Former Pakistan captain Misbah-Ul-Haq decided to step down from the chief selector’s role and keep the coaching position. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) handed Misbah-Ul-Haq dual roles following Mickey Arthur’s exit as coach after the 2019 World Cup. Ramiz Raja, who has also served as the skipper of the national team, hopes that the new chief selector injects positivity and wished Misbah all the best for his coaching role.
Misbah-Ul-Haq, who began his coaching tenure with the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka at home, has not yielded fruitful results yet. Pakistan, who was the number one T20 side, lost the series by 3-0 on the home soil to their Asian counterparts. Aside from that, the men in green suffered Test series defeats in England and Australia. Moreover, PCB’s new policy does not allow an employee to hold dual roles.
Ramiz Raja underlined that Misbah-Ul-Haq does not believe in experimentation and adopts a conservative approach to coaching, which he Ramiz believes is an old timer’s one. Hence, he hopes for the new selector to revolutionise everything since Misbah needs help. The cricketer-turned-commentator wants mentally tough players in Pakistan team.
“Hopefully the new chief selector will adopt a positive attitude because Misbah needs a lot of help. Misbah has a typical mindset which is based on safety and security and lacks experimentation. He follows a set pattern which is basically an old timer’s game. This is a new beginning and I hope he introduces revolutionary methods in coaching, which is not easy, and builds a team with mentally tough players,” Ramiz Raja told in his Youtube channel.
At the same time, Ramiz Raja highlighted that Misbah would have a new set of responsibilities ahead of him and needs to take in the constructive criticism while not paying attention to the pointless remarks. The 53-year old went on to wish the coach best of luck and thoroughly want him to suceed.
“I think Misbah will feel more comfortable in this role [only coaching] but there is still a huge responsibility on his shoulders. He must not think that there will no longer be any criticism. What he needs to do is handle the constructive criticism well and don’t worry about the pointless remarks. Fans desperately want you [Misbah] to be successful and our best wishes are with you. Don’t think that everyone wants to bring you down but if you don’t deliver things will get messy,” he added.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the dual roles” : Misbah-Ul-Haq
At the time of stepping down, Misbah-Ul-Haq mentioned that he enjoyed both the roles; however, after looking at his progress and workload ahead, the 46-year old wants to concentrate only on coaching.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the dual roles but after reviewing the past 12 months and looking ahead at the workload in the next 24 months of my tenure, it is appropriate that I invest and dedicate all my time, energy and attention to one role from now on,” Misbah stated as quoted by India Today.