The Head Coach of Pakistan Women’s cricket team, Mark Coles has decided to step down from his coaching assignment, citing family commitments. At present, the Pakistan Cricket Board has appointed the team’s batting coach Iqbal Imam as the interim Head Coach of the women’s team.
Coles, who had a contract with the Pakistan Women’s team which lasted till the upcoming T20 World Cup, has decided to resign from his post 5 months prior to the onset of the big tournament.
Umar Farooq of ESPNcricinfo reports that Mark Coles put in his resignation due to family commitments.
“It is with a very heavy heart that I have decided to step down from my coaching role, something which I had enjoyed tremendously,” Coles said. “However, at this time, my family responsibilities are such that they need my undivided attention and focus. I have been thinking about this for some time and taking into account Pakistan has some critical assignments in the next few months, I thought it was fair to the side I convey my decision to the Pakistan Cricket Board so that they have enough time to find a replacement.”
Under Coles, Pakistan Women had enjoyed considerable success, having won over West Indies for the first time in an ODI series. They had also won over Sri Lanka and had manged to draw the series 1-1 with South Africa in the 50-over format.
The interim coach Iqbal Imam will guide the team in the home series against Bangladesh, which will be his first assignment as the Head Coach of the side.