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Catherine Dalton breaks barriers as Multan Sultans’ fast-bowling coach

  • Catherine Dalton has made history by becoming the first female fast-bowling coach for a prominent men’s team in the Pakistan Super League (PSL)
  • Dalton brings valuable experience from her two previous visits to Pakistan, where she worked with various fast bowlers
  • Dalton expressed her enthusiasm for the role and her desire to make a meaningful impact on multiple levels

In a groundbreaking and remarkable development, Catherine Dalton has joined Multan Sultans as their fast-bowling coach. This historic appointment marks the first time in the history of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) that a female coach has been signed for a prominent men’s team.

Catherine Dalton, originally from England, became an Irish citizen in 2015 and went on to represent Ireland in both ODIs and T20Is. She is an ECB-certified Level 3 Advanced Coach and has previously held coaching positions at the national fast-bowling academy in the United Kingdom and the Ultimate Pace Foundation in India.

Despite Multan Sultans pushing the boundaries with this progressive move, Catherine Dalton brings valuable experience to the role. She has previously worked with various fast bowlers in Pakistan, including Mohammad Ilyas, Sameen Gul, and Arshad Iqbal, as well as several Under-19 players during her two prior visits to the country.

Regarding her new role with the Pakistani franchise, Dalton expressed her excitement, stating, “Having worked in Pakistan with some of the Multan Sultans players on two previous visits, I am really thrilled to be officially joining up with the franchise at the PSL. It’s not lost on me the ground-breaking moment for a female fast-bowling coach to be working in a major men’s T20 franchise. I am very humbled by the opportunity and cannot wait to hopefully help make a difference on multiple levels.”

Multan Sultans’ owner, Ali Tareen, has been closely associated with Dalton’s contributions to their player development program for nearly five years. He emphasized her role in improving players and his belief in her potential to become a high-level fast-bowling coach.

Ali Tareen also highlighted his commitment to promoting gender equality within the team’s coaching staff. He shared, “We have three male coaches, and we endeavor to hire three female coaches. We want to have them in place before the start of the [next] PSL. I expect the female coaches to be foreign coaches for now, and when we have a women’s team, these are the coaches we expect to move on and help us out with the women’s team as well. This season onwards, I hope to achieve gender parity for all seasons as long as I’m the owner.”

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