Misbah To Step Down As Pakistan Cricket Chief Selector

Misbah To Step Down As Pakistan Cricket Chief Selector”

Misbah-ul-Haq has chose to step down as Pakistan chief selector to focus more on his head coach role with the national cricket team.

The PCB said Misbah will pick the squads for the upcoming home series against Zimbabwe and the away series against New Zealand before handing over the reins to a new chief selector, who takes over from December 1.

"I want to announce that I am leaving the responsibility as chief selector", he said at a press conference.

"It is my choice to quit the post of the chief selector as it would be hard for me to focus on coaching due to the cricket team's upcoming global commitments", he said. So I am making this announcement in front of you and hopefully the next chief selector will make things better.

He also said that he was satisfied that in his one year the national team had shown some development and some good young players had come up.

"It is not correct". I want to give my best as head coach of the national team.

Amid reports of former pacer Mohammad Akram being appointed the chief selector, Pakistan Cricket Board CEO Wasim Khan on Wednesday said the board was considering three candidates for the slot that will fall vacant after November 30.

During this 13-month period under Misbah, Pakistan failed to raise a formidable side in any of the three formats as no major victory against high-ranked teams could be achieved. Pakistan has recalled allrounder Faheem Ashraf and offspinner Bilal Asif for next week's ICC World Test Championship match against Bangladesh at Rawalpindi.

The new chief selector will be in charge of naming the squads for the January home series against South Africa. The Pakistan team received some flak when they toured England for the Test and T20I series as they lost the rain-marred Test series 1-0, while drawing the T20I series 1-1.

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It may also be mentioned here that Misbah took the decision to step down on his own since the PCB could not analyse - as promised - his one-year performance because of a non-functional national cricket committee after its chairman Iqbal Qasim resigned last month after developing differences with the PCB.

Misbah said with time one learns whether a decision is right or wrong.

Misbah insisted that he had not quit as chief selector because of pressure from the board or any quarter.

Since Misbah took over both the roles, Pakistan featured in only two series, with moderate success. He added his job with SNGPL also did not matter as he has already sought NOC from the department.

The PCB made it clear it was not happy with Misbah and the two other players going directly to meet the PM to discuss what was a policy decision of the board.

"When we made this offer to Misbah, the PCB had no viable option for the post of chief selector as we were looking ahead and forward".

"But since previous year, things have improved significantly".

"With the new Cricket Association system in full flow, the chief selector has to be able to watch as much domestic cricket as possible".

As far as Akram was concerned, Shoaib reckoned that the latter has proven his credentials with the Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

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