Mike Hesson denies reports that he has applied for Pakistan head coach role

Waseem Ahmed 13:34 22/08/2019
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Former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson.

Former New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson has denied reports stating that he is in the running for the Pakistan job by taking to social media.

Hesson was previously speculated to have applied for the head coach positions of both Pakistan and Bangladesh by local media back in New Zealand. Fresh reports earlier this week from stuff.co.nz said that Hesson had now turned down the Pakistan job after he failed to land the India head coach position.

The former Black Caps and Kings XI Punjab coach took to Twitter to refute those rumours by stating that he had never applied for the Pakistan job in the first place.

“Just to clarify as plenty of speculation about…I have not applied for the Head Coach Role with the Pakistan Cricket Board. Whoever gets the role certainly has plenty of talent to work with and would be an exciting proposition for whoever gets the job,” Hesson wrote on social media.

Hesson spent six years as the head coach of New Zealand between 2012-18 and led the team all the way to the final of the 2015 ICC World Cup. The Kiwi had taken up a head coach role with Indian Premier League (IPL) outfit Kings XI Punjab post the completion of his New Zealand stint and spent just one season with the franchise before stepping down just weeks ago.

Hesson had been in the running for the India head coach role recently along with Australia’s Tom Moody but the job ultimately was retained by Ravi Shastri who emerged as the preferred choice of BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).

Pakistan are currently in search of a head coach after not opting to renew the contract of Mickey Arthur post the completion of the 2019 ICC World Cup in England. The PCB have already invited applications for the position and progress is expected to be made soon on that front.

Bangladesh, meanwhile, had recently appointed former South Africa coach Russell Domingo to replace Steve Rhodes.

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