The Pakistan Cricket Board has extended the contracts of batting coach Grant Flower and the fitness trainer, Grant Luden to one year on the suggestion of Pakistan’s newly appointed head coach, Mickey Arthur.
Mickey Arthur could have proposed a new coaching team, however, the South African seems satisfied with Flower’s and Luden’s performance and asked the PCB to retain them. He instead brought a new fielding coach, Steve Rixon.
They both signed a two-year contract in July 2014, there term has been already expired, but, at the moment they are on a three-month extension.
Currently, the whole coaching staff, except of Azhar Mehmood (who will just be a bowling consultant during limited overs series in England), is on a one year contract. Arthur’s contract can be extended to another year depending on his and team’s performance.
There has been a clear improvement observed in Pakistani batting since Grant Flower’s appointment. Pakistan’s per wicket average has been jumped up to 43.82, which was merely 28.89 during January 2012 to 2014. Moreover, Pakistani batsmen has converted 48.43% of their half-centuries into tons since Flower took over, which is far better than any other team in the world. The Men in Green are also having the highest average in the fourth inning of test matches.
Luden has also been dedicated to just fitness training, previously, he was acting as the trainer as well as the fielding coach. Mushtaq Ahmed will be Pakistan’s bowling consultant only during the test series in England and afterwards, he will be replaced by Azhar Mehmood.