Misbah-ul-Haq Likely to be Pakistan’s Next Head Coach: Report

Former Pakistan captain, Misbah-ul-Haq is likely to replace Mickey Arthur as Head Coach of the national team, reports have emerged.

Earlier today, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided against renewing Mickey Arthur’s contract along with bowling and batting coaches Azhar Mehmood and Grant Flower.

The 45-year-old Misbah is also a part of the high-profile Cricket Committee which presented its recommendations to the board regarding the performance of the team and the management in the past three years.

Misbah has led Pakistan in 56 Tests with 26 wins – the most by any Pakistani – and a win percentage of 46.42. He has also captained the national team in 87 ODIs with a 53.48% winning record. He took Pakistan to the number one rank in the longest format after taking over the captaincy post-2010 spot-fixing saga.

Reports suggest that Mohammad Akram is likely to be the next bowling coach and if someone else is hired for the head coach role, Misbah might also serve as the batting coach.

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  • This is awesome!
    – proven ability as a leader (especially during a time of great distress in our cricket)
    – is recent / understands the modern game
    – commands respect of the current lot of players, many of whom were given their opportunities by Misbah himself
    – possesses a sound analytical mind (was invited by a large body like ESPN for analysis during the World Cup and loved his thoughts)
    – an MBA degree is cherry on top

    • Misbah was a good captain as far as Test cricket was concerned. But his approach in ODIs pushed Pakistan cricket backward in terms of how modern ODI cricket is played. Unfortunately, Pakistan couldn’t come out of that flaw they developed during his regime. This will be a poor decision as far as the requirement for modern cricket is a positive approach to the game.

  • Without any disrespect for Misbah, I honestly believe that Mohsin Khan is the best option for the position of coach.

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