Umar Gul is likely to step into the role of Pakistan team’s bowling coach, succeeding Morne Morkel, who recently concluded his six-month contract, according to sources reported on Monday.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officially confirmed Morkel’s resignation as the men’s team’s bowling coach. Morkel, the former South African fast bowler, had joined the Pakistan team in June earlier this year.
Former pacer Umar Gul, who previously served as the team’s bowling coach, is expected to take on the role once again, as per the sources. Gul expressed his willingness to work with the Pakistan team, stating that though the PCB hasn’t approached him yet, it would be an honor for him to contribute again.
The decision comes on the heels of Pakistan’s less-than-ideal performance in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023.
Morkel, during his coaching tenure, guided the national team to a 2-0 victory in a two-match Test series against Sri Lanka and oversaw a one-day international (ODI) series against Afghanistan, resulting in Pakistan white-washing their opponents. He also coached the team during the Asia Cup and the World Cup.
Morne Morkel, aged 38, boasts an impressive career, serving the South African cricket team in 318 international matches and claiming a total of 544 wickets. His international wickets include 309 in Test matches, 188 in ODIs, and 47 in T20Is.
Looking ahead, Pakistan is gearing up for a three-match Test series against Australia, commencing next month.
The West Test Schedule
- First Test: December 14-18, Perth Stadium
- Second Test: December 26-30, MCG
- Third Test: January 3-7, SCG