ESPNcricinfo understands that the PCB will merge the roles of team director and head coach into one, with the former Pakistani all-rounder taking up the dual role for three Test matches in Australia and five T20Is in New Zealand in December and January.
It is an important step for the 43-year-old Hafeez, who last played for Pakistan two years ago and has no coaching experience so far. But it is understood that the current administration considers it unnecessary to have two separate roles for team director and head coach.
In fact, till the beginning of this year, there was no team director in Pakistan. Former PCB chairman Najam Sethi, who had made no secret of his pursuit of Arthur, made an agreement with him under which Arthur would travel with the team for certain series and tournaments while he would no longer be with the team under leadership. Would keep vigil if we could. Grant Bradburn’s. When both Arthur and Bradburn were in the team, it was felt that there was not much difference between their specific jobs, something that has prompted the current PCB administration to do away with the additional role.
Pakistan will leave for Australia on 30 November, and play practice games against the Prime Minister’s XI at the Manuka Oval from 6 to 9 December. The first Test will start in Perth on 14 December. After three Tests, the team will also play five Tests. T20I in New Zealand.