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Islamabad United appointed new Head Coach

Two-time Pakistan Super League (PSL) champions Islamabad United have parted ways with head coach Dean Jones. Islamabad United decided against continuing with former Australia cricket Dean Jones as the head coach for the fifth edition of the tournament.

“In preparation for the whole tournament moving to Pakistan and the natural progression of different members of the team, we have been evolving our plans and strategies over the past year. “We continue to believe strongly that the only way to remain successful in as competitive an environment as the PSL is via constant evolution,” the franchise stated in its press release.

Now Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Islamabad United have made Misbah-ul-Haq their new head coach after sacking the long-serving Dean Jones, reported ESPNcricinfo.

Although not official yet, Misbah replacing Jones had been on the cards for some time, and was one of Pakistan cricket’s worst kept secrets, especially after Jones was let go a day earlier despite leading the side to two PSL championships — more than everyone else.

Misbah led Islamabad United to be the first champions of Pakistan Super League, and again was captain of the Islamabad United when the team won the third edition of PSL.

The appointment of a man who also is the head coach and chief selector of the national team does not sit right with the other five PSL franchises, according to ESPNcricinfo.

In a recent meeting with PCB, atleast four Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises have asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to stop the Men in Green head coach-cum-chief selector Misbahul Haq from associating himself with the league.

The franchises are concerned that Misbah’s appointment could create a conflict-of-interest as he already holds two powerful positions within the national team’s setup.

The concerns could have some merit as Misbah could, in theory, would have the authority to give preference to Islamabad United players in the national team, thus raising the profile of and upgrading the franchise’s roster against other franchises.

While the quintet of franchises may not agree, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), it appears, already has despite saying earlier that it was against the idea of national team officials participating in the PSL.

It is not the first time this year that Misbah finds himself in a conflict-of-interest situation. His appointment as the Pakistan head coach had triggered debate whether he should have been given the position considering he was a member of the cricket committee that had ousted his predecessor, Mickey Arthur.

One possible way out of the situation, the ESPNcricinfo report states, could be to disallow Misbah from partaking in the PSL draft.

It is pertinent to mention here that before Misbah, Athur too had held a PSL head coaching position simultaneously with the national team gig.

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