Pakistan appoint Trent Woodhill as new batting coach

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Woodhill will be reassessed by the PCB after the Champions Trophy

Former New Zealand assistant coach Trent Woodhill has been appointed as Pakistan’s new batting coach for the Champions Trophy, which is scheduled to begin on June 6 in England.

Woodhill will join the national team in England and, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), he is on a three-week trial period, upon where they will decide whether he is fit to continue or not.

Woodhill was recently part of the Delhi Daredevils’ support staff in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) and also has ties with the Melbourne Stars in Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL).

“He was offered a short-term role as batting coach and he has accepted it,” PCB director of international cricket, Intikhab Alam, said. “His services will be on trial and if the management is happy with his work his contract will be extended.”

The decision to hire a new batting coach was made after Pakistan’s disastrous batting display during their 3-0 whitewashing at the hands of South Africa earlier in the year.

Former Pakistan batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq had served as a batting consultant to the national team, but was not given the job as their batting coach, much to the surprise of everyone, given his record and experience in international cricket.

The PCB posted an advertisement last year, saying that they were looking for a new batting coach, and despite getting applications from ex-players such as Zaheer Abbas and Saleem Malik, the board decided that they wanted a candidate with at least a Level 3 coaching accreditation and a minimum of five years experience working with the best of the best.

“He (Woodhill) was preferred over the former players in our country only because of his qualification,” Alam said. “These days, coaching qualifications have become very necessary. He is an experienced coach and has worked with various teams, but if the experiment goes wrong, it’s a three-week contract, not a lengthy one.”

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