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Misbah-ul-Haq likely to continue as the head coach of Pakistan team

By Bet Barter

August 5, 2021

Pakistan team head coach Misbah-ul-Haq will continue to be in the role for time being, after the team’s 1-0 T20I series win over West Indies. The four games between the two teams were marred by rain and, barring a result in the second T20I, the remaining three games could not be completed due to torrential rains lashing Guyana.

Speculations were rife that Pakistan management were looking for a different person to take over from Misbah after the team’s poor outing against a second-string England team. Pakistan just won one sole game in the six white-ball matches and that result angered a lot of experts and fans. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) also wanted to hire a specialist coach since they too were feeling the heat of the team’s recent performances.

But for time being, the former Pakistan right-hand batter retains his position as the head coach of the team. “Basically, everyone was keen to see how Misbah managed the team in the T20 series in West Indies as calls grew for the PCB to review his position as head coach in white-ball formats,” one reliable source told to Cricket Next.

Misbah signed a three-year contract with PCB and will complete two years of it after the conclusion T20 World Cup. Apparently, the PCB and the executive committee could not get conclusive evidence on sacking Misbah from the role. Now, he seems likely to be in the role for the global event.

“But now, since the T20 series in West Indies was badly disrupted by bad weather and three matches were abandoned, it has become difficult for the board and cricket committee to make a final decision on Misbah’s future as white-ball coach,” the source said.