The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that Morne Morkel has resigned from his position as the bowling coach of the men's team following their disappointing performance in the 2023 Men's ODI World Cup in India, where they secured a fifth-place finish.
Morkel, the former South African fast bowler, had joined the Pakistan men's team as the bowling coach on a six-month contract in June of the same year. With an illustrious playing career, Morkel featured in 318 matches for South Africa, claiming a total of 544 wickets.
His tenure as the bowling coach began with Pakistan's tour to Sri Lanka, where they won the two-match Test series 2-0. However, in the World Cup, Pakistan's performance fell short, winning only four out of nine matches.
The PCB stated that it will announce Morkel's replacement in due course. Pakistan's upcoming challenge is a three-match Test series against Australia, set to commence on December 14, 2023. The series, which concludes on January 7, 2024, will be held in Perth, Melbourne (Boxing Day Test), and Sydney (New Year's Test). The series is part of the 2023–2025 ICC World Test Championship cycle, and both teams will vie for the Benaud–Qadir Trophy.
(With Agency Inputs)