New fielding coach for Pakistan

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The Pakistan Cricket Board have appointed former Bangladesh fitness coach Grant Luden as new trainer and fielding coach.

The Pakistan Cricket Board have appointed former Bangladesh fitness coach Grant Luden as new trainer and fielding coach.

Luden's first major assignment will be August's series against Sri Lanka. He will work alongside new head coach Waqar Younis, spin consultant Mushtaq Ahmed and batting coach Grant Flower.

"Grant Luden has signed up with PCB as training/fielding coach," confirmed Sethi chairman Najam Sethi.

Spin bowler Saeed Ajmal, meanwhile, has rejected the offer to captain the Twenty20 International team.

Batsman Mohammad Hafeez quit the position after an unsuccessful World Twenty20 campaign in Bangladesh earlier this year.

Fast bowler Umar Gul recently publicly expressed interest in succeeding Hafeez, but the PCB have yet to confirm the skipper for October's one-off T20I against Australia – and December's sole fixture against New Zealand. Both matches will be played in Dubai.

"I don't want to put myself forward for captaincy. I think I am better as a team player. I do think about being captain of Pakistan, but I am reluctant too," Ajmal told <i>ESPNcricinfo</i>.

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