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Umar Gul to remain as Pakistan’s bowling coach for New Zealand series

ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistani speedster Umar Gul will continue to serve as the national squad’s interim bowling coach alongside head coach Abdur Rehman for the upcoming home series against New Zealand.

The two coaches will be with the team from the start of the national camp on April 7 until the end of the New Zealand series.

Gul and Rehman were both members of Pakistan’s coaching staff during the recent away series against Afghanistan. On April 11, Pakistan’s batting coach Andrew Puttick, and Grant Bradburn (coach or deputy to Mickey Arthur) are expected to join the team.

Puttick, a former South Africa women’s team coach who has only played five Test deliveries, will take over as national team batting coach from Mohammad Yousuf.

Experts have rated Yousuf as a quality coach with the best batting techniques, and he has been teaching batting tips to young players with zeal.

Mickey Arthur, the national team’s coaching consultant, and his coaches are expected to sign a four-year contract with the PCB after April 19.

“Because the PCB’s top executives have already given Arthur & Co verbal assurances, both parties will now formally sign the agreement.” Arthur, who is expected to join the team midway through the home series against New Zealand, will be welcomed. “He and his chosen coaching panel will sign the contract during his upcoming visit,” a PCB source said.

Arthur, who has already signed a four-year contract with Derbyshire County, will be given a couple of weeks off from the county’s commitments to join the national team on April 18.

Pakistan and New Zealand would have already played three of the four T20Is by then.

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