“This was too good to turn down,” Franks told the Guardian. “It came about through a little bit of word of mouth and possibly Trent Rockets winning the Hundred when I was assistant to Andy Flower. He and Peter [Moores] are two incredible coaches who have trusted me to do my job as I see it and that’s probably helped.
“I’ve worked in the T10 league in Abu Dhabi and the temptation would be to find more gigs in franchise cricket. But I wanted to get out of my comfort zone a little, really experience a different culture and hopefully grow as a coach.
“Four-day and 50-over cricket may not be as fashionable right now but I want to work across all formats. And I’ve got ambitions to go as far as I can in my career. I want to help this team be the best they can be but also learn from the players too.”
Ever since 2019, PCB has been rejigging the backroom staff in the domestic circuit, encouraging retired first-class cricketers to pick up coaching jobs. The board now offers annual contracts to the coaching staff and carries out appraisals after every season.
Franks is believed to be the first English coach of a domestic side in Pakistan, though there are currently a number of foreign coaches working in the Pakistan system. South Africa’s Gordon Parsons and New Zealand’s Nicholas Webb, England’s Julian Fountain, Julian Wood, and Toby Radford are all working in the PCB’s pathways development programme at the moment.