Former Pakistan cricketer Misbah-ul-Haq has been appointed as the head coach and chief selector of the Pakistan national cricket team. He will work with Waqar Younis, who was named as bowling coach.
A five-member panel that included Intikhab Alam (former captain), Bazid Khan (former cricket), Asad Ali Khan (Member of the Board of Governors), Wasim Khan (Chief Executive, PCB) and Zakir Khan (Director – International Cricket) is ubderstood to have unanimously picked Misbah for the role..
“Misbah was a unanimous choice of a five-member panel that comprised Intikhab Alam, Bazid Khan, Asad Ali Khan, Wasim Khan and Zakir Khan following a robust recruitment process,” a PCB said in a media release.
The newest Pakistan coach felt obliged to have been handed the big responsibility.
“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,” Misbah said.
“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.”
“We need to understand this is a performance-oriented world and only those Pakistan players have thrived in the past who have taken the pride in donning the star and crest on their chests by delivering every time they have stepped on to the field. That’s the way I have played my cricket all through my career and this will not change in my new role.”
The duo have previously worked together when Younis was the head coach as well as bowling coach in 2006 and Misbah was player in that team. Misbah was confident that Waqar was the best person to handle the fast bowling talent coming in the country.
“I am excited to once again have someone as experienced and knowledgeable as Waqar Younis in my corner as a bowling coach,” Misbah said. “We have exciting young fast bowlers in our ranks and there is no better person than Waqar to transform them into modern-day stars. 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.”
Pakistan will first play Sri Lanka for three ODIs and three T20Is in the tenure of Misbah and Waqar, which has a span for three years.