Shan Masood says he is looking forward to working with and getting to know Yorkshire legend Jason Gillespie, who today has been appointed as Pakistan’s new Test Match coach.

Masood is the current Pakistan Test captain and has spoken to about the appointment of 49-year-old Dizzy.

Gillespie won two County Championship titles with Yorkshire in 2014 and 2015, and almost added a third in 2016. The Australian fast bowling great also previously played for the county as an overseas player.

He was at Headingley between 2012 and 2016, returning home to Adelaide afterwards.

Jason Gillespie

Picture by Alex Whitehead/ Jason Gillespie is congratulated by supporters after Yorkshire won the 2014 Championship title at Trent Bridge.

He has since coached South Australia and the Adelaide Strikers, roles he stepped down from at the start of this month. Pakistan have also appointed South African Gary Kirsten as the new coach of their limited overs teams.

“He’s a legend of Yorkshire as a coach, and as a player I watched him a lot,” said Masood, of Gillespie. “Those things are always exciting when someone of his stature comes in as a coach. 

“I think everyone is looking forward to it, and it’s a great acquisition by the PCB. 

“His experience as a champion player and a champion coach will help Pakistan Cricket a lot. 

Shan Masood

Picture by Alex Davidson/Getty Images. Yorkshire and Pakistan Test captain Shan Masood.

“Speaking to the boys here, he’s so well liked at Yorkshire. 

“I can’t wait to see him and work with him. I want to get to know him as a person. That’s important, as it is for any of our players. 

“I think the PCB has made some great acquisitions in terms of the coaching staff, and hopefully they can take Pakistan Cricket forwards.”

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