Former all-rounder Yasir Arafat is expected to be hired as Pakistan’s high-performance coach for the T20 series against New Zealand in January of next year. The sources say that after Pakistan’s Test series with Australia. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has chosen to replace Australian coach Simon Helmot with Arafat.
Yasir Arafat may coach New Zealand T20Is’ high-performance team
He will go to Auckland, New Zealand, on January 3 to join Pakistan’s T20 team for their T20I series against New Zealand. The first game in the series is set for January 12, and the last game will be played on January 21.
ESPN said that Arafat has only been added to the team for one game right now. As per the PCB, Helmot still has “personal commitments” after the Test series in Australia. But he is still part of the coaching staff for those games.
Sources say that the cricket board will also try to get three more players, two bowlers and one hitter. visas for New Zealand because some players aren’t healthy enough to play. As per the sources, the former all-rounder was hired because the team’s head, Mohammad Hafeez, wanted him to. Arafat has arrived in Islamabad from London.
Arafat was first hired as the bowling coach for the Pakistan Under-19 team in South Africa. He has also played club cricket in New Zealand. The former Pakistani athlete has played in 27 international games, 13 of which were T20 games. He was also on the Green Shirts team that won the T20 World Cup in 2009. But he only played one game in the big event.