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PCB made a big decision regarding Misbah-ul-Haq’s position as head coach

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is considering changes in the national team’s coaching setup, with Head Coach Misbahul Haq under the pump once again.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is reportedly going to evaluate the position of the senior team’s head coach Misbah-ul-Haq.

According to sources, the PCB was already concerned about the team’s performance in the recent past and the results on New Zealand tour have amplified the board’s reservations with the team management.

Former England head coach Andy Flower and India’s World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten are believed to be in the running to replace Misbah after the South Africa series.

Pakistan lost the T20Is, 2-1, and were also clean swept in the recently concluded two-match Test series against New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Sources have also revealed that an important member of the committee has been tasked with finding a foreign head coach for the national side.

If the process took time then home series vs SA will be the last task of Misbah with PCT in any capacity. Though the removal of Misbah is almost a confirmed thing now.

After the team returns from New Zealand, PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani will hold separate meetings with Misbah, Bowling Coach Waqar Younis and Batting Coach Younis Khan to discuss the national team’s poor performance. Meanwhile, Pakistan Shaheens’ Head Coach Ijaz Ahmed will also be questioned about what went wrong in New Zealand.

Team Manager Mansoor Rana has already been asked to submit the tour report as soon as possible.

The PCB Cricket Committee, under its new chairman Saleem Yousuf, will hold its first meeting, next week, where Misbah is likely to face some tough questions regarding the team’s mediocre performance on the field. Players’ reservations with Misbah will also be discussed in the same meeting.

Saleem Yousuf will head the panel that presently includes Ali Naqvi (match officials’ representative), Umar Gul (current cricketers’ representative), Urooj Mumtaz (women cricketers’ representative), and Wasim Akram (former cricketers’ representative).

The cricket committee will submit its recommendations to Mani, after which important decisions about the current team management’s future will be taken.

Misbah was appointed in the dual role of the head coach and chief selector after the 2019 ICC World Cup. He left the position of the chief selector in order to focus on the role of coaching and was recently replaced by former middle-order batsman Muhammad Wasim.

Via: Cricket Pakistan / Agencies

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