Razzaq to coach Central Punjab as PCB names coaches for 2021-22 domestic season

By: News Desk      Published: 07:22 PM, 20 Aug, 2021
Razzaq to coach Central Punjab as PCB names coaches for 2021-22 domestic season

The Pakistan Cricket Board Friday announced coaches for the 42 sides across six Cricket Associations for the 266-match 2021-22 domestic season.

After leading Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to all three titles – Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, National T20 Cup and Pakistan Cup – in the 2020-21 season, former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has been tasked with leading the coaching staff of Central Punjab’s First XI, which includes former Pakistan internationals Akram Raza and Humayun Farhat – both promoted to First XI from Central Punjab’s Second XI coaching set-up – as assistant and fielding coaches.

The appointments have been made after carrying out a 360-degree comprehensive performance review process, keeping in view the needs of the upcoming players across all rungs of the game and to further upskill the coaches by challenging them in different environments. A number of coaches who had favourable performance assessments are rewarded with promotions, while some coaches have been awarded the opportunity to step up to head coaching at various levels.

Shahid Anwar, who coached Central Punjab First XI in the last season, has been appointed as the head coach of Southern Punjab First XI. His staff includes Aizaz Cheema and Irfan Fazil as assistant and fielding coaches.

For the 2021-22 domestic season, Abdul Rehman has moved to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after heading the Southern Punjab coaching staff. The seasoned coach is joined by Riffatullah Mohmand and Muhammad Siddiq as his assistant and fielding coaches.

Ijaz Ahmed Jnr is appointed as the head coach of Northern’s First XI team. Ijaz, a former international batter with more than 13,000 runs and 171 scalps in first-class cricket, has coached Central Punjab First XI in the 2019-20 domestic season. He is joined by former Pakistan fast bowler Samiullah Niazi, who was the assistant coach of Central Punjab First XI last season, and Fahad Akram, who earns a promotion to Northern First XI after serving as assistant coach of the Cricket Association’s U19 team last season, as a fielding coach.

Former Pakistan batters Basit Ali and Faisal Iqbal will continue in their roles as head coaches of the Sindh and Balochistan First XI teams.

At Sindh, Mohammad Masroor replaces Iqbal Imam, who moves to Southern Punjab Second XI as a head coach, as the assistant coach and Hanif Malik, last season’s Sindh U19 assistant coach, has earned a promotion and will be the fielding coach of the First XI team.

Balochistan’s assistant coach, along with the head coach of Southern Punjab’s U19 and U16 sides, will be appointed following a merit-based, robust recruitment process. Hussain Khosa will continue as Balochistan First XI’s fielding coach.

The 360-degree review process was carried out by Grant Bradburn, the head of high performance coaching at the National High Performance Centre, following which he submitted his recommendations to Director – High Performance, which were subsequently approved by the Chief Executive.

Grant Bradburn: “It is very important that we continue to upskill our coaches by providing them constructive feedback regularly while challenging them in different environments, which we are hopeful will continue to grow our coaches to become contenders for Pakistan roles in the future. This will not only help us in boosting our pool of Pakistan coaching candidates but also develop strong self-reliant players by learning from multiple coaches who are ready to take on different challenges from the early stages of their careers.”

“Abdul Razzaq had a fantastic debut season as a head coach and as such he has been asked to take up the coaching role of Central Punjab’s side. This move will bring new challenges for Razzaq and I have no doubts that he will embrace them. The same logic was behind our decision to appoint Shahid Anwar and Abdul Rehman, who are the two experienced, valuable assets in our coach pathway, with the Southern Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa sides, respectively. Under the guidance of Shahid, Central Punjab scripted one of the most incredible tales in first-class cricket by staging an epic comeback in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy to share the silverware with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Under Rehman, Southern Punjab played the final of the National T20 Cup after putting up a miraculous run-chase in the semi-final and he had been with the side for two years.

“Basit Ali and Faisal Iqbal coached the First XI teams for the first time in the last season and have been given another season with Sindh and Balochistan as they continue to build their sides. We remain invested in supporting them, while they establish themselves as coaches who can create a winning environment while exposing our players to rich learning.”

The team managers will be announced in due course.

Cricket Association coaches (2021-22 domestic season)

Balochistan

First XI – Faisal Iqbal (head coach), To be appointed (assistant coach), Hussain Khosa (fielding coach)

Second XI – Habib Baloch (head coach), Shoaib Khan (assistant coach)

U19 Red – Aslam Sheikh (head coach), Mazhar Deenari (assistant coach)

U19 Blue – Hussain Khosa (head coach), Aqil Baloch (assistant coach)

U16 Red – Raj Hans (head coach), Sher Hassan Jogazai (assistant coach)

U16 Blue – Shoaib Khan (head coach), Qamar din (assistant coach)

U13 – Aman ullah Dehpal (head coach), Barkat Ali (assistant coach)

Central Punjab

First XI – Abdul Razzaq (head coach), Akram Raza (assistant coach), Humayun Farhat (fielding coach)

Second XI – Wasim Haider (head coach), Aamir Sajjad (assistant coach)

U19 Red – Humayun Farhat (head coach), Khurram Shehzad (assistant coach)

U19 Blue – Muhammad Ashraf (head coach), Ashraf Ali (assistant coach)

U16 Red – Muhammad Ashraf (head coach), Intikhab Alam (assistant coach)

U16 Blue – Humayun Farhat (head coach), Mansoor Amjad (assistant coach)

U13 – Khurram Shehzad (head coach), Faisal Khan (assistant coach)

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

First XI – Abdul Rehman (head coach), Riffatullah Mohmand (assistant coach), Muhammad Siddiq (fielding coach)

Second XI – Aftab Khan (head coach), Muhammad Aslam Qureshi (assistant coach)

U19 Red – Saqib Faqir (head coach), Muhammad Siddiq (assistant coach)

U19 Blue – Sajid Shah (head coach), Shoaib Khan (assistant coach)

U16 Red – Muhammad Siddiq (head coach), Saqib Faqir (assistant coach)

U16 Blue – Jamaluddin (head coach), Waqar Ahmed (assistant coach)

U13 – Waqar Ahmed (head coach), Ahmed Said (assistant coach)

Northern

First XI – Ijaz Ahmed Jnr (head coach), Sami Ullah Niazi (assistant coach), Fahad Akram (fielding coach)

Second XI – Fahad Masood (head coach), Afaq Raheem (assistant coach)

U19 Red – Hafiz Majeed (head coach), Fahad Akram (assistant coach)

U19 Blue – Kamran Khan (head coach), Jawad Hameed Haq (assistant coach)

U16 Red – Saeed Anwar Jnr (head coach), Tahir Mehmood (assistant coach)

U16 Blue – Raheel Majeed (head coach), Hafiz Majeed (assistant coach)

U13 – Mujahid Hameed (head coach), Haseeb Azam (assistant coach)

Sindh

First XI – Basit Ali (head coach), Mohammad Masroor (assistant coach), Hanif Malik (fielding coach)

Second XI – Ghulam Ali Ansari (head coach), Zafar Iqbal (assistant coach)

U19 Red – Azam Khan (head coach), Hanif Malik (assistant coach)

U19 Blue – Tahir Mehmood (head coach), Syed Mohtashim Ali (assistant coach)

U16 Red – Zafar Iqbal (head coach), Asim Rizvi (assistant coach)

U16 Blue – Saeed Bin Nasir (head coach), Naeem Tayyeb (assistant coach)

U13 – Rizwan Qureshi (head coach), Abid Ali Qureshi (assistant coach)

Southern Punjab

First XI – Shahid Anwar (head coach), Aizaz Cheema (assistant coach), Irfan Fazil (fielding coach)

Second XI – Syed Iqbal Imam (head coach), Zahoor Elahi (assistant coach)

U19 Red – Bilal Ahmed (head coach), Azhar Shafiq (assistant coach)

U19 Blue – To be appointed (head coach), Irfan Fazil (assistant coach)

U16 Red – Zulfiqar Babar (head coach), Rehan Rafiq (assistant coach)

U16 Blue – To be appointed (head coach), Bilal Ahmed (assistant coach)

U13 – Masood Anwar (head coach), Aamer Atta (assistant coach).

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