Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq will step down as Pakistan cricket team’s chief selector after occupying the post for more than year. He, however, will continue to serve as the team’s head coach. According to reports, Misbah-ul-Haq will make the announcement at 1.30pm PKT via a press conference.
In September last year, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had appointed Misbah-ul-Haq as the head coach as well as chief selector on a 3-year contract. It was the first time someone had simultaneously held both positions in Pakistan cricket. Misbah-ul-Haq’s stint as head coach has been quite poor so far.
Misbah-ul-Haq steps down from chief selector’s role to focus on coaching. Media release to follow.
— PCB Media (@TheRealPCBMedia) October 14, 2020
His stint started with a 2-0 win over Sri Lanka in ODIs before the Islanders whitewashed Pakistan in the three-match T20I series in their own backyard. It was followed by a disastrous tour of Australia where they could not win a single match during the T20I and the Test series.
The Test series win over Sri Lanka and T20I series win over Bangladesh gave the Pakistan head coach some respite but he faced the heat again after his side’s poor tour of England where they lost the Test series before drawing the T20I series 1-1.
Following the end of the tour, there were reports suggesting that PCB might ask Misbah to step down as the chief selector and focus solely as the head coach. The reports also suggested that a former pacer was in contention to become the new chief selector before Shoaib Akhtar fueled the rumours by stating that PCB considered him for the post.
More to follow…