Mark Coles has stepped down as Pakistan national women’s team head coach citing family reasons. Batting coach Iqbal Imam has been named as interim head coach for the upcoming series in Bangladesh.
Coles took over the charge in October 2017 and his contract was due to end after the T20 World Cup in Australia next year.
“It is with a very heavy heart that I have decided to step down from my coaching role, something which I had enjoyed tremendously,” said Coles.
“However, at this time my family responsibilities are such that they need my undivided attention and focus.”
Coles stayed in Lahore during his tenure and said he had no doubts that Pakistan side will make an excellent progress in the future.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Lahore and working with the women’s team as well as all those who are associated with women’s cricket. It was particularly pleasing to see some of the girls grow in stature and make their team and country proud.
“I will miss working with all these girls and will always remain their supporter and well-wisher. I have no doubts the Pakistan national women’s team will continue to make an upward progress.”
Under his watch, Pakistan won nine of their 28 ODIs including a first series win against the West Indies (2-1).
The hunt for Coles’ successor will begin shortly with T20 World Cup only five months away.