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Who is the front-runner for Pakistan Cricket Team’s Head Coach?

The role of various coaches — head and others — in Pakistan’s national cricket team setup is more important than you think or it should be. Pakistan Cricket Board is all set to announce the new coach of Pakistan Cricket Team in few days.

Former captain Misbah-ul-Haq Tuesday emerged as the favourite to take over as Pakistan’s cricket coach. Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq on Monday stepped down from the PCB Cricket Committee after expressing interest in applying for the role of the national cricket team’s head coach.

Misbah met PCB Director International Cricket, Zakir Khan here and informed him of his decision, following which he formally applied for the head coach’s role.

The PCB has not reveal whether anyone else had applied for the post. However, Pakistani media said former Australian batsman Dean Jones and ex-West Indies paceman Courtney Walsh were among the applicants.

Misbah-ul-Haq said that competition for the job would be tough.

“It is interesting to see my name emerging in the media even before I had applied… I envisage there will be a few more very competent and highly qualified people applying for one of the most challenging jobs in the game,” he added.

Misbah totalled 26 wins in 56 Tests as captain, with 19 losses and 11 draws. He retired in 2017. Photo: WILLIAM WEST / AFP / Getty Images

Another strong contender for the head coach, the former Australian cricketer Dean Jones has been around long enough to know a lot about international cricket but he has never truly coached a top-level side.

He was made the interim head coach of the Afghanistan cricket team in October 2017 but it was for a single fixture and that too against Hong Kong.

Australias Dean Jones promises big news after applying for Pakistan coach. Photo: Getty Images

He does not have a ton of experience coaching at the highest level. However, he is well-liked in cricketing circles and has an excellent rapport with cricketing authorities in Pakistan, especially due to his work in the PSL. Jones boasts two titles as the head coach of the Pakistan Super League franchise Islamabad United.

West Indies’ Courtney Walsh easily has the greatest stature, both physically and metaphorically. The towering Jamaican, one of the finest fast bowlers of his generation, is also a head coaching novice like the two above.

He, however, was Bangladesh’s bowling coach in the last three years. His contract expired at the end of the World Cup 2019, and he is now eyeing a step up the coaching ladder.

Courtney Walsh was Bangladesh’s bowling coach in the last three years

Pakistan are likely to announce their new head coach ahead of the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka starting in Karachi from September 27.

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