Former Pakistan cricket team captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who was appointed to the joint position of head coach and chief selector for the men’s team in Sept 2019, has resigned from his role as chief selector, he announced in a presser on Wednesday.
Misbah’s appointment — a first in Pakistan cricket — came after a unanimous nod from a five-member panel, which interviewed several candidates and submitted their recommendations to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani.
The former captain believes that it is no longer possible for him to focus on the dual role but will continue working as the national team’s head coach.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the dual roles but after reviewing the past 12 months and looking ahead at the workload in the next 24 months of my tenure, it is appropriate that I invest and dedicate all my time, energy and attention to one role from now on.
“Coaching is my passion and my ultimate objective remains to contribute to the development of players and help the side achieve bigger successes. When I was appointed last year, I was offered the coaching role first and then given the option to also head the selection committee, which I had graciously accepted.
“I am grateful to the Pakistan Cricket Board for their understanding and for supporting my thought process.
“I had been thinking about the demands and rigours of the dual roles for some time. The meetings with the National High Performance staff and the Cricket Association coaches in the past two weeks have provided me better clarity and helped me in my decision-making as I believe we now have a strong system in place.
“With the new Cricket Association system in full flow, the chief selector has to be able to watch as much domestic cricket as possible. With a big 24 months now coming up, we have mutually agreed that there is a need for me now to be fully focused on one role. I look forward to a strong working relationship with the new chair of the selection committee and hope together we will achieve our collective objectives.”
The 46-year-old also brushed aside the rumors that his resignation had anything to do with his meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan over reservations on domestic cricket structure.
Misbah will announce squads for home series against Zimbabwe and New Zealand tour because he accepted PCB’s request to continue till 30 November before a new chair of the selection committee is appointed.
According to ESPNcricinfo, Misbah’s decision comes as a result of the implementation of PCB’s new code of ethics that was put in place to remove issues arising from conflict of interest. In Misbah’s case, the conflict of interest was of him being selector and coach of the men’s side.