Hyderabad: Former Pakistan captain, Misbah-Ul-Haq has been named head coach of the Pakistan cricket team as well as chief selector. Waqar Younis has been elected as bowling coach for all the three formats on a three-year contract on Wednesday.
The decision comes after Pakistan’s exit in the league stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 due to its negative net run-rate.
After Pakistan was unable to perform to its potential, talks were on to change the coaching panel. In addition, former coach Mickey Arthur was sacked from his post as head coach.
Talks were also on for a new coaching unit as the team needed change and former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was one of the contenders for the post, but Misbah-ul-Haq was selected.
Former two-time head coach Waqar Younis was named as the bowling coach on the recommendation of Misbah-ul-Haq.
On being elected as head coach and chief selector, Misbah-ul-Haq said, “It is an honour and a massive responsibility. It is very humbling for me to join a select group of some of the very best to have coached the Pakistan national sides in the past. It is an honour and more than that, a massive responsibility as we live and breathe cricket,” quoted Pakistan’s official website.
He also said that he is excited to have Younis as the bowling coach as the latter can transform the young fast bowlers’.
“We have an exciting group of young fast bowlers’ in our ranks, and there is no better person than Waqar to transform them into modern-day stars,” Misbah added.