Dean Jones has garnered a lot of attention from the fans in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) during his four-year stint as the coach of Islamabad United franchise. His suits, the mysterious red book (his own coaching manual) and his role in the rare feat of winning two championships made him an important cog in the wheel but he has been shown the door today by the franchise owners.
Dean has been removed from the coaching position for the upcoming PSL season despite his services for the franchise and he isn't amused with the decision.
Dean Jones represented Australia in 52 Test matches and amassed 3,631 runs at an average of 46.55. Also, he scored 6,068 runs in the One day format that included seven centuries. He is credited for redefining the game with his aggressive approach towards batting.
He took to Twitter today to express his disappointment over the management's plan to not extend his contract.
Earlier today Dean had a discussion with Islamabad United owners Amna Naqvi and Ali Naqvi who informed him regarding their decision to parting ways with him.
"After some discussion with the owners of Islamabad United franchise Ali and Amna, well they have decided to go on with the new coach [for the next edition].
"Slightly disappointed, it must be said after the fact that we have won two championships and won six playoffs from eight over the tournament," Dean remarked.
This decision came on the back of Dean's public disapproval last month over the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) decision to appoint Misbah-ul-Haq as the head coach and chief selector.
Misbah has captained the franchise and led the team to victory in the inaugural edition. According to some media reports, he was slated for the 'team mentor' position for PSL 5 but backed off from the proposal after taking on the dual role with Pakistan national team, possibly due to conflict of interest issues.
Dean was indispensable to the franchise and contributed to its overwhelming success over the years and said he thoroughly enjoyed his time with the players, staff and the fans.
"It’s been a wonderful four years I have had with them, seen some young kids go onto play for Islamabad and go on to play for Pakistan. It’s been a lot of thrill and winning championships and having some great staff. It’s been a magnificent journey along the way. I really had some fun," he added.
In response to Dean's message, Islamabad United responded in a tweet in which they wished him well with his future endeavours.
Thank you #Ustaad @ProfDeano for an amazing 4 seasons. Your contributions to #ISLU will always be cherished. We wish you the best of luck with your future endeavors. #Sherus are preparing for the coming season. Some big announcements coming soon! #UnitedWeWin #DimaghSe pic.twitter.com/nE63rku07w— Islamabad United (@IsbUnited) November 6, 2019
Dean tried something different during his coaching career; he was always involved with the players in the dugout, shared his tactical acumen, and had a red book with him in which he took notes. Moreover, his attire was also quite unique from the other coaches.
"Also, I would like to thank the fans. It’s been a really good time we had with fans, I hope you enjoyed the red book and the suit. More importantly, I want to thank the players; you have been nothing short of outstanding.
In the video message, after sharing his indignation, he then thanked the franchise owners for the coaching opportunity. He also said there is some big news coming for everybody in the near future.
"And thanks again Amna and Ali for the wonderful privilege to be the head coach for four years at Islamabad. Wish you all the best for the future.
Well, I have got some news and some very big news coming your way in a few days time. Thanks very much, Islamabad United. All the very best," Dean said.