Shoaib Akhtar congratulates and pulls Misbah-ul-Haq’s leg for the new ‘Dual’ responsibility

Shoaib Akhtar congratulates and pulls Misbah-ul-Haq’s leg for the new ‘Dual’ responsibility

He also hoped that Misbah would do wonders in the new posts he's taking up.

Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar. (Photo Source: Arif Ali/AFP/GettyImages)

After parting ways with Mickey Arthur as the head coach and Inzamam-ul-Haq as the chief selector, the Pakistan Cricket Board decided to appoint former captain Misbah-ul-Haq as the new head coach and the selection committee head. Not often we see one person take up these two huge posts, but the PCB is ready to take up this gamble.

While there are many congratulatory messages flooding in for Misbah, his former colleague Shoaib Akhtar wished him luck with a small dig at the PCB. He sarcastically questioned if Misbah would be appointed the PCB chairman in the coming as well. He also hoped that Misbah would do wonders in the new posts he’s taking up.

“Congratulations to Misbah for the new ‘dual’ role of Head Coach as well as Chief Selector for Pakistan Cricket Team. I am surprised he is not appointed the Chairman PCB as well along with it. Hahahaha. I am just kidding. I really hope he does wonders like before (sic),” the 44-year-old added.

It is an honor and a massive responsibility: Misbah

Misbah represented Pakistan in 75 Tests, 162 ODIs and 39 T20Is, scoring more than 11,000 runs for the country. After captaining the side in the 2015 World Cup, the 45-year-old hung up his boots in ODI cricket and a couple of years later, he bowed out from the Tests as well.

After he was assigned with this dual responsibility, Misbah said it was a great honor as well as a responsibility on his shoulders. Well wary of all the expectations surrounding these posts, he said he is all up for the challenge and will give his 100% for the betterment of the side.

“It is very humbling for me to join a select group of some of the very best to have coached the Pakistan national sides in the past. It is an honor and more than that, a massive responsibility as we live and breathe cricket. I know expectations are high, but I am absolutely ready and up for the task otherwise I would not have thrown my name in the hat for one of the most challenging and coveted roles in Pakistan cricket,” Misbah said.

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