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Four PSL Franchises joins against Misbah-ul-Haq

Pakistan head coach Misbah ul Haq will return to PSL’s Islamabad United for the 5th edition as the team’s head coach. Misbah has agreed for the role with his former PSL franchise, source revealed.

According to source, Misbah had signed the contract with Islamabad United even before signing with PCB for the job of Pakistan team’s head coach.

He signed with Pakistan team only after the board agreed that he can take up the Pakistan Super League role as well.

However, 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.

According to details, these franchises believe that allowing Misbah to work with one of the teams will lead to conflict of interest as the former Pakistan captain is currently working for the national side.

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.

In a recent meeting with the six franchises to finalise the categories of players for next month’s players draft, a Pakistan Cricket Board official was clearly told by at least four franchises that allowing Misbah-ul-Haq to be part of the PSL would amount to conflict of interest.

“Four franchises made it clear they don’t want Misbah to take part in the PSL in any capacity either as coach or director with any franchise as it would be a major conflict of interest,” a source said.

Before Misbah was handed the dual role of head coach and chief selector by PCB, the board was of the opinion that officials associated with the national side won’t be allowed to work for PSL franchises simultaneously.

But Ehsan Mani reportedly changed its stance, later, as Misbah was not willing to accept the position offered by PCB, without permission of working in PSL.

Misbah is the 10th highest scorer in the Pakistan Super League. Photo: Getty Images

Franchises noted that last year also when Inzamam-ul-Haq was chief selector they had ensured he was dropped from the committee that finalised players list for draft and later also had to call off his association with a franchise.

“One franchise owner made the point that the PCB chairman Ehsan Mani himself has said that he couldn’t remove Pakistan’s former head coach Mickey Arthur and bowling coach Azhar Mahmood from the support staff of a franchise as they had got permission to take part in the PSL from the previous PCB chairman,” the source said.

In the previous editions of the league, former Pakistan head coach, Mickey Arthur, and bowling coach, Azhar Mahmood, were working in the same role for Karachi Kings while chief selector Inzamamul Haq was part of the Lahore Qalandars franchise.

Sources have revealed that two franchises are interested in employing the services of Misbah but the final decision is yet to be taken.

The 5th Pakistan Super League is scheduled to be held in February-March, 2020 The draft for the next season of HBL PSL is likely to take place in late November or early December, this year.

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