Misbah and Waqar Backed out from the coach’s role ahead of T20I Worldcup. Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis, respectively, have stood down as head coach and bowling coach of the national men’s team. Misbah justified his decision by stating that he would be spending “significant time away from my family in a bio-secure environment.” Younis explained that because he and Misbah had walked into the roles together, it was only natural for them to “step down together.” The PCB has named interim coaches Saqlain Mushtaq and Abdul Razzaq ahead of New Zealand’s arrival in Pakistan for a white-ball series later this month.
Misbah and Younis informed the PCB of their decisions on Monday morning, just after the squads for the next series against New Zealand, as well as the home series against England and the T20 World Cup, was announced. They had been appointed to their positions in September 2019 and their contracts were still valid for another year.
“The quarantine in Jamaica following the West Indies series allowed me to think on the previous 24 months as well as the international cricket season ahead,” Misbah said in a statement released by the PCB. “Given that I would have had to continue to be away from my family for an extended period of time, and that too in a bio-secure setting, I have decided to step down from the role.
“I realize the timing isn’t ideal, but I don’t believe I’m in the appropriate frame of mind for the future difficulties, and it makes sense for someone else to step in and lead the charge.” I’d want to express my gratitude to my team and management for their assistance over the last 24 months. I wish the Pakistan cricket team the best of luck in the next tournaments, and I will continue to support them whenever they represent Pakistan on the pitch.”
Once Younis knew what Misbah was thinking, he called his decision “straightforward.”
“It was a simple decision for me to leave when Misbah revealed his decision and future plans with me,” he added. “We had come into the jobs together, worked together as a team, and now also step down together.” “Working with Pakistani bowlers, especially the youth, has been really rewarding, as they have begun to show signs of improvement. In the last 16 months, bio-secure situations have had an impact on us, something we had never experienced during our playing days.” The Pakistan squad will have a busy and exciting eight months ahead of them, and I will continue to support and cheer them on as I have in the past.
I’d want to express my gratitude to every member of the Pakistan cricket team, as we have remained united in both good and terrible times, and I hope that there will be better days ahead.”
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