Misbah ul Haq has big advantage over other head coaches, says Sohail Tanvir
Pakistani fast bowler Sohail Tanvir believes that Pakistan new head coach and chief Selector Misbah ul Haq had a significant advantage over other candidates who applied for the job. The player in the left arm said Misbah has recently played international cricket, which will allow him to do a better job compared to others.
“The appointment of Misbah ul Haq as head coach, in my opinion, is an excellent choice,” Sohail Tanvir said as he spoke to reporters. “There have been some reservations about the fact that he has no experience as an international coach, but has a great advantage over other candidates. He has recently played international cricket, which is a crucial factor, as, in the last 6-8 years, the game has changed a lot not only in terms of skills needed to succeed but also in terms of the mentality needed to win games.”
Sohail Tanvir also spoke about PCB’s decision to give Misbah the dual role of the head coach and head of selection.
“As far as he’s concerned, he has a dual role as head coach and selector chairman, let me start by saying that this is a new concept for us, but as I said before, we can’t know about the true value of this change until we see results of that,” he said. Misbah will be in charge of the whole process, and that will also give you additional authority. It also means that, as head coach, you won’t be able to hide behind the coaches’ decisions and blame them if things don’t go according to plans.”
Speaking about the appointment of Waqar Younis as the team’s bowling coach, Tanvir believes the former Pakistan player will face fewer difficulties in his last stint with the national team.
“Waqar Younis in his third term in a coaching role for Pakistan will face less difficulty in doing his job,” he said. “The reason is that your role this time will be different. In his previous job with the Pakistan side, he was a head coach, and that presents a different set of challenges, but now, as a bowler coach, his role might be limited.”
“The guidelines will be set by Misbah, who will be the head coach and Waqar will simply need to work within those parameters,” he added.
The 34-year-old also believes That Waqar will need to learn from past experiences and improve his management of men if he wants to succeed in this role.
“While Waqar was a legendary bowler in his day and the kind of bowling skills he possessed was fantastic, being a coach requires a different mindset,” he said. “Just as a player learns from our experience, just as a coach will also develop their skills based on experience. Specifically, you’ll learn how to manage men and how to manage players and understand their needs and requirements.”
The first assignment of the Misbah-Waqar combination will be the next three local ODI series and three T20Is against Sri Lanka, to play from September 27 to October 9.