ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s bowling coach Morne Morkel has resigned from his post, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed on Monday, two days after the South Asian country’s World Cup campaign ended on a disappointing note with a defeat in their last match against England.
Morkel, a former South African cricketer, was appointed to the post on a six-month contract in June. His resignation follows Pakistan’s hapless performance in this year’s World Cup in India, which saw the green shirts lose five of their nine matches, including a humiliating seven-wicket defeat to arch-rivals India in Ahmedabad.
Pakistan’s pacers Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf and Hassan Ali went for expensive runs against Australia, England, India, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan during the tournament. Pakistani spinners, particularly vice-captain Shadab Khan, failed to impress throughout the tournament as they were unable to trouble batters and conceded too many runs.
“Morne Morkel has resigned as the bowling coach of the Pakistan Men’s team,” the PCB said in a statement. “Pakistan Cricket Board will announce his replacement in due course.”
This is the second high-profile resignation to rock Pakistan cricket since last month. On Oct. 30, Pakistan’s chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq stepped down from his post following media reports that suggested he had a stake in a company that contracted several Pakistan players for marketing and commercial promotions. Haq said he was resigning to offer the PCB the opportunity to conduct a “transparent inquiry” about the conflict-of-interest allegations raised against him in the media.
Pakistan’s poor performance in the World Cup has also caused former cricketers and fans to question Azam’s role as skipper of the national squad, with many calling on the board to sack him as captain and appoint a new one instead.
Fans have accused Azam of being too defensive in taking decisions and including players in the national squad on the basis of his friendships with them. Azam and the PCB have categorically rejected the allegations.
Pakistan’s next assignment is a three-match Test series against Australia scheduled to take place from Dec.14, 2023, to Jan. 7, 2024, in Australia.