LAHORE: The Pakistan national women’s team coach Mark Coles on Thursday reigned from his designation citing family reasons and would be returning to New Zealand next week.
Mark Coles said, “It is with a very heavy heart that I have decided to step down from my coaching role, something which I had enjoyed tremendously. However, at this time my family responsibilities are such that they need my undivided attention and focus.”
Coles added, “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.”
Coles further said that he enjoyed his stay in Lahore and working with the women’s team as well as all those who are associated with women’s cricket.
Coles further added, “It was been particularly pleasing to see some of the girls grow in stature and make their team and country proud,” he said. “I will miss working with all these girls and will always remain their supporter and well-wisher. I have no doubts the Pakistan national women’s team will continue to make upward progress.”
Meanwhile, the PCB has appointed batting coach Iqbal Imam as interim head coach for the upcoming series against Bangladesh, which will be played from 26 October to 4 November in Lahore. The recruitment process for Coles’ successor will commence shortly.
Mark Coles took over the responsibilities in October 2017 and had a contract until the end of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Australia 2020 to be held from 21st February to 8th March.