The two foreign support-staff members of the Pakistani team will reach Lahore today (Wednesday). Two Grants (Grant Flower and Grant Luden) have been appointed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as batting coach and trainer respectively. Luden will also act as team's fielding coach.
Zimbabwean Flower and South African Luden spent a day in Dubai on Tuesday and are scheduled to reach Pakistan jointly by an Emirates flight today.
Speaking exclusively over his mobile, Luden said: "I look forward to the challenge as both trainer and fielding coach as the coaches before me have all done great jobs and have set high standards. I decided to apply for the position as it allowed me to combine both my coaching strength and conditioning background. I felt I could make a difference to an already highly-skilled and talented Pakistan team.”
"I can't really comment on the safety as I can only do so once I start living and working in Pakistan. I was in Pakistan in 2008 with the Bangladesh team and we were well taken care of in terms of our safety. We did not have any incidence," he added when asked on issues related to safety and security in Pakistan.
Luden will buy books to learn Urdu, the national language of Pakistan. "I don’t know how much I can learn in a year, but I will give it a good go. My family is very proud of my achievements and therefore, I will be supporting Pakistan team in the future,” he added.
The duo's family members have no immediate plan to join them. "They will join me in the UAE during our matches against Australia,” Luden concluded.