Misbah-ul-Haq steps down as Pakistan's chief selector

Tanya Simon
October 15, 2020

Misbah was appointed head coach and chief selector after the PCB released Mickey Arthur and his support staff following Pakistan's failure to make the World Cup semi-finals. "I am grateful to the Pakistan Cricket Board for their understanding and for supporting my thought process", he added.

"Being head coach of Pakistan team, I was facing difficulties to perform duty as chief selector".

Head coach Misbah-ul-Haq on Wednesday announced to quit the post of the chief selector as he wants to "focus on coaching".

The PCB said Misbah will pick the squads for the upcoming home series against Zimbabwe and the away series against New Zealand before handing over the reins to a new chief selector, who takes over from December 1. In T20, Pakistan lost to Australia (2-0), to Sri Lanka (3-0) and could only beat Bangladesh (2-0) before drawing the T20 series in England (1-1) earlier this year. "The decision is taken after a lot of consideration".

"It is said that wise people take u-turns and I think, albeit late, he (Misbah) took the right step".

However, as chief selector, Misbah introduced Abid Ali, Naseem Shah, Musa Khan and Usman Khan Shinwari in Tests and blooded the T20I squad with youngsters Haris Rauf, Haider Ali, Ahsan Ali and Khushdil Shah.

Misbah, who has been drawing a hefty salary of Rs three million plus, said he was getting that for his dual role and now it would be cut down.

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To a question on Misbah's resignation, Wasim said: "The PCB wholeheartedly respects Misbah's decision".

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 come up.

"With a new chief selector, we will revisit the selection criteria to ensure that there is complete alignment between the selection committee, the high-performance centre and the national men's cricket team".

"But since previous year, things have improved significantly". So it's tough for me to work as chief selector while watching out for domestic cricket.

"With the new Cricket Association system in full flow, the chief selector has to be able to watch as much domestic cricket as possible".

Interestingly, former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar recently told a YouTube channel that he was in discussions with the board for the chief selector's position. He said Akram was now performing his duties with Peshawar Zalmi, which has to play in the playoff of the PSL 2020 to be held on Nov 14, 15 and 17.

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