Saqlain Mushtaq
Saqlain Mushtaq (Image: Cricket Pakistan)

The interim head coach of Pakistan National Cricket Team Saqlain Mushtaq has stepped down from his role and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is all set to appoint a new foreign head coach really soon.

According to the sources close to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Mushtaq is no longer associated with the Pakistan men’s national side.

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PCB Set To Appoint Foreign Coach As Saqlain Mushtaq Steps Down As Pakistan's Interim Head Coach
Saqlain Mushtaq and Mushtaq Ahmed. (Credits: Twitter)

Notably, Saqlain Mushtaq was appointed as interim head coach of the side after the sudden resignation of head coach Misbah ul Haq in September, last year before the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. Mushtaq served in the role for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, Pakistan tour of Bangladesh and home series against West Indies.

Saqlain Mushtaq, ODI Cricket
Saqlain Mushtaq (Image Credit: Twitter)

Babar Azam-led Pakistan performed really well in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 having won all the games in the Super 12 stage, however, they lost the semi-final against Australia.

General Opinion Is About Inclusion Of A Foreign Coach In The Pakistan Team Environment – Ramiz Raja

Ramiz Raja
Ramiz Raja. Credits: Sky Sports.

Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja had hinted about the appointment of a foreigner as a head coach of the national team.

I discussed the future of Pakistan’s team management with Saqlain, Babar Azam and Rizwan and the general opinion is about the inclusion of a foreign coach in the Pakistan team environment,” said Raja.

“I firmly believe that you need someone with local knowledge on away tours. But you also need some regular coaches to maintain a good environment in net sessions.”

“I also think that we might not have the capacity to give all the responsibilities to the captain [Babar]. He is a relatively new captain which is why we don’t want to pressurize him,” he further added.

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