On Wednesday, the Pakistan Cricket Board appointed Misbah as head coach and chief selector in a bid to lift the national team’s performance.
Misbah was a unanimous choice of a five-member panel that comprised former captain and manager Intikhab Alam, former cricketer and commentator Bazid Khan, Board of Governor member Asad Ali Khan, PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan and Director International Cricketer Zakir Khan following a robust recruitment process.
Misbah will be Pakistan’s 30th head coach — but it is the first time that the head coach will also be the chief selector, along the lines of the system in New Zealand.
Another former captain, legendary paceman Waqar Younis, was named as bowling coach for three years. He had two previous stints as head coach.
Misbah is Pakistan’s most successful Test captain with 26 wins in 56 Tests and 11 draws. He played 75 Tests, 162 one-day internationals and 39 T20 matches for Pakistan in a career which ended in 2017.
The first assignment for the Misbah-Waqar combination will be the upcoming three ODI and three T20I home series against Sri Lanka, which will be played from September 27 to October 9.
The duo’s first series in the World Test Championship will be in Australia when Pakistan will play in Brisbane (November 21-25 ), followed by a day/night Test in Adelaide (November 29 – December 3).
Ready and up for the task: Misbah
Misbah, 45, who retired from international cricket in May 2017, said, “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,”
“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,” the former batsman added.
He continued, “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.”
“We need to understand this is a performance-oriented world and only those Pakistan players have thrived in the past who have taken the pride in donning the star and crest on their chests by delivering every time they have stepped on to the field,” Misbah said.
“That’s the way I have played my cricket all through my career and this will not change in my new role.”
How much will Misbah-ul-Haq earn?
The PCB has not officially announced the salary package; however, Chief Executive officer (CEO) of the PCB has said that Misbah would receive the same amount as Arthur.
It should be noted that Arthur received $20,000 per month. The monthly salary of Misbah could therefore be around PKR 32,00,000 per month.
In a press conference in this regard, chief executive Wasim Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq gave a very interesting answer regarding salary.
Journalists asked during the question-and-answer interval, “Is Misbah-ul-Haq ‘s salary equal to or less than former head coach Mikey Arthur’s?”
To which Misbah-ul-Haq responded with a quick smile, “FBR”, everyone was laughing at Misbah’s words. Reporters then insisted that the salary was fixed on which Chief Executive Wasim Khan looked at Misbah and asked if he would like to answer.
Wasim Khan re-opened the conversation and said that whatever position he holds will give him full respect and responsibility, salary is a secret. The reporters again insisted that Waseem said his salary was the same as that of Mikey Arthur, he is the head coach and the chief selector is his value, so why would we give him less money. Former head coach Mikey Arthur used to charge $20,000.
Former chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq pocketed Rs1.6 million for his role.
Misbah had previously rejected the offer of coaching the Under-19 side. The PCB rejected Younis Khan’s request of PKR 15,00,000 for the same role and offered PKR 11,00,000 instead. This resulted in a deadlock between Younis and the PCB.
On the other hand, Misbah looks set to earn around PKR 40,000,000 per year with his current contract. It should be noted that the current CEO and Director Media of the PCB were also hired for record salaries. The new PCB management seems to be failing in their quest to save money.