LAHORE: Pakistan cricket team head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis have stepped down. They told the Pakistan Cricket Board about their decisions on Monday. New interim coaches have been appointed.
Misbah and Waqar were appointed in September 2019 and still had a year each left in their contracts.
With the New Zealand side due to arrive on September 11 for the three ODI and five T20I series and the Pakistan side to assemble in Islamabad on 8 September, the PCB has appointed Saqlain Mushtaq and Abdul Razzaq as interim coaches for the series, with the team management for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 to be appointed in due course.
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 and that too in a bio-secure environment, I have decided to step down from the role.”
Waqar Younis 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.”
PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said the PCB understood and respected their decisions.
“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.
“In the past 24 months, Misbah has given his very best to the team and we wish him well in his future endeavors”.
He also appreciated Waqar for his work and commitment over the past two years and wished him the very best in the future.
“Saqlain Mushtaq and Abdul Razzaq have been appointed as interim coaches for the New Zealand series. Saqlain is the Head of International Player Development at the National High Performance Centre, while Abdul Razzaq’s domestic side won three titles in the 2020-21 season,” said Wasim Khan.