Misbah-ul-Haq has stepped down as chief elector for the Pakistani men’s team and will focus exclusively on coaching duties.
Misbah, the former captain, took over the dual role for Pakistan last September and was responsible for both selection and coaching of the team. He was appointed coach for a three-year term a few months after Mickey Arthur’s team missed a spot in the semi-finals of the ICC Men’s World Cricket Championship.
Misbah said he felt pressure to do both of the tasks. Its decision could also have been influenced by the new PCB Code of Ethics, ratified in July 2020, which aims to give greater priority to resolving conflicts of interest.
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Misbah-ul-Haq steps down from one of his roles with the Pakistan men's team. pic.twitter.com/GF2bBlnTZe
“I really enjoyed the dual roles, but after reviewing the past 12 months and anticipating the workload for the next 24 months of my tenure, it is appropriate that I devote all of my time, energy, and attention to one role from now on” , he said.
A PCB press release stated that a new Chief Selector would take over responsibility on December 1st. Until then, Misbah will continue to play the role.
Pakistan has had mixed results under Misbah’s coaching so far, winning seven of its 19 games since taking over and losing nine. Perhaps the most surprising result was the 3-0 home loss to Sri Lanka in T20Is shortly after his takeover. They have shown encouraging signs in recent times, drawing their away T20I streak 1-1 against a dominating English team. They lost one test on this tour by a narrow margin and drew the other two games.
Misbah now wants to build on the foundation to help Pakistan climb to the top 3 of the MRCC Tires ICC men’s team rankings in each of the three formats.
“I’m happy with the way the team is developing. A lot of players have come into the setup and sealed their seats. The mission now is to get Pakistan in the top three in every format.”