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PCB set to reduce Misbah-ul-Haq’s workload

Misbah-ul-Haq was handed unprecedented influence over Pakistan cricket, with the PCB confirming his appointment as coach of the national side, as well as – uniquely – chief selector.

Pakistan’s most successful Test captain was also be reunited with Waqar Younis, who has been named bowling coach. Waqar was head coach twice during Misbah’s near-seven-year tenure as captain, the pair working well together in registering some of Pakistan’s finest successes in the period. Both have been given three-year contracts.

Head coach Misbahul Haq’s reign is barely a few weeks old and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) appears to have already realised that the experiment of handing him a dual role has its fundamental shortcomings, which it is now trying to fix.

For weeks, several former cricketers had been questioning how Misbah would be able to do justice with the chief selector’s job when he would be away with the national team and not monitoring first-class matches.

Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah’s biggest critic these days, was at the forefront of those raising the question.

The PCB, probably having realised the disconnect between the chief selector and the provincial head coaches, has now advertised that it is on the lookout for a coordinator of the selection committee.

The individual, the PCB says, “will act as a bridge between the six CA coaches/selectors and the chief selector”.

Among his other responsibilities will be to watch first-class matches, monitor and maintain profiles of high performers and spot talent for the national pool — pretty much what the chief selector used to do in the now-scrapped system.

The PCB however, has clarified that the new coordinator would not be a part of the selection committee. He will be responsible for making a detailed performance report according to the instructions of the six coaches and then sharing the findings with the chief selector.

“Monitor and maintain profiles and stats of all high performers participating in domestic tournament and communicate to the National Selection Committee. Observe domestic cricket matches of all formats to track talent for the purpose of recommending a backup pool of players. Preparing detailed reports on players,” the PCB advert added.

The PCB requires the candidates to have had at least done a level II coaching course, adding that “preference will be given to former international cricketers or experienced first-class cricketers.”

According to ESPNcricinfo reporter Umar Farooq Kalson, the individual leading the field is a certain someone whose surname is Khan.

Based on that information, the person that fits the profile the most could be Mohsin Hasan Khan, who was in the running for the head coach’s position, which eventually went to Misbah.

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