Misbah-ul-Haq steps down as Pakistan chief selector, to stay head coach

By PTI

KARACHI: Misbah-ul-Haq has determined to step down as Pakistan chief selector to focus extra on his head coach position with the nationwide cricket workforce.

Misbah informed a media briefing in Lahore on Wednesday that he has knowledgeable the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that he could be stepping down as chief selector on November 30.

He had taken the twin position of chief selector and head coach in September final yr.

“I will select the squad for the coming series against Zimbabwe but after that I just want to focus on my work as head coach,” he mentioned.

Misbah insisted that he had not give up as chief selector due to strain from the board or any quarter.

“No it’s purely my very own private resolution and I took it as a result of I believe it isn’t simple doing two excessive profile jobs at one time.

I wish to give my greatest as head coach of the nationwide workforce.

“Whoever is appointed as chief selector, I’ll totally cooperate with him and work to take the Pakistan workforce into the highest three of each format,” Misbah mentioned.

The former captain additionally made it clear that his was a purely cricket resolution and had nothing to do along with his assembly with Prime Minister Imran Khan final month when he and senior gamers, Azhar Ali and Muhammad Hafeez, raised the difficulty of departmental groups being closed down in home cricket.

The PCB made it clear it was not proud of Misbah and the 2 different gamers going straight to satisfy the PM to debate what was a coverage resolution of the board.

“If that assembly was the rationale for my stepping down as chief selector then I believe I might have additionally misplaced my head coach place,” Misbah mentioned.

PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani and CEO Wasim Khan lately met with Misbah and Azhar and gave them a dressing down and cautioned them to not make the error of straight in search of conferences with the PM who can be the patron in chief of the board.

Misbah mentioned with time one learns whether or not a call is true or flawed.

“When I accepted each positions I assumed I may handle it however with time I believe it’s higher for me to give attention to one job.”

He additionally mentioned that he was glad that in his one yr the nationwide workforce had proven some improvement and a few good younger gamers had come up.

“As head coach now my focus is that we as a workforce break into the highest three of each format and clearly we even have the ICC World Cups developing over the subsequent three years so that’s one thing we’ve got to start out getting ready.”

Misbah was appointed head coach and chief selector after the PCB launched Mickey Arthur and his help employees following Pakistan’s failure to make the World Cup semi-finals.

Interestingly, former quick bowler Shoaib Akhtar lately informed a YouTube channel that he was in discussions with the board for the chief selector’s place.

But the board denied it had supplied Shoaib any place and mentioned they weren’t planning to switch Misbah as chief selector.

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