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Saturday 23rd October 2021 / 17 Rabiulawal 1443

Misbah, Waqar Younis resign: is the future of Pakistan’s cricket in jeopardy?

PCB says we respect the decision of Waqar Younis and Misbah-ul-Haq (Photo: PCB)

PCB says we respect the decision of Waqar Younis and Misbah-ul-Haq (Photo: PCB)

National head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis have resigned from their posts, both of whom informed the PCB about their decision yesterday.

Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis were appointed head coach and bowling coach of the national cricket team in September 2019. Following the retirement of the head coach and bowling coach before the national cricket team’s tour of New Zealand and the World Cup, a new debate is going on in the country as to how much the Pakistan team gained or lost in the presence of these days.

Waqar Younis

After resigning from the post of the bowling coach of the national cricket team, Waqar Younis has said that it was an honor to work with the Pakistan cricket team. “It is difficult to say goodbye to the team but it is time for a change,” he said by adding that there is a need to learn the values of relinquishing responsibility.


After stepping down as head coach of the national cricket team, Misbah-ul-Haq said that he reviewed his 24 months during the quarantine in Jamaica, knowing that this is not the ideal time but not currently in such a frame of mind that the future. They want to spend time with their families after taking over responsibilities so that they can cope with the challenges.

Reasons for resignation

Regarding the resignation of national cricket team head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis, sources said that they both had heard that they would be removed if they did not step down.

Sources said that there was an echo of change in the PCB headquarters in Lahore. In such a situation, Misbah met Chief Executive Wasim Khan early in the morning. Wasim Khan said that he should rest in the New Zealand series. Meanwhile, Misbah and Wasim Khan had an argument. Sources said that Misbah-ul-Haq wanted to coach in the New Zealand series and he also had reservations about team selection. He was strongly against Azam Khan’s inclusion in the team. 

Sources said that Misbah decided to part ways with the selection and the attitude of the board. On the other hand, the sources claimed that the Pakistan Cricket Board demanded the resignation of Waqar Younis.

Pakistan Cricket Board

PCB chief executive Wasim Khan says the PCB respects Misbah-ul-Haq’s decision. In the last 24 months, Misbah-ul-Haq has devoted all his energies to Pakistan cricket. He says that Waqar Younis has made a bold decision.

We have appointed Thaqleen Mushtaq and Abdul Razzaq as interim coaches for the New Zealand series. The team management for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will be announced in due course.

Finding new coaches

After the resignations of Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis, Thaqleen Mushtaq and Abdul Razzaq have been given temporary responsibilities. According to sources, the PCB will soon start searching for the head coach and bowling coach.

According to PCB sources, advertisements will be issued for the search for coaches and the process of appointment of coaches will be completed before the ICCT Twenty20 World Cup by fulfilling all the legal requirements. According to sources, the PCB is planning to appoint a foreign head coach and for this, the name of Peter Moores of England has been suggested. There is a strong possibility that Peter Mooreshi could be the new coach of the Pakistan team.

Disputes between Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis

Misbah-ul-Haq, who resigned as the head coach of the national cricket team, has been an average player and if his entire career is covered, it is difficult to attribute any significant achievement or success to him. As far as Waqar Younis is concerned, he has been a seasoned fast bowler of his time. However, during the tenure of these two coaches, the Pakistan cricket team faced severe difficulties and controversies.

Many players, including former captain Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, Abdul Razzaq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Omar Kamal, and Mohammad Amir, withdrew from cricket in the golden age of their careers due to the politics and ego of these two coaches. Al-Haq and Waqar Younis were repeatedly assigned important responsibilities and promoted politics in the national team.

Will Pakistan benefit or lose?

In Pakistan, cricket is given the status of a festival and when the national team is on the field, the whole nation prays in unison, but due to the politics and groupings in the PCB and dislikes, many famous players are at the height of their careers. Retired or retired from cricket.

A clear example of the lack of talent in Pakistan is Fawad Alam, whose many years were wasted on mere likes and dislikes, and even when he was included in the squad under public pressure, Misbah-ul-Haq is not ready to include him in the final team. But time proved that Fawad Alam has been abused. 

This is just one example. There are many players who left cricket because of the ego of these two coaches. In such a situation, the retirement of Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis may not be a loss but a benefit to the national team and it is hoped that the new coaches will play a role in the development of the national team by focusing on improving the game instead of politics.



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