Umar Gul likely to replace Morne Morkel as bowling coach for Australia Tour

The first Test between Pakistan and Australia will be played at the Perth Stadium on 14 December

Umar Gul likely to replace Morne Morkel as bowling coach for Australia Tour PHOTO: AFP

Bowling coach, Morne Morkel, has officially parted ways with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), opening the door for former pacer, Umar Gul to potentially take on the role of bowling coach for the upcoming Australia tour.

Morkel, hailing from South Africa, had initially inked a deal with the PCB, specifying his tenure until the 2023 World Cup in India. 

However, following the disappointing performance of Pakistan bowlers under his coaching during the tournament, Morkel has expressed his disinterest in continuing the association, formally notifying the PCB about his decision.

The former South Africa fast bowler joined the Pakistan team on a six-month contract in June this year. Morkel’s first assignment with the men’s team was their tour to Sri Lanka for the two-match Test series. Pakistan Cricket Board will announce his replacement in due course.

Unfortunately, his delayed involvement coincided with a subpar performance by the Pakistani bowling unit, falling short of the anticipated standards.

The spotlight now turns to the crucial upcoming series of three Test matches against Australia, as the national team seeks redemption from its World Cup woes. In preparation for this challenging task, a training camp is slated to kick off in Rawalpindi from November 20, marking the beginning of earnest efforts to regain form and momentum.

Gul, who temporarily assumed coaching responsibilities during Morkel's absence in the recent series against Afghanistan, brings a wealth of experience and familiarity with the team dynamics.


  • 1st Test – Australia vs Pakistan – December 14-18: Perth Stadium
  • 2nd Test – Australia vs Pakistan – December 26-30: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
  • 3rd Test – Australia vs Pakistan – January 3-7: Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)