Former Zimbabwe player Andy Flower refused to take the role of head coach of the Pakistan national cricket team as he wants to commit himself to franchise cricket.
According to reports, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is looking to hire a foreign head coach to replace former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq.
Andy Flower is not interested in coaching any international team
In PCB’s vision, Flower was the best candidate on their cards, but the 53-year-old has clearly expressed his wish to not work with any international team and continue his stint with different franchise teams across the globe.
At present, Flower is associated with multiple teams as a coach, he is the head coach of Multan Sultans (PSL), St Lucia Kings (CPL), Trent Rockets (The Hundred) and assistant coach of Punjab Kings (IPL).
Flower’s denial to take the position of the head coach will be a difficult task for PCB to recruit a foreign coach that also when the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is not even two months away. If we believe some sources, then Misbah’s removal is unlikely to take place at least before the T20 World Cup this year.
Andy Flower’s refusal means Misbah-ul-Haq might continue as head coach till T20 World Cup
Misbah was appointed as the head coach and chief selector in September 2019, with strong backing from Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Wasim Khan. Later in October 2020, he stepped down from the selector’s role and purely is focused on coaching the team.
Pakistan has won 16 and losing 13 matches out of 34, as the team went down from the first to fourth position in the ICC T20 Rankings. He was also instrumental in removing wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed as team’s captain, which disturbed the team’s combination.
Pakistan has won seven, lost six and drew three out of 16 Test matches since Misbah took the charge of the team. and their current ranking is fifth in the longest format of the game.