Misbah-ul-haq has vowed to fix Pakistan’s ‘dressing room culture’ after he was named both head coach and chief selector of the national side on Wednesday.
The former Pakistan captain only applied for the role on the deadline day for submissions last month, having stepped down as a member of the national cricket committee.
The PCB – helped by a five-man panel – have now effectively given the 45-year-old carte blanche as the men in green look to bounce back from a World Cup campaign in which they failed to reach the semi-finals.
Misbah, who will have another playing legend in Waqar Younis by his side as bowling coach, said: “It is very humbling for me to join a select group of some of the very best to have coached the Pakistan national sides in the past. It is an honour and more than that, a massive responsibility as we live and breathe cricket.
“I know expectations are high, but I am absolutely ready and up for the task otherwise I would not have thrown my name in the hat for one of the most challenging and coveted roles in Pakistan cricket.
“We have some of the most talented and exciting cricketers, and I will like to help them train and prepare in such a way that they can play intelligently, smartly and fearlessly. I am aware this will require a change in the dressing room culture but if we have to compete consistently at the highest level, we have to embrace these modern day requirements.”
Misbah’s first task will be to guide his side past Sri Lanka in three ODIs and three T20s later this month, with all matches set to be played in Pakistan.
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.
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.
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.