Misbah-ul-Haq has been appointed as the head coach of the Pakistan men’s cricket team and also the chief selector of Pakistan Cricket Board. On the other hand, Waqar Younis is the newly appointed bowling coach of Pakistan cricket.
Misbah before applying to the prestigious role, resigned from the selection committee. But eventually the PCB found him to be best man suitable for the dual role. According to the PCB media release, Misbah was the unanimous choice of the five-member PCB panel that conducted the recruitment process. Interestingly this will be the first stint of Misbah as a coach who featured in 75 Test matches and 162 ODIs for Pakistan scoring over 10,300 international runs before retiring in May 2017. Waqar was the Pakistan head coach twice before: between 2010 and 2011, and 2014 and 2016. He also was involved in coaching with franchise clubs across the globe, including Bangladesh Premier League’s Sylhet Sixers and Pakistan Super League’s Islamabad United.
On the new role Misbah said, ” “It is very humbling for me to join a select group of some of the very best to have coached the Pakistan national sides in the past. It is an honour and more than that, a massive responsibility as we live and breathe cricket. I know expectations are high, but I am absolutely ready and up for the task otherwise I would not have thrown my name in the hat for one of the most challenging and coveted roles in Pakistan cricket.”
He further added, “We have some of the most talented and exciting cricketers, and I will like to help them train and prepare in such a way that they can play intelligently, smartly and fearlessly. I am aware this will require a change in the dressing room culture but if we have to compete consistently at the highest level, we have to embrace these modern-day requirements.”
Waqar’s name was also finalized based on the recommendation of Misbah and both would sign a three-year contract. Both previously worked together from May 2014 to April 2016 when Misbah was the captain and Waqar was the head coach of Pakistan. The first assignment of Misbah-Waqar combination will be the upcoming three ODI and three T20I home series against Sri Lanka, scheduled to be held from September 27 to October 9. After Pakistan’s exit from the recently concluded World Cup the selectors decided to not renew the contract of previous coaching staffs. On the partnership set to begin in a month’s time, Misbah said, “Both Waqar and I had a candid and frank discussion and we discussed and agreed on a number of things, including roles and responsibilities as well as how to take things forward.”