Misbah-ul-Haq steps down as Pakistan’s chief selector
Misbah-ul-Haq has been an important part of Pakistan cricket history as a cricketer during his heydays. However, after his stint as a cricketer at the national team, he plied his trade as national chief selector and head coach of the Pakistan cricket team for over a year.
Now, after serving a year for Pakistan cricket team as national chief selector, Misbah-ul-Haq has resigned from the post. Misbah-ul-Haq made it very clear that he will continue to extend his services as the head coach of the senior cricket team.
Misbah announced his decision to step down from Pakistan chief selector’s at the press conference on Wednesday. He further added that he took this decision as he felt that he didn’t do well in both the roles, considering the team’s international commitments.
“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.”
Misbah said he had told the PCB that he wanted to focus solely on coaching and appreciated that they had accepted his decision. “Of course, the focus is on making the Pakistan team as good as possible,” he said according to the Dawn.
The former Pakistan cricketer further conceded that his resignation was nothing to do with disagreements with Pakistan Cricket Board and it was his personal decision.
“There is no such reason. If that was the case, I would not be working as head coach either. It is my choice to leave this way.”
Misbah-ul-Haq spoke about his experience as chief selector. He said: “I tried for 1.5 years to make the best decisions in the interest of Pakistan cricket”. “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,” he said, adding that he felt he has the energy to be with the team on the field.
“My first target as coach is to bring the Pakistan team in 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.”
In an official statement, Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Wasim Khan added that the board “wholeheartedly respects Misbah’s decision on stepping away from the chief selector role”.
“Pakistan has three global events, including two Asia Cups and the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, as well as 10 Future Tour Programme 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,” the statement said.