Pakistan Cricket Board advertises for senior women’s team head coach's job

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Pakistan Cricket Board advertises for senior women’s team head coach's job

Pakistan players during a training session. © PCB

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has advertised for the position of the senior national women team’s head coach. The position has been vacant after the PCB decided not to renew interim coach Iqbal Imam’s contract that expired a few weeks ago. Iqbal took up the role following Mark Coles’ departure last year in October.

Iqbal coached the side till the T20 World Cup where Pakistan bowed out in the group stages in Australia in February-March. Following that, he has returned to the national high-performance centre coaching set-up.

According to the requirements listed by PCB, the candidate should have a Level-II cricket coaching accreditation and, at least, three years’ working experience in a similar role with international men or women cricketers. While Test cricketers will be given preference, First-Class cricketers having 10 years of experience may also apply for the position.

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The Bismah Maroof-led side had a great run in the second edition of the ICC ODI Championship, which ran from 2017-20. They whitewashed Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka, secured a maiden ODI series win against the West Indies and also tied 1-1 with South Africa and had also defeated New Zealand for the first time in an ODI.

After they were forced to split points with India, Pakistan finished fifth in the eight-team event, thereby missing out on an opportunity for automatic qualification for the next edition of the  World Cup, which has been postponed to February-March 2022.

In the T20 World Cup, Pakistan started with a bang before going down against South Africa and England. Their last game against Thailand was abandoned at the half-away stage due to rain. With the ICC postponing all-women events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, their next assignment will be in 2021 when they will feature in the World Cup 2022 Qualifier.