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PCB appoints Misbah-ul-Haq as Head Coach cum Chief Selector

45-year old Misbah-ul-Haq appointed as head coach and chief selector for three years.

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PCB appoints Misbah-ul-Haq as Head Coach cum Chief Selector
Misbah-ul-Haq retired from international cricket in May 2017. Photo: Mid-day

Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has been appointed as the country’s head coach and chief selector. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), on Wednesday made the announcement.

Reports said the contract is made for three years.

Former fast bowler Waqar Younis has been selected as the bowling coach of the team.

The PCB media release stated, “Misbah was a unanimous choice of a five-member panel that comprised Intikhab Alam (former captain and the longest-serving Pakistan team manager and coach), Bazid Khan (former international cricketer and one of the most respected commentators), Asad Ali Khan (member, Board of Governors), Wasim Khan (Chief Executive, PCB) and Zakir Khan (Director – International Cricket, PCB) following a robust recruitment process.”

The 45-year old Misbah who retired from international cricket on May 2017, expressed his gratitude over PCB’s decision and said he is ready to take the task.

“It is very humbling for me to join a select group of some of the very best to have coached the Pakistan national sides in the past. It is an honour and more than that, a massive responsibility as we live and breathe cricket,” Misbah said.

“I know expectations are high, but I am absolutely ready and up for the task otherwise I would not have thrown my name in the hat for one of the most challenging and coveted roles in Pakistan cricket.”

He also added, “We have some of the most talented and exciting cricketers, and I will like to help them train and prepare in such a way that they can play intelligently, smartly and fearlessly. I am aware this will require a change in the dressing room culture but if we have to compete consistently at the highest level, we have to embrace these modern day requirements.”

The first assignment for the new team management will be a home series of three ODIs and three T20 Internationals against Sri Lanka from September 27.

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