Reports: Misbah-ul-Haq not to participate in PSL 4

Reports: Misbah-ul-Haq not to participate in PSL 4

He led Islamabad United to two PSL titles.

Misbah-ul-Haq
Misbah-ul-Haq. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq will not be playing in the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), according to sources close to the subject. He has led the defending champions Islamabad United to two PSL titles and is with the franchise for the last three seasons.

Misbah ul-Haq has found a place in the new cricketing committee that has been handed a wide range of powers to oversee various aspects of Pakistan cricket. He will chair the committee along with Mohsin Khan, Wasim Akram, and Urooj Mumtaz. Misbah has himself been an ardent spokesperson for increased development in grassroots level cricket. He had earlier shared video footage of squalid conditions in dressing rooms at the LCCA ground in Lahore during the first round of the Quaid-e-Azam trophy this year.

According to the sources in Geo TV, the franchise is currently in talks with the veteran cricketer about his next official role in the setup. The Islamabad-based franchise reportedly wants the former Pakistan captain to take up the position of a mentor for the upcoming edition of the PSL. Meanwhile, they have also mentioned that Tauseef Ahmed will no longer be part of the coaching staff, while former Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal could be roped in as well.

Misbah’s career in a glimpse

The 44-year old has been one of Pakistan’s most successful captains, having led the national side to some famous victories both at home and overseas. Misbah-ul-Haq finished his international career with more than 11,000 runs. Having played 75 Tests, he averaged a healthy 46.62. His final appearance in the longest format was alongside Pakistan legend Younis Khan, where the visiting Pakistanis clinched a dramatic victory against the Windies in the dying minutes of the game.

They thus registered their maiden series victory in the Caribbean, which was a fitting end to the careers of two accomplished cricketers from the country.

The fourth edition of PSL is set to begin on February 14, 2019. Islamabad United bagged their second title last year by defeating the Peshawar Zalmi by 3 wickets in the final that was held in Karachi.

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