Former captain of the Pakistan Cricket team Misbah-ul-Haq has been appointed as Pakistan men’s team head coach in all forms of cricket for a duration of three years. The same was confirmed by a statement released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday.
To ensure transparency and clarity at all levels in the team management, Misbah was also named the Chairman of the Selection Committee. Moreover, the head coaches of the six first-class Cricket Association sides have been named as his fellow selectors.
Notably, Misbah emerged as the unanimous choice of a five-member panel which comprised of players like Intikhab Alam, Bazid Khan, Asad Ali Khan, Wasim Khan and Zakir Khan after an elaborate recruitment process. Other candidates who were in consideration for the post included former test cricketers like Dean Jones, Mohsin Khan and Courtney Walsh but the PCB panel decided that Misbah was the best fit for the post.
Waqar Younis has been named the bowling coach of the national team for a period of three years and reportedly was recommended by Misbah himself. All the PCB appointments were approved by PCB chairman Ehsan Mani.
Pakistan’s forthcoming three-match One Day International (ODI) series and three-match T20 International series will the first assignment for the newly appointed coaching staff and selection panel. Pakistan will begin their World Test Championship campaign against Australia in November.