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The Pakistan Cricket Board Monday appointed former first-class cricketer Iqbal Imam as Pakistan women’s batting coach for next month’s ICC Women’s Championship fixture against South Africa. 

Imam's first-class career spans over 15 years in which he scored 6,249 runs in 147 matches. He hit nine centuries and 32 half-centuries.

Imam has been part of the PCB coaching staff since 2007 and presently is the regional head coach of Karachi. He has previously worked as Pakistan “A”, Pakistan Under-19 and Women’s Under-17 assistant coach. 

Imam will join the women’s cricket team’s training camp in Karachi, which commences under head coach Mark Coles on 9 April. The side departs 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. 

“Imam is a hardworking and committed batting coach who fits perfectly in the PCB’s vision for women’s cricket," PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan said according to a PCB release.

“Imam's appointment is also a testament to the PCB’s commitment to reward and promote all the top performers, while also creating merit-based coaching opportunities for talented Pakistani coaches," Khan added.

“The tour to South Africa is an important one as our team will like to build on their recent success against the Windies and move up the points table. In addition to this, this challenging tour also provides a chance for the Pakistan girls to prepare for next year’s ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.

“I also want to acknowledge and put on record excellent contribution of our outgoing batting coach Andy Richards. He worked tirelessly with the girls and the improvements have been visible, we wish him the very best in his future endeavours.”

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