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PCB set to assign former Pakistani cricketers key responsibilities

No foreigners would get the opportunity to serve at key coaching posts in Pakistan cricket, as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to assign former national cricket stars on key coaching responsibilities.

Several former cricketers have applied for the key slots of head coach, batting coach and bowling coach and it is being discussed to avail their expertise for Pakistan cricket team, a source told APP.

He said former great cricketer Mohsin Hasan Khan, Rashid Latif, Misbah-ul-Haq and Saqlain Mushtaq were also set to be given different roles by PCB.

Misbah who has already been appointed as camp-commandant of the pre-season Pakistan camp would be coming as the head coach for the national team, he said.

Lifestyle changes at top of Misbah’s priorities ahead of training camp. Photo: Getty Images

PCB has also named Misbah in the three-member panel to review and finalize the six provincial cricket associations  squads to feature in the revamped domestic season starting from September 12 with the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

The three-member panel comprises Misbah-ul-Haq, Nadeem Khan and Rashid Latif, which will meet at the Gaddafi Stadium on Thursday after which the six teams will be announced next week with details to follow in due course.

“Misbah’s name was also circulating for the role of chief selector but as he would be travelling with the national team to Australia in November for two Tests and three Twenty20s therefore he won’t be able to monitor the first-class domestic season,” he said.

Apart from all this, Former cricket captain Misbah-ul-Haq on Wednesday turned down all rumors about him being the next national team coach and said that he has not applied for the post of Pakistan head coach.

Speaking to the media after the second day of training at the National Cricket Academy, Misbah said, “My complete attention is towards the camp. I am paying special attention to the centrally contracted players. My aim is to get the players to have better fitness and to pick the best players.”

Therefore, currently former wicket-keeper and captain Rashid Latif is the front and favorite candidate for the job of chief selector.

“Rashid was also offered the role of chief selector in former chairman Najam Sehti’s tenure but he declined as he wanted to head the anti-cor*uption unit as well,” he said.

The source said the name of Mohsin Hasan Khan was being considered for the team manager. Mohsin was heading the PCB’s cricket committee previously but resigned saying he wanted to work with the board but he does not want to head the committee.

Former Pakistani captain Waqar Younis has joined the race to become the national team’s bowling coach after he submitted a request Thursday to consider his candidacy for the post.

Waqar Younis joins race to become Pakistan bowling coach. Photo: Getty Images

According to the sources, Waqar Younis is the most high-profile applicant for the post of Pakistan team’s bowling coach. Separately, he has been the team’s head coach twice in the past — the last time being from May 2014 to April 2016.

It is noteworthy that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) earlier announced it was accepting applications for coaching staff. The deadline to submit applications is August 26.

According to sources, former off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq is all set to become the coach of the Under-19 national cricket team and his first assignment would be the ACC Under-19 Asia Cup 2019.

The U19 Asia Cup would be played in Sri Lanka from September 5 to 14 and Pakistan team led by Rohail Nazir is placed in Group A along with India, Afghanistan and Kuwait.

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