Misbah named new Pakistan coach, Waqar back on staff

Misbah named new Pakistan coach, Waqar back on staff”

Pakistan's newly appointed head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq will pocket a whopping Rs2.8 million for his dual role, sources said. With not too long to go to the start of Pakistan's domestic season and the next global assignments, time was running out and a choice of an unknown and possibly volatile quantity amongst any number of low-profile candidates could not have gone in favour of Pakistan.

Waqar, on the other hand, had previously been the team's head coach twice. "It is an honour and more than that, a massive responsibility as we live and breathe cricket", commented Misbah. However, Waqar's experience of working with the national team in the past saw him through.

The PCB had used a five-member panel with two independent former cricketers - Intikhab Alam and Bazid Khan - as well as governing board member Asad Ali Khan, Wasim Khan (chief executive, PCB) and Zakir Khan (director - global cricket) for the recruitment process.

Misbah, who played 75 Tests, 162 ODIs and 39 T20Is, said Pakistan has "most talented and exciting cricketers". Where these people will play test matches in Brisbel and Adelaide from November to early December.

On Wednesday, the Pakistan Cricket Board appointed Misbah as head coach and chief selector in a bid to lift the national team's performance.

The cricket board had actively chased Misbah to take up the role.

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Whether such considerations were reasons enough for the choice of Misbah and Waqar for these important roles are questions that Ehsan Mani and Wasim Khan will need to answer in detail in the coming days. A dual role could spell an end to that issue but has the potential to create many more.

During the press conference, it was repeatedly said that Misbah will have full autonomy that comes with the positions that he is holding.

Sharing his thoughts on the appointments, Khan said that the board was delighted to have someone of Misbah's stature mentoring the national side.

"The committee unanimously put their weight behind Misbah as it believed he was a flawless fit for the dual assignments due to his understanding, knowledge and demands of Pakistan cricket, " Khan said.

Both former players have been handed a three-year contracts and the first assignment for the duo will be three-ODI and three T20I home series against Sri Lanka which begins September 27. While the three-match T20 global series between both the teams will take place from October 5th till October 9th.

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