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Mohammad Hafeez replaces Mickey Arthur as PCB begins major overhaul

10:45 PM | 15 Nov, 2023
Mohammad Hafeez
Source: PCB

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday appointed former cricketer Mohammad Hafeez the director of Pakistan men’s cricket team.

The move comes in the wake of Pakistan cricket team's poor performance in the ICC World Cup 2023 in India and early exit from the mega cricket event. 

Hafeez has replaced Mickey Arthur and his appointment comes hours after Babar Azam stepped down as the national side's captain from all three formats. Babar rejected the PCB's offer to retain the Test captaincy.

The board, along with the team management and skipper has been facing criticism over the team's below-par performance in the Asia Cup followed by early elimination from the ongoing World Cup 2023 — where the Men in Green failed to reach the semis.

"Former Test captain Mohammad Hafeez has been given the responsibility of Director – Pakistan Men’s Cricket Team," the statement from the PCB said.

"Hafeez was recently part of the PCB Cricket Technical Committee," the statement added.

Meanwhile, the board has also made changes to the portfolio of coaching staff.

"All coaches will continue to work in the National Cricket Academy," the PCB said while highlighting that the new coaching staff for the upcoming series in Australia and New Zealand will be announced soon.

Earlier, following Azam's decision to step down as the team's captain — after meeting PCB Management Committee Chairman Zaka Ashraf — the board appointed Shan Masood and Shaheen Shah Afridi as Test and T20Is skippers, respectively.

Masood will serve as the team's captain till the end of the ICC World Test Championship 2023-25 — with the three-match "away" Test series against Australia starting on 14 December.

The board, while commenting on the 29-year-old's decision to step down from the post, said: “The PCB respects his decision and continues to support him as a player.”

"He [Babar] is one of the best batters Pakistan has ever produced. He is our asset, and we will continue to support him," Ashraf said while lauding the right-hand batter.

"We want to see him grow as a great batter and now without his additional burden of the captaincy, he can focus more on his performances."

"We respect his decision and will continue to back him," he added.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 17 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 17, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293.15 for buying and 296.1 for selling while British Pound stands at 344.25 for buying, and 347.6 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 17 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293.15 296.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 344.25 347.6
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 911.26
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 58.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 166.75
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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