Misbah ul Haq, by PCB has been appointed as the head coach and chief selector chairman of Pakistan. The PCB has announced it on Wednesday. Misbah has been selected on a three year contract. He will be having Waqar Younis as the bowling coach, both of them will be serving for a three-year as per the contract.
Interviews of many candidates were conducted few days before. Five-member panel were responsible for holding interviews. The names included Intikhab Alam, Bazid Khan. Asad Ali Khan, Wasim Khan and Zakir Khan were also the part.
Accoridng to Wasim Khan, Six coaches will be associated with Misbah. They are not getting complete opportunities so PCB have decided to do so in XI and domestic cricket for this reason.
PCB also talked about that they are having upcoming 42 days of international cricket in 365 days, in which 3 days are reserved for ODIs and 9 for the T20s. In order to provide enough experience to the new head coach, PCB has decided to test the new head coach in the upcoming series against SL.
On this matter, CEO of PCB, Wasim Khan said,
“As per the new policies, we have put an end to selection committee, and formal selection committee. Six cricket association coaches and coaches chief selector will be working along with Misbah. Coaches will be a hand to Misbah in all franchises he will be working, also in PSL.”
Misbah ul Haq’s answering to questions relevant to statements, asked by reporters
Misbah on the same regards said,
“No any changes are being made in the fielding coach of Pakistan. It will be our synchronised decision later that what policies are yet to be made.”
Misbah’s new plans as a head coach and chief selector are to play aggressive cricket. He understands it as an “ideal scenario” to make strategy based resources, and has planned to do so in future. He needs a team that will dominate other teams and will play attacking cricket.
As a coach, Misbah will be presenting his point of views to the captain. But, the one to operate and whom to select will be completely in hands of captain.
Misbah when questioned about to whom authorities and value will belong to after him replied,
“We will be providing complete value to the team captain in final authority of XI. Captain’s decision will be valued.”
Furthermore, Misbah will serve as head coach for all formats. As he was a batsman also, it will be his decision whether to chose a new batting coach or serve himself for this as well. Same was denounced for the support staff as well. He is being provided with complete autonomy to select support staff of his choice.
Waqar younis as bowling coach will work with Misbah ul Haq who has been appointed as head coach of the team
Waqar had worked as the Pakistan bowling coach and the head coach before as well. In 2006, he was elected as the bowling coach and played his role till 2007 before he stepped down. He faced criticism after team didn’t make it to semi finals in India in T20 WC 2016. Also, he had served Team as local coaching capacity in 2009-10 and 2010-11 as well.
On being asked about clashes of members on duo of any reason, he said,
“As Waqar and I know each other very well, since we’ve worked together in PSL and international cricket. So, we never do interfere in each other’s domain. There will be no any sort of personality clash. We’ve to respect each others opinion.”
Misbah also mentioned about inconsistency of players in all formats. Team needs professionalism and discipline in order to play like other teams. He presented Australia, England and India as examples.
He concluded about the gap between our players and other. Team needs to fulfill this gap. Fitness is requied. Team fitness level will be checked after day or two as per the new policies. When competition level will increase, standard will go upwards by consistency.
Also the criteria of selection of players was presented. According to new structure, PSL matches will be helpful to pick players for T20 but not for Test and ODI. Players temperament and confidential level will lead them to other formats than T20.
In the end, when reporter asked him about if or not one can retire from any format by will. Misbah ul Haq replied,
“New policies will be announced later but, player keeps the complete right whether or not he wants to play. Either he wants to take retirement or renew his retirement again with a comeback, he will be considered again.”
Before Misbah submitted an application for head coach role, he was part of the Pakistan Cricket Committee. He suggested to the board to not renew the contract of Mickey Arthur and the other support staff after Pakistan’s group exit in the 2019 World Cup. He then resigned from his role and applied for the position of the head coach. Thus, succeeded today.
The first task for Misbah ul Haq as head coach will be the upcoming home series against Sri Lanka. Series will be starting from 27th September 2019 where Waqar Younis will be playing his part as bowling coach.
Complete schedule of Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2019 series: https://www.asiacricket.live/sri-lanka-tour-of-pakistan-2019-schedule-time-and-date/