Pakistan national team’s current head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq is under no immediate pressure from his bosses at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after his failure as head coach of the Islamabad United (IU). The Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise roped in Misbah after he was awarded special permission from the PCB.
Under him though, United failed to reach the knockout rounds of the PSL, for the first time since the league’s inception in 2016.
Having won the league two times in its short history, Misbah’s side failed to finish in the top four of the points tally, having amassed just seven points from 10 matches.
The head coach came in for some stinging criticism, however, his future with the Pakistan national team remains secure as of yet. This, after a senior PCB official, lent their support to the 45-year-old coach.
Misbah-Ul-Haq to continue as head coach of Pakistan until at least T20 World Cup: Wasim Khan
PCB’s Cheif Executive Officer Wasim Khan, while addressing the media, shot down rumours of Misbah’s position of the head coach of Pakistan, being under threat.
Khan also revealed that the situation will be further assessed after the ICC T20I World Cup 2020, that will be held in Australia later this year.
“Since he took over as head coach we have seen steady progress in the national team’s performances in Tests and T20 cricket,” said Wasim.
“We have full confidence in Misbah even now but as is our policy we will sit down and review his one-year performance after the World T20 in Australia in October. We will do a complete postmortem of his one-year progress and then reach a conclusion,” he added.
He further added, “We have confidence in him and that is we allowed him to coach the Islamabad franchise as we wanted him to gain some experience as well in this position. You must keep in mind while he is the coach of the Pakistan team full-time he only joined the Islamabad franchise a few days before the PSL. We wanted it to be a learning experience for him as head coach.”
Under Misbah’s tenure as head coach, Pakistan has won two out of five Tests matches played against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, although they were beaten in both matches against Australian, down under.