Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Pakistan Junior League announces first-season coaching staff

During the first season of the Pakistan Junior League, which will begin on October 6 and continue through October 21 at the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore, six teams will compete in a total of 19 matches, and some of the most prominent coaches from Pakistan’s senior and under-19 teams will be in charge of those teams.

The team is coached by Gordon Parsons and Toby Radford, both of whom are from outside the United States. Two of the five coaches that were hired for the PCB Pathway Programme are named Parsons and Radford respectively. This week, Radford will be joining the program, and once the event support period begins in the last week of September, he will connect with his PJL team and begin working together.

In the first season of the league, Parsons will serve as the head coach of Bahawalpur, while Radford will be in charge of coaching Rawalpindi. Ijaz Ahmed Snr, who is now coaching Northern in the Kingdom Valley National T20 Cup 2022-23, will be in charge of the coaching staff for Gujranwala. Ahmed Snr is also the coach for Pakistan U19 and Shaheens.

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Mushtaq Ahmed, now the head coach of Balochistan and the spin bowling consultant for the PCB, will be the head coach of the Gwadar side, while Abdul Razzaq, currently the head coach of Central Punjab, will be in charge of the support staff for Hyderabad.

Abdur Rehman, currently the head coach of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, will take over the same role with Mardan.

In addition, specialized coaches have been allotted to each of the six teams in order to provide support for the head coaches.

Imran Farhat, a former Pakistan Test opener who is currently associated with Central Punjab, has agreed to take on the role of batting coach for Bahawalpur. Aizaz Cheema, a former bowler for Pakistan in tests, is currently a member of the coaching staff for Southern Punjab and will serve as the bowling coach for Gujranwala.

PCB coach Kamran Khan, who is now associated with Northern, will be taking over as the batting coach for Gwadar, and Sindh head coach Ghulam Ali will be joining Razzaq in the Hyderabad dugout as the batting coach.

Mohammad Sami, a former fast bowler for Pakistan, will make his first coaching appearance when he takes over the bowling coaching duties for Mardan.

Rawalpindi’s batting coach will be Muhammad Masroor, who has extensive experience coaching at the under-19 and age-group levels.

The player draft for the Pakistan Junior League will take place today in Lahore. The PJL squads will be chosen by the head coaches and assistant coaches for each team.

The remaining members of the support staff for each of the six teams will be revealed at the appropriate time.

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