Cricket - Raja elected new PCB chairman, names Hayden and Philander coaches for World Cup


FILE PHOTO: Cricket - MCC World Cricket committee Press Conference - London, Britain - July 4, 2017 Mike Brearley (L) and Ramiz Raja during the MCC World Cricket committee press conference Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers/File Photo

(Reuters) - Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja has been elected the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for a tenure of three years after winning an unopposed election, the country's cricket board announced on Monday.

Raja also announced that former Australian opener Matthew Hayden and former South African all-rounder Vernon Philander were signed up as head coach and bowling coach respectively for the Twenty20 World Cup that begins next month.

Hayden and Philander replace Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis after both coaches stepped down https://www.reuters.com/article/cricket-pakistan-idINL1N2Q80HH from their respective roles shortly after the World Cup squad was named last week.

"Hayden is Australian, I feel he can bring some aggression into the team. He has World Cup experience, he was a world class player," Raja told reporters.

"An Australian occupying the dressing room will have a lot of benefits.... This Pakistan team can win the World Cup, it just needs an improvement of 10%."

Raja, who played more than 250 international matches for Pakistan from 1984 to 1997, replaces Ehsan Mani who stepped down from his role last month.

After his retirement, Raja became a cricket commentator. The 59-year-old served as the PCB chief executive from 2003 to 2004.

"One of my key focuses will be to help introduce in the Pakistan men's cricket team the same culture, mindset, attitude and approach that once made Pakistan one of the most feared cricket playing nations," Raja said.

"Obviously, as a former cricketer, my other priority will be to look into the welfare of our past and present cricketers.

"The game has and will always be about the cricketers and, as such, they deserve more recognition and respect from their parent institution."

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak and Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Edmund Blair and Christian Radnedge)

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