Who is Catherine Dalton? – First female fast-bowling coach in PSL history

Catherine Dalton broke all gender stereotypes as she has been signed as the fast-bowling coach for Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League. The 30-year-old became the first-ever female fast-bowling coach of a men’s side. The former Ireland fast bowler represented her national side in international matches. Not only this, but Dalton is also an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)-certified Level 3 Advanced Coach.

The England born acquired Irish citizenship in 2015 and later went on to play four ODIs and four T20Is for her side. Dalton has been to Pakistan a few times, and has worked with several fast bowlers, including the likes of Mohammad Ilyas, Sameen Gul and Arshad Iqbal, as well as several other Under-19 players. She has held the chair of coach at the national fast-bowling academy in the UK as well as the Ultimate Pace Foundation in India. 

Dalton was in conversation with ESPNCricinfo, where she said, “Having worked in Pakistan with some of the Multan Sultans players on two previous visits, I am really thrilled to be officially joining up with the franchise at the PSL.” Further speaking, she said, “It’s not lost on me the ground-breaking moment for a female fast-bowling coach to be working in a major men’s T20 franchise. I am very humbled by the opportunity and cannot wait to hopefully help make a difference on multiple levels.”

On signing her as the coach, Multan Sultans’ owner Ali Tareen said, “Catherine has been part of our player-development programme for almost five years now. I have seen how she has improved players firsthand. I always knew she would become a fast-bowling coach at a high level. And I am so glad that her first opportunity came at the Sultans.”

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