Pakistan appoints Hayden, Philander as coaches for T20 World Cup

The appointments were announced by the newly-elected Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja.

Matthew Hayden has been appointed as one of the coaches of Pakistan for the T20 World Cup.

Former Australia Test opener Matthew Hayden and ex-South Africa pacer Vernon Philander has been appointed as coaches of the Pakistan team for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE, the board announced on Monday.

The appointments were announced by the newly-elected Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja here.

The appointments of Hayden and Philander come just a week after head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis resigned from their respective posts after two years in the job.

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"I think the Pakistan team needs a new direction. We have appointed Hayden and Philander for the World Cup," Ramiz said during a press conference.

"Going forward, we will have to carry out an extensive exercise in this regard in order to look for people who fit our model.

"Our objective is to give this team the best possible options so that it leads to improvement in performances," he added.

The PCB had earlier roped in former Test spinner Saqlain Mushtaq and all-rounder Abdul Razzaq as interim coaches for the home series against New Zealand.

Misbah and Waqar left their jobs with one year of their contracts still remaining.

Pakistan in the past has appointed many foreign coaches with relative success including Richard Pybus, Bob Woolmer, Geoff Lawson, Dav Whatmore and Mickey Arthur.

Increment among domestic players

Ramiz has also ordered for a 100,000 rupees increase in the monthly retainers of all domestic players. The pay increase will be given to 192 players with domestic contracts with immediate effect, the PCB said.

The increase in the monthly retainers will now allow domestic players in first class and grade-11 competitions to earn between 140,000 to 250,000 per month.

The PCB said the new chairman ordering a pay rise for players in all categories means those in the lowest D category will see an increase of around 250 per cent in their monthly retainers. "It is our duty to care for our cricketers and continue to take measures which strengthen our system," Ramiz said.

"This will also play a role in ending any uncertainty surrounding the current cricket structure; the welfare of present and former cricketers is paramount to me."