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Andy Flower confirms participation in Pakistan Super League

Press Trust of India  |  Karachi 

Former England head coach Andy Flower has maintained silence on a possible reunion with Kevin Pietersen while confirming he has signed on for the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Flower, in a statement, confirmed he will be working as batting consultant and mentor of the Peshawar Zalmi franchise in the PSL scheduled to be held in UAE in February.

"I am looking forward to doing something different after I have been approached to do some batting coaching for Peshawar, one of the franchises in the new Pakistan Super League," said Flower.

"I have chatted with Andrew Strauss about whether that is OK from an ECB perspective and he says it is on the basis that it is good for our English coaches to get out and about amongst some of these Twenty20 franchise competitions, to learn what is happening outside of the domestic game in England, to interact with some of the international coaches and players, and to bring some of that knowledge back into our game in England," he added.

Flower could end up working with Pietersen who has been declared an icon player in the PSL and at least two franchises have indicated they are interested in signing him on.

Flower, who toured Pakistan three times, also indicated the PSL was a good thing for Pakistan cricket at a time when no international teams were touring the country due to security concerns.

He said he was saddened by the fact that there was no international cricket in Pakistan.

"I toured Pakistan a number of times as a player, and I think it is really sad that we are not playing international cricket in Pakistan," he said.

Flower, who stepped down as head coach of the England team after the Ashes series debacle last year, said he was looking forward to working with players from Pakistan.

"I think I am really going to find it interesting being in amongst a group of Pakistani players and coaches, with a few international players there.

"I am really looking forward to seeing how they do things, learning about them, and that should be a fascinating aspect of the three weeks or a month that were together," he added.

Former Australia batsman Dean Jones has also confirmed his signing as the head coach for PSLs Islamabad franchise while former South Africa and Australia coach, Mickey Arthur, was named the head coach of the Karachi franchise.

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First Published: Thu, December 17 2015. 21:28 IST