Coles to coach Pakistan’s women cricket team

ISLAMABAD: Kiwi cricket coach Mark Coles is all set to take charge of Pakistan’s women cricket team against New Zealand next month.

Pakistan women team will play four Twenty20 against New Zealand, along with three ODIs. The ICC Women Championship will run over a four-year cycle in which all the teams will play three ODIs against each other either at home or away. The first round matches between Pakistan and New Zealand will be played at Sharjah on October 31, November 2 and November 5. The four T20s will be played on November 8, 9, 12 and 14.

Talking to reporter, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official confirmed that Coles will coach the Pakistan women players. However according to stuff.co.nz, Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur suggested Coles name for the job.

Coles said the gig will help his coaching development, and he hopes to help improve a group of players who are on the rise in women’s cricket. Coles also suggested taking some of the expectation off the players shoulders could help them to play with freedom on the pitch.

Pakistan are well known for their passionate fans, and dealing with that is something Coles hopes to help the players with against New Zealand.

“Obviously the public just want them to win, like any international team. The team has been developing really nicely so hopefully we can continue that.”

Coles said it will feel strange coaching against New Zealand, and several players he knows well. Pakistan’s women lost all seven matches at the Cricket World Cup, finishing eighth in the round robin.