Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has decided to resign as the chief selector of the men’s cricket team while he will continue as the head coach of the team.
“I want to announce that I am leaving the responsibility as chief selector,” he said at a press conference. “The rationale behind my decision is that in the next two years, we have 10 major series and many of them are away tours. So it’s tough for me to work as chief selector while watching out for domestic cricket”.
It is also rumoured that the Pakistan Cricket Board was forcing the former captain to resign from one of his posts and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq give up the post of the head of the selection committee.
According to the cricket board, the members of the board have been assessing the Misbah’s performance as a head coach as well as the chief selector performance. Pakistan’s Cricket Board conflict of interest code of conduct has also been drafted, which can be a reason behind the resignation decision. Meanwhile, the Misbah-ul-Haq clarified that the resignation decision as chief selector is not related to his meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan.
From day one, Misbah-ul-Haq came under critiques the moment he took charge for the head coach and chief selector. In addition to his duties, Misbah-ul-Haq is also associated with the PSL team Islamabad United and domestically with Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC).
However, Misbah-ul-Haq will continue to perform his duties as a chief selector till the 30th of November. Not only this the head coach will also finalize the squad for the upcoming series against Zimbabwe and New Zealand.
In the meantime, the board is looking for the chief selector role and there was rumour that Shoaib Akhtar was a suitable option but the board denied the news.