ESPNcricinfo understands that the PCB will merge the roles of team manager and head coach into one, a dual role that the former Pakistan pacer will execute in three Test matches in Australia and five T20I matches in New Zealand, in December and January.
It is an important step for Hafeez, 43, who last played for Pakistan two years ago and has no coaching experience yet. But it is understood that the current management consider the separate roles of team manager and head coach unnecessary.
In fact, Pakistan did not have a team manager until earlier this year. Former PCB president Najam Sethi, who has made no secret of his pursuit of Arthur, struck a deal with him that would see Arthur travel with the team for certain series and tournaments, while maintaining supervision when he could not be with the team under supervision. Grant Bradburn. When both Arthur and Bradburn were with the team, it was felt that there was no clear distinction between their specific jobs, which prompted current PCB management to eliminate the additional role.
Pakistan depart for Australia on November 30, playing a warm-up match against the Prime Minister’s XI at Manuka Oval from December 6-9. The first Test begins in Perth on December 14. After the three Tests, the side will also play five T20Is in New Zealand.