on Thursday (October 1).
Hemp has played 22 ODIs for Bermuda scoring 641 run with one century and four half-centuries. The 49-year-old has also scored more than 15,000 First-Class runs for Glamorgan, Free State and Warwickshire in 271 First-Class matches. After his playing days, Hemp took up to coaching and is a qualified UK Level 4 coach. Over the years, he has coached the Victoria women’s team in Australian domestic circuit, and Melbourne Stars in the Women’s Big Bash League.
The acting head of Pakistan Women’s Wing and Chair of Women’s Selection Committee Urooj Mumtaz said that Hemp’s experience and knowledge on working around women’s cricket development would be critical to their strategy.
“David has worked for five years in Australia with the Melbourne and Victoria women’s sides, and he is a perfect fit for the role we are looking for as he will be able to use the experience and knowledge to translate into our system that will ultimately benefit Pakistan women’s cricket.”
Hemp will be taking over from Iqbal Imam and will be coaching the Pakistan team in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier next year. Hemp had to compete with 38 other coaches who were interested in the job and was eventually selected in the final interview conducted by Mumtaz, Wasim Khan (PCB Chief Executive) and Grant Bradburn (Head of International Coach Development).
Mumtaz was confident that the players would make the most of Hemp’s expertise and work ethics, adding, “I am sure David will have an enjoyable time when he relocates to Pakistan to join the elite company of illustrious coaching staff of Atiq-uz-Zaman, Grant Bradburn, Mohammad Yousuf, Mohammad Zahid, and Saqlain Mushtaq at our National High Performance Centre,” she concluded.