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.
New Zealand rattled Sri Lanka with five early wickets to scent victory after they declared their first innings on 431 for six on day five of the rain-hit second Test on Monday.
At lunch Sri Lanka, who scored 244 in their first innings and were still 187 behind as they started their second, were tottering at 33 for five at Colombo’s P. Sara Oval.
Niroshan Dickwella, on five, and skipper Dimuth Karunaratne on nought, were batting with the hosts still trailing by 154 runs and needing to bat out two sessions to hold on for a series-clinching draw.
Sri Lanka are 1-0 up in the two-Test series after their six-wicket victory in Galle.
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Some of the world’s most successful athletes paid homage to Ben Stokes after the all-rounder led England to victory in the third Ashes Test at Headingley.
Stokes’ 135 not out helped England chase down a mammoth 359 target on the fourth day against Australia, after all seemed lost for the hosts at 286 for nine.
Enter Jack Leach, who valiantly fought to stay in, allowing Stokes to complete his second heroic innings of the summer, having won the World Cup for England just weeks before.
England great Geoffrey Boycott described the victory as one of the best cricket moments of his life, tweeting: “I’ve seen some remarkable cricket moments in my life but that is the best I’ve seen in over 50 years.
“@benstokes38 saved the Ashes and gave a magical inspirational innings. Even better than his World Cup performance.”
Ashes-winning captain Michael Vaughan backed Boycott up, adding: “When @GeoffreyBoycott says it’s the Greatest Test innings he has seen in 60 yrs watching the game you know it’s the GREATEST.”
I’ve seen some remarkable cricket moments in my life but that is the best I’ve seen in over 50 years. @benstokes38 saved the Ashes and gave a magical inspirational innings. Even better than his World Cup performance.— Geoffrey Boycott (@GeoffreyBoycott) August 25, 2019
Well done @ECB_cricket
One man who has already experienced Stokes’ heroics this summer is Eoin Morgan, who captained the England one-day side to victory at Lord’s in the World Cup.
He kept it short and sweet, tweeting: “Truly remarkable” along with a shrugging emoji.
Former players from around the globe also got involved, with former Australia bowler Jason Gillespie hailing Stokes’ innings as “one of the best of all time” while former India great Virender Sehwag tweeted: “That was special from Ben Stokes. Single handedly winning the test match. Great viewing.”
That was special from Ben Stokes. Single handedly winning the test match. Great viewing— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 25, 2019
Ben Stokes, you absolute beauty! What an innings 👏— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) August 25, 2019
But it was not just the world of cricket that was hooked. Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher were sufficiently distracted from the Premier League football on offer.
Liverpool’s Champions League-winner Carragher said he believed the day’s play represented “Test Cricket at its best” while Neville, one of the most decorated club footballers in English history, tweeted “Wow!! Amazing!”
Test Cricket ❤️— Gary Neville (@GNev2) August 25, 2019
Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, meanwhile, appears to believe Stokes has the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award sewn up if his tweets are to be believed.
“Do we need to bother with any other contenders for Sports Personality Of The Year?” he posted.
Do we need to bother with any other contenders for Sports Personality Of The Year?— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 25, 2019
England’s rugby alumni know a career-defining moment when they see one, having lifted the Rugby World Cup in 2003.
Two members of that side logged on to Twitter to share their thoughts, with Matt Dawson tweeting: “I’m not sure I’ll ever forget that knock” while Will Greenwood described the batsman as a “sporting genius”.
I feel like I’ve just stepped into a time machine and ended up in the summer of ‘81..... I’m not sure I’ll ever forget that knock @benstokes38 #puretestcricket #balls #drama #heartfailure #review #runout #sixes #aussiebashing #seriesON #ENGvAUS— Matt Dawson (@matt9dawson) August 25, 2019
Absolutely insane from @benstokes38 - sporting genius— Will Greenwood (@WillGreenwood) August 25, 2019