Former South African pacemaker Vernon Philander, who was added to Pakistan’s coaches unit for the 2021 T20 World Cup, expressed his excitement regarding his new role. Former No. 1 ranked bowler honored Pakistan’s skilled youth, including Mohammad Hasnain and Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Australian legend Matthew Hayden and former South African rapid Vernon Philander were appointed on Monday as Pakistan’s consultant coaches for the upcoming T20 World 2021 in the United Arab Emirates and Oman. The announcement was made moments after former captain Ramiz Raja was named 36th president of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Speaking about his new role, Vernon Philander, who retired from international cricket, at age 34, in January 2020, has expressed his enthusiasm for the new role. Calling the opportunity “huge,” former No. 1 ranked bowler praised Pakistan’s skilled pacemakers, including those of Mohammad Hasnain and “big man” Shaheen Shah Afridi.
“Obviously Ramiz called me and asked if I was interested in joining the Pakistan team. It’s a great opportunity that I couldn’t turn down. It’s also very exciting to work with a group of skilled young people, ”Philander told IOL Sport.
“Mohammad Hasnain is a very talented young bowler and of course there is the big man Shaheen Shah Afridi. I saw quite a few of them during the recent series against South Africa, and I am very excited to be working with them, “he added.
Ramiz Raja also praised Philander in making the official announcement.
“I know (Philander) well, he understands the nuances of bowling and he has a great track record in Australia,” the 59-year-old told reporters.
Earlier, shortly after the announcement of Pakistan’s selection for the T20 World Cup, Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis had resigned from the position of head coach and bowling coach, respectively. Former cricketers Saqlain Mushtaq and Abdul Razzaq have joined the team’s leadership as interim coaches for Pakistan’s white ball series against New Zealand, which begins in Rawalpindi from 17 September.