Misbah-ul-Haq has decided to step down as Pakistan’s chief selector to focus more on the role of his head coach with the national cricket team. Misbah told in a media briefing in Lahore on Wednesday that he has informed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that he will step down as chief selector on 30 November. He played the dual role of head selector and head coach in September last year.
“I will select the team for the upcoming series against Zimbabwe but after that I want to focus on my job as the head coach,” he said.
Misbah insisted that he did not leave the chief selector due to pressure from the board or any quarter.
“No, it is entirely my own personal decision and I took it because I think it is not easy to do two high profile jobs at a time. I want to give my best as the head coach of the national team.
“Whoever is appointed as the chief selector, I will fully cooperate with him and take the Pakistan team to the top three of every format,” Misbah said.
The former captain also made it clear that he was purely a cricketing decision and had nothing to do with his meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan last month, when he and senior players, Azhar Ali and Muhammad Hafeez, took issue with the divisional teams. Was raised. In domestic cricket.
The PCB made it clear that it was not happy with Misbah and two other players going directly to meet the PM to discuss what the board’s policy decision was.
“If this meeting was the reason for my leaving as chief selector, I think I would have lost my head coach position as well,” Misbah said.
PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani and CEO Wasim Khan met with Misbah and Azhar recently and gave them the dressing down and warned them not to make the mistake of holding meetings directly with the PM who is also the chief patron of the board.
Misbah said that over time anyone learns whether a decision is right or wrong.
“When I accepted both positions I felt I could manage it but over time I feel it is better for me to focus on one job.” He also said that he was satisfied that in his one year the national team had shown some development and some good young players had emerged.
“My focus now as a head coach is that we come in the top three of every format as a team and obviously we also have the ICC World Cup to come in the next three years, so we start preparing Have to do it. ” Misbah was appointed as the head coach and chief selector after the PCB’s failure to field Mickey Arthur and his support staff in the semi-finals of the World Cup.
Interestingly, former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar recently told a YouTube channel that he was in discussion with the board for the post of chief selector.
But the board denied that it offered Shoaib any position and said they were not planning to replace Misbah as chief selector.
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