Misbah, Waqar get one final chance for reviving team’s fortunes

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 14, 2021

The meeting was also attended by Pakistan head coach Misbahul Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis who gave feedback and input to the committee.

According to sources, Cricket Committee members Wasim Akram, Umar Gul, and Urooj Mumtaz suggested against removing Misbah.

The PCB Cricket Committee unanimously agreed that the backroom staff needed to provide absolute clarity on their collective strategy and approach so that they could be evaluated and assessed against those objectives at the next meeting.

Misbah brought up the limitations and constraints in the last seven months as a justification for some of the below-par performances, specifically prior to the tour of New Zealand, where Pakistan spent nearly three weeks in quarantine in New Zealand.

"As a effect, Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq and Shadab Khan were unavailable for Test selections after Fakhar Zaman had missed the flight on the day of the departure".

"The PCB has been conveyed by its patron in chief, prime minister, Imran Khan that the performance of the team is not satisfactory and no visible improvement has been seen in the team in the past year or so", a well-informed source said. These big losses affected the team combinations.

However, the chairman said the committee "strongly believed team selections and choice of players in the playing line-ups should have been made better".

"Pakistan will next take on South Africa, I am telling you if Pakistan does not create spinning tracks, the visiting team will score 500 every time. However, it has already been relayed to the team management that there will be no points for second place".

Zakir Khan informed the committee that all arrangements have been put in place for the befitting delivery of the series under hard and challenging bio-secure environment.

Misbah is also expected to address a press conference on Monday in Lahore as the Pakistan team players and officials have started returning from New Zealand.

The PCB Cricket Committee complimented the women's wing for arranging and scheduling worldwide series against South Africa and England, which indicates that women's cricket was firmly on the PCB's radar despite the hard pandemic situation.

The director informed the committee about the national side's commitments in 2021.

"PCB has already offered Andy Flower the head coach job". "The greatest fast bowler in the history of cricket is working under Misbah". According to a report in Jang, the committee has taken away the head coach's right to select the playing XI in the upcoming home series against South Africa.

With the South African squad due to reach Karachi on Saturday and the first Test starting from January 26, the PCB faces a tricky situation and it will be interesting to see the future course of action from the board. Before that, the Pakistani players were in a bio-bubble in England, as well as at home during the final leg of the PSL, the Zimbabwe series, the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and the National T20s.

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