The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will review the performance of the Head coach, Misbah-Ul-Haq only after the T20 World Cup next year in India. Former coach. Mickey Arthur was sacked after the failure of the Pakistan team to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.
Back in September 2019, Pakistan’s former captain, Misbah-Ul-Haq was appointed in the dual role of the chief selector and the Pakistan head coach. Misbah recently stepped down from the chief selector position and will continue to be the head coach.
Misbah-Ul-Haq was finding it difficult to handle both jobs.
According to a report published in a news agency, PTI, the PCB has formed a policy where they will review the performance of the team under Misbah and decide to retain him or let him go after the T20 World Cup in India next year. It is believed that he was struggling to cope with both roles. But now since he has stepped down as the national selector, Misbah can focus more as the coach.
A source said to PTI, “The board has taken a policy decision that it would now sit down and review whether to retain Misbah or bring in a new coach only after the World T20 Cup in India.
“The feeling was that Misbah was finding it difficult to handle both jobs and now with him having to only worry about the head coach responsibility he might deliver the goods.”
Imran Khan is happy with Babar Azam as Test captain.
The PCB on Tuesday appointed Babar Azam as their Test captain replacing Azhar Ali and is now the skipper of the team in all three formats. The source added that unless Pakistan starts to lose badly across formats, there will be no change in the captain or the head coach before the mega event next year. Younis Khan has also been appointed as the permanent batting coach after his interim stint in the England tour.
Talking about Azam, he said that unless the captain horribly loses his form with the bat and is not able to handle the captaincy pressure, then only they will think about their decision. Otherwise, the 26-year-old will lead Pakistan for the foreseeable future. He said that former World Cup-winning captain and current Prime Minister, Imran Khan has also nodded his approval to appoint Babar Azam as the Tets captain.
“Look unless Pakistan starts losing badly in all formats before the World T20 in India, there will be no changes in the captaincy or head coach positions.
“Even the Patron in Chief, Prime Minister, Imran Khan is happy with Babar’s appointment as Test captain in place of Azhar Ali. Again unless he loses form drastically for a long time, there is no other way Babar will lose the captaincy and he will be leading Pakistan in the World T20 in India,” the source added.
Pakistan defeated Zimbabwe in the ODI series by 2-1 and whitewashed the visitors in the T20I series. The Men in Green will travel to New Zealand for three T20Is and two Tests in December.