Former skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has confirmed that he is in the running to become the next head coach of Pakistan after he stepped down from his role with the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Cricket Committee.
The former captain’s name has been heavily linked to the Pakistan job ever since the PCB opted against renewing the contracts of head coach Mickey Arthur and his coaching staff post the completion of the 2019 ICC World Cup in England.
With his latest decision to step down from the prestigious Cricket Committee role, Misbah is looking like the frontrunner to fill Arthur’s boots for Pakistan.
Misbah met with PCB director of international cricket, Zakir Khan, on Monday to submit his resignation from the Cricket Committee before formally putting in his application for the Pakistan head coach job.
📰 Misbah-ul-Haq has stepped down from the PCB Cricket Committee after expressing interest in applying for the role of the national cricket team’s head coach.— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) August 26, 2019
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“It has been interesting to see my name being mentioned as a future head coach of the Pakistan cricket team, but the fact is I only made the decision today,” Misbah stated.
“I am applying for the head coach’s role fully aware that the competition will be tough as I envisage there will be a few more very competent and highly qualified people applying for one of the most challenging jobs in the game.
“In saying so, I have to admit it is everyone’s dream to coach Pakistan cricket team, which has tremendous potential to be a force to be reckoned with across all formats.”
The PCB had invited applications for the head coach role on August 9 with the final deadline for all submissions being August 26. Former New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson had earlier confirmed that he has not applied for the job while former Australia international Dean Jones is among the coaches reportedly in the running.
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