PCB Appoint of Misbah and Waqar Younis
Former captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis have been selected as the head coach and bowling coach of the Pakistan team respectively for the next three years appoint by PCB.
The pair received approval from a five-member panel, which interviewed several candidates and submitted their recommendations to the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and a formal announcement in this regard is to be made on Wednesday.
Misbah and Waqar had worked together in the past when the former Pakistan captain was there and later was the head coach. Misbah was the front-runner for the head coach’s job, even though he applied for it on the last day of submission on August 26 after resigning as a member of the National Cricket Committee. The PCB also appointed him as the Camp Commandant of the existing pre-season training camp in which most of the contracted players are participating.
Also, in the race for the head coach position were Pakistan’s former Test batsman Mohsin Hassan Khan and Dean Jones. Mohsin resigned from his post as the chairman of the National Cricket Committee after he announced his interest in the post.
Misbah was a surprise appointee as Pakistan captain in 2011 and led the team to become one of the country’s biggest slippers. It remains to be seen whether he can spell the same as the head coach. Waqar’s readiness to work under Misbah is astonishing given that he has been Pakistan’s head coach on two occasions in the past.
Former West Indies great Kourtney Walsh had also applied for the post of bowling coach, but Waqar’s experience working with the national team stirred him up as the first choice. He first joined the national team as a bowling coach in 2006, leaving only in 2007 after the PCB decided to keep its services for the Test series against South Africa, but not the last ODI series.
He applied for the same post in 2009 before being replaced as head coach in Intikhab Alam but resigned after a rift with then ODI captain Shahid Afridi after the 2011 World Cup. He was re-appointed as head coach in 2014, but the PCB complained that his confidential report against some of the team’s players had been leaked.