- Catherine Dalton is the first woman to become a coach in the Pakistan Super League, where she has been appointed as the fast bowling coach for Multan Sultans.
- Her appointment represents a significant milestone in men’s franchise cricket and is part of a broader trend with more women taking on coaching roles in the sport.
- Dalton’s coaching journey has been supported by Ian Pont, and she aspires to inspire more women to enter the coaching profession and ultimately aims to break down barriers in the field.
Catherine Dalton has been appointed as the fast bowling coach for Multan Sultans, marking a historic moment as the first woman to assume a coaching role in the Pakistan Super League.
Her appointment is also considered a pioneering step in men’s franchise cricket, where she will serve as a bowling coach.
This development follows in the footsteps of Sarah Taylor and Julia Price, who have previously held coaching positions. Additionally, it is understood that former England cricketer Alex Hartley is poised to join the coaching staff of Sultans.
All of this will be under the supervision of Hijab Zahid, who earlier this year became the first female general manager in the history of the PSL.
Catherine Dalton, who has a background in county cricket, having played for Middlesex and Essex, brings prior coaching experience in Pakistan. She has conducted masterclass courses at the Tareen Cricket Academy, established by the owner of Multan Sultans, Ali Tareen. This has allowed her to work with accomplished seamers in the PSL such as Mohammad Ilyas, Arshad Iqbal, and Sameen Gul.
In an interview with The Cricketer, Dalton expressed her awareness of the groundbreaking nature of her role. She acknowledged the significant impact her appointment would have on the cricket world, inspiring more women to pursue coaching and recognizing the pathway into men’s franchise cricket.
Moreover, she highlighted her experience working with male players at the first-class level, emphasizing that players value quality coaching regardless of its source.
Catherine Dalton’s journey in coaching has been supported by Ian Pont, a former Essex cricketer turned fast-bowling expert. She credits him for her development as a coach, dating back to her time as a player on the brink of the England pathway.
Dalton’s coaching aspirations have been a long-time goal, with a desire to be the first female fast bowling coach at a franchise noted on her phone. Her ultimate objective is to break down barriers and pave the way for more female coaches to enter franchises, as many exceptional coaches are in the field.
She envisions a future where the women’s game, now professional, will provide a wealth of knowledge from retired players like Katherine Sciver-Brunt and Anya Shrubsole. While she aims to continue advancing in her coaching career, possibly even becoming a head coach or national coach, Catherine Dalton is currently relishing her coaching role.
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