Islamabad United has appointed Mike Hesson as their head coach, hailing his “exceptional track record in international cricket and a reputation for strategic leadership”. United’s owner, Ali Naqvi, expressed excitement about bringing in Hesson, who has previously coached the New Zealand national team and served as director of cricket for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Hesson himself expressed enthusiasm about joining United, praising the franchise’s professional and modern approach.
The 49-year-old Hesson enjoyed a successful six-year stint as New Zealand’s head coach, guiding the team to their first World Cup final in 2015. He also briefly served as director of cricket for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. United has been seeking a head coach after the passing of Dean Jones and the subsequent rotation of coaches, with Hesson emerging as their top choice.
With the upcoming PSL 2024 season set to kick off in February, United is hopeful that Hesson’s expertise will take the team to new heights and deliver exciting cricket to the fans.