On Sunday, May 13, Grant Bradburn was formally appointed as the head coach of the national side by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Bradburn, who was hired as the interim coach in April after a difficult hiring process by the top board, is now expected to sign a two-year contract with the team.
Notably, he provided support during the Men in Green’s recent home series against New Zealand, which they won 4-1 in the five-match ODI series and 2-2 in the five-match T20I series. Najam Sethi, the head of the PCB, announced Bradburn’s appointment and expressed gratitude for having him on board for the upcoming two years.
“I am thrilled to announce Grant Bradburn as our men’s side’s head coach. Bradburn brings a wealth of coaching expertise to the team. He is an excellent choice to lead our team ahead because he is familiar with our culture and cricket philosophy from his previous work with our men’s side and at the National Cricket Academy, according to Sethi in a news release.
“Bradburn’s hiring is another step in our endeavors to put together a highly skilled coaching panel so our players may benefit from their expertise and conquer world cricket in all three formats,” Sethi continued. “After the announcement of Mickey Arthur as team director.
We have been putting a lot of effort into improving: Bradburn, Grant
Pakistan is scheduled to play in a three-match ODI series against Afghanistan before the Asia Cup 2023 and the ODI World Cup in India. Prior to becoming the director of high-performance coaching in 2021, Bradburn worked as a fielding coach in 2018 and afterwards as such.
After being hired, Bradburn acknowledged his appreciation for the chance and said that he and Team Director Mickey Arthur will work to improve the level of play and develop the players.
“It is a huge honor for me to serve as head coach of a team that is as talented and skilled as Pakistan. We have been putting a lot of effort into improving, and we can’t wait to show off our developing abilities. Mickey Arthur and I are eager to assist, push, and help our players grow. The New Zealand series has been beneficial for getting game time and for clarifying roles, culture, and brand in order to succeed, according to Bradburn.