Pakistan named a well balanced squad for the T20 World Cup that’s scheduled to commence in a few days time in UAE. Few hours after the squad was announced Pakistan’s head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis stepped down from respective roles.
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PCB have appointed Saqlain Mushtaq and Abdul Razzaq as coaches for NZ series. PCB are soon expected to announce coaches for the T20 World Cup and there’s a good possibility of Shoaib Akhtar being named as bowling coach, he’s lately shown intrest in the role.
Saqlain Mushtaq and Abdul Razzaq have been actively involved in cricketing work in Pakistan, Saqlain is the head of international player development at the national high performance center and Abdul Razzaq holds an impressive record, his side has won three titles in domestic season.
Misbah-ul-Haq’s statement : The quarantine in Jamaica post the West Indies series provided me with an opportunity to reflect on the past 24 months as well as the schedule for international cricket ahead. Considering that I would have had to continue to spend considerable time away from my family and that too in a bio-secure environment, I have decided to step down from the role. I understand that the timing may not be ideal but I don’t think I am in the right frame of mind for the upcoming challenges and it makes sense for someone fresh to step-in and take the side forward. The past 24 months have been thoroughly enjoyable and I want to thank my team and the management for their support. I wish the Pakistan cricket team best of luck in the upcoming events and will continue to support them every time they will take the field to represent Pakistan.
Waqar Younis statment : After Misbah shared with me his decision and future plans, it was a straightforward one for me to resign as we had walked into the roles together, had worked collectively as a pair and now also step down together. Working with the Pakistan bowlers, including the youngsters, has been most satisfying as they have now started to show progress. Bio-secure environments in the past 16 months have had their impact, something we had never experienced during our playing days. The next eight months will be busy and exciting for the Pakistan team and, like in the past, I will continue to back and cheer them. I want to thank each and every member of the Pakistan cricket team set-up as we stayed united in good and bad days, and hope there will be brighter days ahead.
PCB CEO, Wasim Khan statement : The PCB understands and respects Misbah’s decision. Cricket in this unprecedented bio-secure world has not been easy for anyone and Misbah has clearly taken into account the intense six months of non-stop cricket ahead. In the past 24 months, Misbah has given his very best to the team and we wish him well in his future endeavours. It has been an honorable decision by Waqar and we thank him sincerely for his immense work and commitment over the past two years and wish him the very best in the future. Both Misbah and Waqar have given so much to Pakistan cricket over a long period of time and for that they deserve a huge amount of respect.
Pakistan in a few days time will next be playing 5 T20Is and 3 ODIs against New Zealand and then will play a couple of T20Is against England for the build up leading into the mega ICC tournament.