Misbahul Haq Resigns as Chief Selector for PCB

On Wednesday; former cricket team captain, Misbahul Haq, announced that he was resigning from his position as the chief selector for PCB.

Former Pakistan Cricket team captain, Misbahul Haq, was appointed as both the chief selector for the men’s team and the head coach in September 2019. On Wednesday, in a press release, Misbah announced that he was resigning from his position as a chief selector to focus on being the coach.

Misbahul Haq further said that he took this decision because he felt like it was not fair, and he could not do justice to both roles. He explained, “When I was told by the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) to [work as both head coach and chief selector], I said I would do it but we had a discussion that if I ever felt that giving time to both would be hard, I would leave.”

He told PCB that he wanted to focus on his coaching career and was glad that PCB had appreciated his decision to do so. “Of course, the focus is on making the Pakistan team as good as possible,” Misbahul Haq said.

Misbah further clarified that his decision was due to his reasons, not because there had been a disagreement or misunderstanding within the cricket body. “There is no such reason. If that was the case, I would not be working as a head coach either. It is my choice to leave this way.”

Misbahul Haq reminisced the time he had as chief selector; he said that he had tried to make the best decisions in the interest of Pakistan for 1.5 years. “I am sure whoever comes next will work [to make the team] better and continue with our vision of bringing the team in top three,” he said.

“The most important thing is my passion for the field,” Misbahul Haq said, claiming that he felt he has the energy to be with the team on the field. My first target as a coach is to bring the Pakistan team into the top three in all formats. We should at least win International Cricket Council (ICC) events and that is our target and [we are] focusing on that.”

PCB wholeheartedly supports Misbahul Haq’s decision to solely coach. They issued a statement saying, “Pakistan has three global events, including two Asia Cups and the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, as well as 10 Future Tour Program commitments over the next 24 years. As head coach of the national side, he has reassessed his priorities and believes he has a better chance of producing the desired results by focusing solely on the coaching side. We are very happy to support his thinking on this.”

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