[EXCLUSIVE] "I would love to see Pakistan play 4 pace-bowlers in Test cricket": Jason Gillespie

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Being the Pakistan head coach can be a thankless job. The media and former players are quick to criticize at every opportunity, and instability at the board level can be unsettling. Yet amidst the tumult, lies the rewarding task of nurturing the raw talent abundant in the country.

In today's episode, Saj chats with Australian fast bowler, Jason Gillespie, who was recently appointed as the head coach of the Pakistan Test team. In addition to his rich playing career, Gillespie has a wealth of coaching experience, including roles with Zimbabwe, Yorkshire, South Australia, as well as BBL and IPL teams. What motivated him to take on the role of Pakistan's men's Test side? And what does he hope to achieve?

Listen to his first exclusive interview since he was appointed as Test coach to find out more:

00:14 - Introduction
01:05 - What drew him to coach Pakistan in the Test format?
03:48 - Is it a full-time role?
06:26 - What challenges does he expect in his new role?
11:08 - On the prospects of working with players like Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shaheen Afridi
12:30 - What is the Pakistan Test team lacking?
14:16 - On Shan Masood
15:08 - On the 'Pakistan Way'
18:23 - His outlook for Pakistan's T20 World Cup campaign
20:01 - Conclusion



 
It depends on where we will play most of our Test cricket. If we do play in Pakistan, playing with four fast bowlers would be risky because wickets hardly offer anything for the pacers in the subcontinent. If we add a spinner on top of the four fast bowlers, it means our batting lineup will become more fragile. Anyways it would be really interesting to see how Gillespie makes the combination and which fast bowlers he will prefer, hoping things will work for him!
 
It depends on where we will play most of our Test cricket. If we do play in Pakistan, playing with four fast bowlers would be risky because wickets hardly offer anything for the pacers in the subcontinent. If we add a spinner on top of the four fast bowlers, it means our batting lineup will become more fragile. Anyways it would be really interesting to see how Gillespie makes the combination and which fast bowlers he will prefer, hoping things will work for him!
Pakistan is not playing many games so Jason's would love his tenure with Pakistan. Playing 4 fast bowlers is not applicable in all countries, not in Pakistan especially. Shaheen, naseem, Jamal and Hamza will be the premier bowlers up top to play the games more often. Abrar being a better spinner than many out there will have to play no matter what.

Jason will love this mix achaar type team.
 
The only way you can play 4 pacers in Pakistan is in Rawalpindi during the winters and if the PCB is bold enough not to make a flat wicket.
 
This has the makings of a great appointment if PCB listen to him and give him the chance to work how he wants to.

I like his focus on fitness, that is a huge weakness in Pakistan cricket.
 
The only way you can play 4 pacers in Pakistan is in Rawalpindi during the winters and if the PCB is bold enough not to make a flat wicket.
Rawalpindi has the flattest wicket whether you r playing in winters or summers.

The only wicket that can support a bit of pace is Karachi due to some moisture level. Otherwise most of the Pakistan wickets are flat and don't support any pace.
 
Unfortunately Abrar could not be tested in Australia tests..

You have to play a spinner if the spinner is of decent quality. I will defo stick with Abrar for now.
 
I hope he will utilize this option quite well and frequently on bouncy tracks like in South Africa and Australia.
The only way you can play 4 pacers in Pakistan is in Rawalpindi during the winters and if the PCB is bold enough not to make a flat wicket.
 
You always need a spinner in the team no matter what the conditions are. Playing 4 fast bowlers makes sense when you have a good fast-bowling all-rounder who can bowl express pace and can bat a bit so Jason is moving in the right direction. He might be looking for a guy like Jamal to develop more and we might see some improvement in the all-rounder department.
 
Unfortunately Abrar could not be tested in Australia tests..

You have to play a spinner if the spinner is of decent quality. I will defo stick with Abrar for now.
Abrar is also a very single dimensional bowler without much spin... I am sure that he will struggle in SENA countries... so in my opinion with three premium bowlers we need a quality spinner like we had saeed ajmel who can make the ball talk on flatter surfaces too.
 
Jason Gillespie, Pakistan’s red-ball coach, confirmed his upcoming arrival in Pakistan and the planning of a camp for test players. He plans to spend time in Pakistan observing players in a domestic setting, given his additional role as a selector.
 
Abrar is also a very single dimensional bowler without much spin... I am sure that he will struggle in SENA countries... so in my opinion with three premium bowlers we need a quality spinner like we had saeed ajmel who can make the ball talk on flatter surfaces too.
I know. We need a leggie really.
 
I know. We need a leggie really.
Leggie is always the man you would need in any format of the game. Abrar might not be a big tuner of the ball but he has much more control and is always a mystery when it comes to his style of bowling.
 
I wish he was my team india's coach....instead of the useless misfiring halwa Paras mhambrey we have have....
 
I wish he was my team india's coach....instead of the useless misfiring halwa Paras mhambrey we have have....
PCB took the right step after a long long time by roping in Jason and Gary as the head coach. Jason has a big task ahead waiting for him because this team is not playing that many red ball games so the time is short and chances are pretty low for Jason.
 
Our next test Series is against South Africa in December. Gillespie got a great gig in the sense that we hardly play any Test cricket.
 
New Pakistan Test coach Gillespie to arrive next month

Pakistan's new red-ball head coach Jason Gillespie is set to land in the country next month to supervise a training camp for the home series against Bangladesh in August.

According to a reliable source in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the camp will be set up in Karachi from July 24 for the probables for the national team as well as the Pakistan Shaheen side (A Team).

"Gillespie will be supervising the camp with the support staff and Shan Masood (Pakistan's Test captain) will also return early from England to prepare for the Bangladesh series in which two tests are to be played," he said.

He said some senior players are likely to be given rest from the series as Gillespie also wants to look at the back-up talent in the country. The source said that Masood has already indicated to the PCB that he wants Babar Azam in the Test team for the coming series but other senior players will be given a break.

Mohsin Naqvi is expected to hold a press conference next week to outline the major decisions of the Board in the wake of the failed World Cup campaign and also address the issues of groupings in the team.

"Naqvi is not one to shy away from being straightforward on what went wrong in the Pakistan team. Apparently Babar has also complained about the productivity of some players in the team during the World Cup and before that. "He is likely to make his complaints clear in his report to the PCB," the source said.

 
Will be interesting to see what bowling attack we play in tests. I would go with:
Shaheen
Naseem
Hamza
Jamal
Abrar

Our batting tail would be long but I would hope Hamza & Abrar can slightly improve as batters.
 
Good man.

Ya Allah, please do not let Pakistan cricket ruin a person who loves cricket sincerely!
 
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Pakistan red-ball coach Jason Gillespie speaking to reporters:

“Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah are multi-format cricketers and also participate in franchise cricket. They cannot play every match. We will try to give them rest in relatively less important matches. Over the past year, Shaheen has bowled three times more than Mitchell Starc. How can he manage such a workload? We need to take care of him.”

“We will also assess the pressure on the batters. Our aim is to prepare backup. He mentioned that a camp will be set up from August 6 for preparations for the series against Bangladesh. We will announce the probables for the series by the end of this month. It has not been decided yet who will be given rest. Shan Masood will lead the Test team. He is currently playing county cricket in England. Although we have not met, we stay in touch over the phone,”

“In Lahore, I had conversations with Babar Azam and Naseem Shah. I told Babar to play his natural game freely,”
 
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