Pakistan Head Coach Misbah-Ul-Haq & Bowling Coach Waqar Younis step down from their Roles

Pakistan Head Coach misbah-Ul-Haq & Bowling Coach Waqar Younis steps down from their Roles

Just a few hours after the announcement of Pakistan’s 15 member squad for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, Pakistan’s National Cricket team head Coach Misbah-ul-Haq & Bowling Coach Waqar Younis have resigned from their respective roles. The duo communicated their final decision to the PCB late on Monday morning.

As Pakistan is scheduled to host New Zealand for three ODIs & five T20Is starting from September 17 till October 3rd, the PCB has appointed Saqlain Mushtaq & Abdul Razzaq as interim coaches for the series with the board appointing the team management for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in due course of time.  New Zealand will arrive in Pakistan on September 11th to feature in the limited-overs series while Paksitan will assemble in Islamabad by 8th September.

“Misbah-Ul-Haq & Waqar Younis were appointed in September 2019 & still had a year each left in their contracts”, the PCB said in its Official statement.

Misbah-Ul-Haq said, “The quarantine in Jamaica post the West Indies series provided me with an opportunity to reflect on the past 24 months as well as the schedule for International cricket ahead. Considering that I would have had to continue to spend considerable time away from my family & that too in a bio-secure environment, I have decided to step down from the role”.

“I understand that the timing may not be ideal but I don’t think I am in the right frame of mind for the upcoming challenges and it makes sense for someone fresh to step in and take the side forward.

“The past 24 months have been thoroughly enjoyable and I want to thank my team and the management for their support. I wish the Pakistan cricket team best of luck in the upcoming events and will continue to support them every time they will take the field to represent Pakistan”, Misbah-Ul-Haq added in his statement.

Waqar, on the other hand, said, “After Misbah shared with me his decision and future plans, it was a straightforward one for me to resign as we had walked into the roles together, had worked collectively as a pair and now also step down together.

“Working with the Pakistan bowlers, including the youngsters, has been most satisfying as they have now started to show progress. Bio-secure environments in the past 16 months have had their impact, something we had never experienced during our playing days.

“The next eight months will be busy and exciting for the Pakistan team and, like in the past, I will continue to back and cheer them. I want to thank each and every member of the Pakistan cricket team set-up as we stayed united in good and bad days, and hope there will be brighter days ahead.”

The PCB CEO, Wasim Khan thanked the duo for their services to PCB & said, “The PCB understands and respects Misbah’s decision. Cricket in this unprecedented bio-secure world has not been easy for anyone and Misbah has clearly taken into account the intense six months of non-stop cricket ahead,” Wasim said.

“In the past 24 months, Misbah has given his very best to the team and we wish him well in his future endeavors. It has been an honorable decision by Waqar and we thank him sincerely for his immense work and commitment over the past two years and wish him the very best in the future.

“Both Misbah and Waqar have given so much to Pakistan cricket over a long period of time and for that, they deserve a huge amount of respect”.

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