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Saqlain Mushtaq, Grant Bradburn appointed to key posts at PCB's High Performance Centre
PCB Appointments

Saqlain Mushtaq, Grant Bradburn appointed to key posts at PCB's High Performance Centre

The PCB has announced the appointments of Saqlain Mushtaq and Grant Bradburn as Head of International Player Development and Head of High Performance Coaching respectively as part of the board's High Performance Centre restructuring policy.

Additionally, the PCB has hired the services of Asser Malik, who will serve as the High Performance Operations Manager.

These three appointments are in line with PCB's intentions of revamping the National Cricket Academy and domestic cricket affairs. Earlier this month, former Test spinner Nadeem Khan was selected for the role of Director - High Performance.

Saqlain remains one of Pakistan's most decorated spin bowlers, managing to pick 496 wickets across formats in an illustrious international career.

Post-retirement, the pioneer of the 'doosra' delivery worked as a spin bowling coach with Bangladesh, West Indies and England. His impact on England's spinners, in particular, has been widely covered with the likes of Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali crediting him for their improvement.

Saqlain, who has also been a consultant for PCB, Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket, said: “It is an honour and a privilege to represent Pakistan. In this background, I am delighted to have been offered this exciting opportunity to work on skilful and exciting young cricketers and help them grow in their careers."

“I have previously worked with a diverse group of cricketers and helped them improve their cricket. I am confident I will be able to translate all my knowledge and experience in the High Performance Centre and help the PCB raise the bar and set new benchmarks."

“Before agreeing to the role, I had a look at a number of things, including the cricketing environment and people I will be working with. I think the vision, aspirations and strategy of the PCB is heading in the right direction and, as such, it is the right time to join the high performance team in Lahore and try to take Pakistan cricket back to its glory days.”

Bradburn is Pakistan's current fielding coach and will vacate his position to take on the role of Head of High Performance Coaching. His replacement in the men’s national cricket team will be revealed in due course.

Bradburn's distinguished portfolio has seen him witness successful coaching stints with Scotland, New Zealand A and New Zealand U19. He harbours a reputation of creating productive environments through his unique methods of coaching.

“I am honoured that my association and relationship with Pakistan cricket continues. I consider it a privilege to work here in Pakistan among highly skilled players and coaches, while I have realised there is incredible talent and passion for the game in this country," the former Black Caps player said.

“I now aim to support our best players by enabling our current and future coaches with the skills they need to create world’s best players and winning environments. In turn, this proud cricket nation will aim to become self-reliant on cricket coaching resources that are both world-leading and uniquely Pakistan.

“I have attended meetings with other members of the High Performance Centre and have been impressed with their approach, vision and strategy. I am looking forward to making a meaningful contribution during my time at the High Performance Centre and I plan to succeed in creating an environment which all coaches will find challenging, productive and rewarding.”

The individuals were selected after a robust recruitment process including interviews with the PCB Cricket Committee.

PCB CEO Wasim Khan looked forward to the trio of Nadeem, Saqlain and Bradburn working in unison for the betterment of Pakistan cricket.

“The High Performance Centre is the heart of Pakistan cricket, which will ultimately set the direction of Pakistan cricket’s future. The unique skills and understanding that each of these individuals have of their specific areas will help create alignment to International standards and best practices," he said.

“The PCB’s objective is to help the men’s national team reclaim their top rankings and we will leave no stone unturned in creating opportunities and providing tools to the players to achieve these targets.

“I am confident the team of Nadeem Khan, Grant Bradburn and Saqlain Mushtaq will create greater alignment between domestic and International cricket, make our high performance programs relevant in the modern world and will drive the standards and levels of professionalism required within our system.”