Vernon Philander excited to work with skillful Pakistan youngsters

CAPE TOWN – Former Proteas seamer Vernon Philander is “excited to work with a group of skillful youngsters” after being appointed Pakistan bowling coach for the upcoming T20 World Cup on Monday.

Philander, 36, retired from worldwide cricket after the ultimate Test in opposition to England final year on the Wanderers, however was nonetheless anticipated to end up for Western Province this coming season within the newly-formed Cricket SA provincial structure.

Philander, who has no earlier formal teaching expertise, will as a substitute be part of up with former Australian Test batsman Matthew Hayden in a revamped Pakistan teaching set-up after Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis resigned after the announcement of the 15-man squad for the T20 World Cup to be held within the United Arab Emirates and Oman subsequent month.

The Pakistan Cricket Board additionally unveiled a brand new chief government Ramiz Raja on Monday, with the previous World Cup-winning opening batsman being nominated by legendary Pakistan captain and present Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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“Ramiz obviously called me up and asked if I was interested in joining the Pakistan team. It is a huge opportunity which I couldn’t turn down. It’s also really exciting to work with a group of skilful youngsters,” Philander advised IOL Sport.

“Mohammad Hasnain is a really talented young bowler, and of course, there’s the big guy Shaheen Shah Afridi. I saw quite a bit of them during the recent series against South Africa and I am really excited to be working with them.”

Pakistan have a proud historical past of manufacturing world-class quick bowlers corresponding to Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akthar and Mohammad Amir. Their data and understanding of the artwork of tempo bowling, and notably reverse-swing can also be world famend, which locations Philander underneath strain from the outset in his new position, particularly as he has no prior formal teaching expertise.

“It’s international cricket. There is always pressure, no matter which team you are a part of,” he stated.

“I would like to think that I can add value in terms of bringing some form of consistency to this young attack. They are an exciting group and and they also want to head in a direction where they play an attacking brand of cricket which is exciting to be a part of.”

Rameez was assured that Philander’s appointment will profit Pakistan cricket.

“I know him (Philander) well, he understands the nuances of bowling and has a great record in Australia,” Rameez stated.

Philander’s departure is the second former Protea to depart South African shores lately to pursue a training job abroad. Former Test and ODI batsman Ashwell Prince additionally left his job as head coach at Western Province to be part of the Bangladesh nationwide workforce as their batting guide. Bangladesh’s head coach is former Proteas coach Russell Domingo.


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