Cape Town: Former South African seamer Vernon Philander opened up for the first time after being appointed Pakistan bowling consultant for the T20 World Cup in UAE next month.
The 36-year-old Philander will join former Australian batter Matthew Hayden in a revamped Pakistan coaching set-up after Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis last week.
Philander revealed that he couldn’t say no after newly-appointed PCB chairman Ramiz Raja offered him the role.
“Ramiz obviously called me up and asked if I was interested in joining the Pakistan team. It is a huge opportunity which I couldn’t turn down. It’s also really exciting to work with a group of skilful youngsters,” Philander told IOL Sport.
“Mohammad Hasnain is a really talented young bowler, and of course, there’s the big guy Shaheen Shah Afridi. I saw quite a bit of them during the recent series against South Africa and I am really excited to be working with them.”
Philander is keen to add value with his experience which will allow Green Shirts to play attacking cricket.
“It’s international cricket. There is always pressure, no matter which team you are a part of,” he said.
“I would like to think that I can add value in terms of bringing some form of consistency to this young attack. They are an exciting group and they also want to head in a direction where they play an attacking brand of cricket which is exciting to be a part of,” he concluded.