Appointment of former cricketer and skipper Misbah-ul-Haq upon important posts of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been challenged in the Lahore High Court (LHC).
Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Amir Bhatti directed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to submit its response in relation to Misbah-ul Haq’s appointment as the head coach and chief selector for the men’s cricket team.
During the hearing on a petition seeking to declare Misbah’s appointment as illegal, Justice Bhatti remarked that the former captain was Pakistan’s star. “We should be glad that the PCB did not ‘import’ a head coach this time,” he said.
“Shouldn’t the PCB be appreciated for this decision?” he asked. “Shouldn’t players like Misbah lead the team as the coach?”
Jusitce Bhatti also asked the petitioner if he had any doubts in Misbah’s capabilities. At this, the petitioner responded saying he had no doubts in the former captain. He, however, said that the appointment was made against the rules and merit.
The petitioner maintained that Misbah did not have any experience of serving as the head coach. He went on to add that the appointment was against the law.
He also pointed out that the former skipper’s salary and other benefits exceeded the pay structure set for the position. He pleaded to the court to declare Misbah’s appointment as illegal.
On September 4, the PCB appointed Misbah on the positions — a first in Pakistan cricket — while Waqar Younis was named the bowling coach.
Apart from all this, Pakistan cricket team’s newly appointed head coach Misbahul Haq is quite literally working day and night ahead of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy’s launch on Saturday.
Misbah, as per Daily Jang, is omnipresent at Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) properties these days, monitoring the teams’ practice sessions in the morning and reviewing the quality of pitches and their preparation in the evening.
The head-coach-cum-chief-selector reportedly met the provincial teams’ coaches and managers, and instructed them to focus on two areas: fitness and discipline.
Misbah told the officials of the six teams to report to the PCB if any player — no matter how influential — makes a disciplinary violation.
If any player tries to use his influence, Misbah said, the matter should be reported directly to him. He would then talk to the board and even go as high as Prime Minister Imran Khan himself in order to take action, he added.
Misbah, during his meetings with domestic coaches, noticed that playing spin, which had traditionally been the strength of Pakistani batsmen, has now become a weakness.
Therefore, he has called up all the spinners in the domestic circuit in order to ensure that the batters are comfortable against the spin.
Misbah reiterated that the national team’s doors are open to everyone, as long as they perform and maintain high fitness and disciplinary levels.