Contrary to all expectations, even concerns, Pakistan has appointed little-known Trent Woodhill as the national team batting coach. Only the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) can answer the question that why it preferred Australian Woodhill when the likes of Mohsin Khan, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Javed Miandad are present in the country. But for Woodhill himself it is quite a challenge to coach a batting line-up about which nothing can be said prematurely for its unpredictable nature.

[caption id="attachment_710" align="alignright" width="214"]Trent Woodhill is currently coaching the most unsuccessful team Delhi Daredevils of the ongoing Indian Premier League (Photo: Getty Images) Trent Woodhill is currently coaching the most unsuccessful team Delhi Daredevils of the ongoing Indian Premier League (Photo: Getty Images)[/caption]

PCB Director International Cricket Intikhab Alam announced decision in front of the reporters and said the newly appointed Woodhill, 42, will render his services on a three-week probationary period and helped the batsmen during the coming Champions Trophy.

Because of the consistent poor batting performance by Pakistan’s batsmen, various circles are urging for the appointment of a batting and coach, and the team’s disappointing show in the recent tour of South Africa added to the intensity of these demands.

Woodhill has coached Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League and currently in the support staff of the most unsuccessful team Delhi Daredevils of the ongoing Indian Premier League. He had also been New Zealand’s assistant coach last year. Woodhill will directly reach London for Pakistan’s coaching in the Champions Trophy. His three-week performance will determine his permanent position in the team.

Several former Pakistani cricketers, including Zaheer Abbas and Saleem Malik showed their interest to fulfil the position when the PCB published its advertisement last year, but the board was searching for a candidate accredited with at least Level 3 coaching and had five-year experience with top players.

Only time will tell what strategy Woodhill develops that will help Pakistani batsmen produce runs.
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