Pakistan women team is steadily making a mark for itself internationally and although the players have really shined through in recent times and one is hopeful that the team is going in the right direction with the emergence of young talented players making the cut in the national team. Unfortunately the coaching staff has been a huge concern for the team and many controversies have sprung up in the recent past regarding the coaches of Pakistan Women’s team. Now things seem to settle finally as PCB has found a competent batting coach for the women’s team.
Iqbal Imam appointed as the new coach
Just recently The Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed the appointment of former first-class cricketer Iqbal Imam as Pakistan women’s cricket team’s batting coach.
— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) April 9, 2019
Iqbal is a highly competent former cricketer who has played first-class cricket for 15 years in which he scored 6,249 runs in 147 matches. He hit nine centuries and 32 half-centuries, and ended his career in 2005 at a healthy average of just over 30.
Iqbal also has a lot of experience in the coaching department as he has mentored teams in different capacities. He has been part of the PCB coaching staff since 2007 and currently serving as the regional head coach of Karachi. He has also previously worked as Pakistan “A”, Pakistan Under-19 and Women’s Under-17 assistant coach.
On the appointment of Iqbal Imam as coach of Pakistan Women team, PCB’s Managing Director Wasim Khan said:
“Iqbal is a hardworking and committed batting coach who fits perfectly in the PCB’s vision for women’s cricket, which is to provide them with skilled individuals who will add significant value to both their development and performances.”
The first big task for the coach
Post appointment the first big task for the batting coach will be Pakistan’s tour to South Africa. Iqbal will first join the women’s cricket team’s training camp in Karachi, which commences under the close sight of head coach Mark Coles on 9 April. Pakistan Women team will then depart for South Africa on 29 April for three ICC Women’s Championship ODIs on 6, 9 and 12 May, which will be followed by five T20Is on 15, 18, 19, 22 and 23 May.
The South Africa tour is particularly important in this regard as it will allow the team to prepare well for ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 next year. Moreover, a win against South Africa will help the girls to keep the momentum up which is already on a high after a historic 2-1 series victory against Windies Women team. Iqbal surely has the potential to take the team to new heights, let’s see if he can be successful in this task or not.