Pakistan’s former off-spinner Saqlian Mushtaq is likely to be announced as the national team’s head coach for the upcoming 2021 T20 World Cup. Saqlain was previously announced as the interim head coach for the now-canceled series against New Zealand and England.
The legendary off-spinner is currently working as Head of International Player Development and Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) National High-Performance Center. Saqlain has also previously worked with England’s national team as their spin bowling consultant.
The 44-year old is regarded as one of the best coaches in Pakistan currently and his work at the NHPC has been highly appreciated by the higher-ups in the PCB.
Saqlain’s official announcement as Pakistan’s new head coach is expected to be made by the newly elected PCB chairman, Ramiz Raja, in the next few days.
Pakistan has already acquired the services of the legendary Australian batsman, Matthew Hayden, as the batting consultant and the former South African seamer, Vernon Philander, as the bowling consultant for the T20 World Cup.
Philander is expected to join the national team squad on 6 October in Lahore as the national team players will be active in the National T20 Cup, while Hayden will join the squad in Dubai after concluding his responsibilities as an analyst for the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).
The Men in Green will leave for Dubai for the T20 World Cup on 15 October, after the conclusion of the National T20 cup.