Hemp named Pakistan women’s head coach
David Hemp is the new head coach of the Pakistan women’s national cricket team.
The Pakistan Cricket Board announced this week that the former Bermuda batsman, who represented the island at the 2007 ICC World Cup, was appointed over a number of foreign and local candidates for the post.
Hemp, who amassed 641 runs in 22 one-day international appearances for Bermuda, is a qualified UK level four coach who has also had coaching stints with the Melbourne Stars’ and Victorian women’s cricket teams in Australia’s Women’s Big Bash League.
The 49-year-old has also had a coaching role with Australia’s team for cricketers with an intellectual disability, Premier Cricket’s Prahran and was the director of coaching at Scotch College.
Hemp got the nod over 38 coaches, including 18 foreigners from various Test plating nations.
Urooj Mumtaz, chairwoman of women’s selection committee, has high expectations for the former Bermuda and Glamorgan captain.
“David brings with him wealth of experience and knowledge, more importantly around women’s cricket development, which is extremely critical to our strategy as part of our endeavour to increase the pool of cricketers and also help them top rise to the level of the front-running international sides,” Mumtaz said.
“David has worked for five years in Australia with the Melbourne and Victoria women’s sides and he is a perfect fit for the role we were looking for as he will be able to use that experience and knowledge to translate into our system that will ultimately benefit Pakistan women’s cricket.
“I am sure our players will make optimum use of David’s high level of expertise and strict work ethics.
“I am sure David will have an enjoyable time when he relocates to Pakistan to join the elite company of illustrious coaching staff of Atiq-uz-Zaman, Grant Bradburn, Mohammad Yousuf, Mohammad Zahid and Saqlain Mushtaq at our National High Performance Centre.”
Hemp, who scored over 15,000 runs in 271 fist-class appearances for Glamorgan, Free State and Warwickshire, takes over the head coach role from Iqbal Imam, the former Pakistan first-class cricketer.
Pakistan, who have gone without any cricket for nearly a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, will feature in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier next year for the event proper that will take place in New Zealand in 2022.
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