Misbah-ul-Haq, Waqar Younis step down as Pakistan coaches

The PCB announced on Monday that Misbah-ul-Haq has resigned as Pakistan’s head coach (September 6). Waqar Younis has also stepped down as bowling coach which is result of Misbah’s decision. Their decision to resign came just hours after the roster for the 2021 T20 World Cup was revealed.

The PCB has a year left on its contract with the duo, who were appointed in 2019. Saqlain Mushtaq, the bowling coach at PCB’s National High Performance Centre, and Abdul Razzaq will join the team management as interim coaches for the New Zealand series at home, according to the board.

“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. “I have decided to resign from the position since I would have had to continue to spend significant time away from my family, and that too in a bio-secure setting. I realise the timing isn’t ideal, but I don’t believe I’m in the appropriate frame of mind for future difficulties, and it makes sense for someone else to step in and lead the charge.”

Wasim Khan, the PCB’s chief executive, described Misbah and Waqar’s decision as “honourable,” adding that Saqlain and Razzaq, both seasoned coaches, were prepared to take on the role.

“Misbah’s decision is understood and respected by the PCB. Cricket has not been simple for anyone in this unprecedented bio-secure environment, and Misbah has clearly considered the intense six months of non-stop cricket that lie ahead “Wasim remarked. “Misbah has given his all for the team over the last 24 months, and we wish him luck in his future pursuits.”