PCB wants Viv Richards as mentor for national team during T20 World Cup

NEW DELHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is eager to enlist the legendary Vivian Richards as a ‘Mentor’ for the national team during the upcoming World T20 Cup in the Americas.

Richards has served as a mentor for the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League since 2016. According to PCB sources, current chairman Mohsin Naqvi is particularly interested in associating a prominent figure with the national team.

Additionally, with many of the Super Eights games taking place in the Caribbean, Richards’ expertise in those conditions could prove invaluable.

“Sir Viv Richards has some prior media commitments for the World Cup but things are being worked out as the Pakistani players have great respect and regard for him,” the source said.

He said if the deal goes through Richards will mentor the team in the World Cup a role fulfilled by former Australian opener, Matthew Hayden in the last two T20 World Cups in 2021 and 2022 where Pakistan reached the semi-final and final.

A PCB source also informed that PCB Chairman Naqvi had also given orders for the appointment of a foreign chief curator and Australian curator Tony Hemmings is seen as a strong candidate for the position.

Hemmings is presently employed with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), where he started in July of last year under a two-year contract.

“He applied for the Chief Curator position with the PCB and is ready to come to Pakistan,” he said.

Tony Hemmings has served as an International Cricket Soil Advisor and Consultant for the Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) in Perth and also as the Head Curator at the ICC Cricket Academy and the Dubai International Stadium.

“The PCB Chairman has given priority to improving the behavior of pitches in the country before the start of the next domestic season so Hemmings has been short-listed,” he said.


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