Misbah ul Haq is Top Contender for Pakistan Head Coach
A Pakistan Cricket Board official said the PCB is focusing on hiring local coaches for the team and Misbah ul Haq is the primary preference for the job as it would apply for the position of Head coach of Pakistan.
“Foreign cricketers have also applied for key positions of head coach, batting coach and bowling coach, but the PCB’s preference was to hire the local coaches for the team,” Misbah ul Haq said.
However, the deadline for accepting applications for the technical staff was August 26. The official also said that former cricketers Mohsin Hasan Khan, Rashid Latif, Ijaz Ahmed and Saqlain Mushtaq were also under consideration for different roles.
Misbah, who has already been appointed the commander of the pre-season camp in Pakistan, will present himself as head coach of the national team, he said.
The PCB also named Misbah on the three-member panel to review and finalise the six squadrons of provincial cricket associations to be presented in the revamped domestic season from September 12 with the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy.
He said Misbah’s name also circulated for the role of head of selection, but that former goalkeeper and captain Rashid Latif was the leading candidate and favourite for the critical position.
Rashid was also offered the role of head of selection in the tenure of former President Najam Sethi, but declined as he also wanted to head the anti-corruption unit, he said.
He said Mohsin Hasan Khan’s name was being considered for the team manager.
Mohsin also headed the PCB cricket committee previously but resigned saying he wanted to work with the board but did not want to lead the committee.