Misbah-ul-Haq will have his task cut out in his new role with the Pakistan team. Earlier this week, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the former captain as the head coach and the chief selector for the men’s senior team. Pakistan have not done well in recent times and Misbah will have to work hard to change the team’s fortunes. The Men in Green are yet to take the field since exiting the World Cup at the group stage.
Their next assignment is the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka. Pakistan will host the Islanders for three ODIs and as many T20Is later this month. The Sarfraz Ahmed-led side will be desperate to do well in order to kickstart the new season on a good note. The first half of the year has been pretty much forgettable for the side. The year began with a forgettable tour of South Africa where they lost the Test, ODI and the T20I series.
They then suffered a whitewash in the five-match ODI series against Australia before losing 4-0 to England in another ODI series. Their performance in the World Cup was not great either. Pakistan did manage to do well towards the end of the competition but the poor start to the tournament saw them missing out on a semifinal berth. Thus Misbah-ul-Haq has a big task at his hands.
Misbah to pocket big fortune
The Pakistan Cricket Board, meanwhile, is all set to hand Misbah-ul-Haq an eye-popping salary for his new roles. According to geo.tv, the former skipper will pocket a whopping Rs 2.8 million for his dual role of coach and chief selector. The news outlet also claimed that former chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq pocketed Rs 1.6 million for his role.
Meanwhile, Misbah will not play any more competitive cricket and will only play his part as a coach-cum-selector in the future. Pakistan have also roped in former pacer Waqar Younis as bowling coach for three years. Waqar was roped in on the recommendation of Misbah. The former batsman is Pakistan’s most successful Test captain with 26 wins in 56 Tests and 11 draws. He played 75 Tests, 162 one-day internationals and 39 T20 matches for Pakistan before retiring in 2017.
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