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PCB wants to appoint Viv Richards as Pakistan’s “Mentor” for the 2024 T20 World Cup

The World T20 Cup is coming up in the Americas, and the Pakistan Cricket Board is eager to bring in famous Vivian Richards as a “mentor” for the national squad.

Since 2016, Richards has served as a consultant for the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League. According to PCB insiders, Mohsin Naqvi, the current chairman, is eager to have a well-known figure connected to the national squad. Richards’ familiarity with the weather may also be helpful, since the majority of the Super Eights games will take place in the Caribbean.

The insider said, “Sir Viv Richards has some prior World Cup media commitments, but things are being worked out as the Pakistani players have great respect and regard for him.”

If the agreement is approved, Richards would lead the side in the World Cup, replacing former Australian opener Matthew Hayden, who guided Pakistan to the semifinals and finals of the previous two T20 World Cups in 2021 and 2022.

According to a PCB source, Tony Hemmings, an Australian curator, is seen as a strong contender for the role of head curator abroad. PCB Chairman Naqvi has issued directives for the employment of a foreign curator.

Hemmings now works for the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), having begun a two-year contract there in July of last year.

“He is prepared to travel to Pakistan and has applied for the Chief Curator post with the PCB,” he said.

Tony Hemmings has held positions as Head Curator at the ICC Cricket Academy and the Dubai International Stadium in addition to consulting and advising on international cricket soil for the Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) in Perth.

Hemmings has been shortlisted because, according to the PCB Chairman, “improving pitch behavior in the nation before the start of the next domestic season has been given priority.”

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