PCB to review Misbah-ul-Haq’s performance over the last one year
Back in October 2019, Misbah took over as the coach and selector after Mickey Arthur and other coaches were released.
Updated - Oct 9, 2020 9:35 am
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is set to review the one-year performance of Misbah-ul-Haq, the national selector and head coach of the Pakistan national team. The PCB plans to do so before Pakistan’s home series against Zimbabwe that gets underway on October 30 at the Multan Cricket Stadium.
Wasim Khan, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the PCB, said that he and PCB chairman Ehsan Mani would be having a chat with the former Pakistan skipper regarding the latter’s performance analysis.
“We will also ask him about his future plans particularly for the coming home series against Zimbabwe. Whether he has any plans to try out youngsters against them or not,” Khan was quoted as saying to the media, reported by Hindustan Times.
Khan also mentioned that he and Mani couldn’t talk to Misbah and Azhar Ali, the Test skipper over their interaction with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan where they planned for departmental teams to take part in domestic tournaments.
Previously, Mani stated that he wasn’t happy with Misbah approaching Imran Khan directly for matters concerning Pakistan’s domestic cricket. A source also said that Misbah would also be made aware of PCB’s new ethics code which doesn’t allow one to hold dual jobs.
Misbah-ul-Haq under the scanner
Back in October 2019, Misbah took over as the coach and selector after Mickey Arthur and other coaches were released following Pakistan’s dismal show in the 2019 World Cup. Pakistan didn’t start on an auspicious note under Misbah as they lost the home T20I series to Sri Lanka 3-0, though they won the ODI series.
Pakistan, then, flattered to deceive in the Test and T20I series in Australia. However, they did well against the Lankans and Bangladesh in the World Test Championship. Pakistan last played a Test and T20I series in England back in August.
Misbah remains to be one of Pakistan’s greatest cricketers. In 75 Tests, 162 ODIs and 39 T20Is, he managed 5222, 5122 and 788 runs respectively with 10 centuries and 84 half-centuries. He retired from international cricket back in 2017.
However, his last competitive match was in 2019 when he turned out for the Peshawar Zalmi in the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).