Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis emerge as favourites for Pakistan coaching roles

Waseem Ahmed 30/08/2019
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Misbah-ul-Haq.

Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis have reportedly emerged as the favourites the Pakistan head coach and bowling coach jobs respectively following Thursday’s round of interviews before a five-member panel constituted by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

According to a report by Geo News, the two former Pakistan stalwarts have emerged as the preferred choice for the five-member panel led by Intikhab Ali after interviews with various shortlisted candidates.

Apart from Misbah, the other candidates in the running for the Pakistan head coach role are Dean Jones and Mohsin Khan. However, the former Pakistan skipper is reportedly the clear favourite despite his lack of previous coaching experience.

The 45-year-old is currently commandeering a 17-day pre-season training and fitness camp for 25 Pakistan players at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore. The former batsman recently stepped down from his position in PCB’s cricket committee before formally applying for the Pakistan head coach job.

Waqar Younis.

Waqar Younis.

Meanwhile, Waqar Younis looks set to get the nod as the next Pakistan bowling coach after fellow candidate Muhammad Akram dropped out of the running in the last minute. The other candidates vying for the job are former Pakistan pacers Yasir Arafat and Jalaluddin.

The five-member panel which also included PCB managing director Wasim Khan will sent its recommendations to chairman Ehsan Mani before a final decision is announced.

The Pakistan coaching staff roles have been lying vacant ever since the PCB opted against renewing the contracts of Mickey Arthur and his colleagues post the team’s failure to qualify for the 2019 World Cup semi-final.

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PCB chairman Ehsan Mani.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has constituted a five-man panel that will interview shortlisted candidates for the various coaching roles currently open for the men’s national team.

Pakistan are in the hunt for a new head coach and other supporting staff after opting not to renew the contracts of Mickey Arthur and others following the team’s fifth-place finish in the 2019 World Cup.

Former Pakistan skipper and coach Intikhab Alam, Bazid Khan, Asad Ali Khan, PCB chief executive Wasim Khan and PCB director of international cricket Zakir Khan are the five men who have been handed the responsibility of conducting the interviews.

The interviews for the head coach and bowling coach roles are set to be conducted on Thursday following which the panel will make their recommendations to PCB chairman Ehsan Mani.

Once the position of the head coach has been filled, the five-member panel will then conduct interviews for the batting coach and strength and conditioning coach roles.

The PCB has declared that it will not be revealing the names of the shortlisted candidates to maintain confidentiality although former Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has been confirmed to be one of them.

Misbah recently stepped down from his official role with the PCB’s cricket committee before formally applying for the vacant Pakistan head coach job. The former batsman is being considered as the favourite to replace Arthur in the role and he is currently serving as the commandant of Pakistan’s ongoing 17-day national team training camp in Lahore.

Other names considered to be in the running for the Pakistan head coach job are Dean Jones and Mohsin Khan while Waqar Younis has applied for the bowling coach role.

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Pakistan must wait for new head coach with committee not yet appointed

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Pakistan are hunting for new coaches for their national side, but first they’re on the search for the men who will appoint them.

According to a report from Dawn, the PCB have only just started the process of forming a five-man committee to select the new management team in the post-Mickey Arthur era.

Arthur and his support team did not have their contracts renewed after the men in green’s failure to reach the semi-finals of the ICC World Cup in England earlier this summer.

The search for replacements is likely to be close to home. Misbah-ul-haq has reportedly applied for the role of head coach while another former Pakistan captain in Waqar Younis is the biggest name connected with the bowling coach post. A strength and conditioning coach will also be sought after.

However, the vacancies are unlikely to be filled soon, as the PCB try and nail down a five-man committee – most of whom are thought to be former Test players – to sift through the applications.

Pakistan will next be in action starting September 27 as Sri Lanka tour the country for the first game of an historic ODI and T20 series.

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