Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-Ul-Haq has advised his former teammate and current Pakistan’s head coach-cum-selector, Misbah-Ul Haq, to step down from one of the two posts. He believes doing so will help Misbah to focus on one role.
After Pakistan had a disappointing World Cup 2019, PCB didn’t renew Mickey Arthur‘s contract for head coach and Misbah-ul-Haq was appointed for the role. He also succeeded Inzamam for Pakistan’s chief selector post last year in September.
Under Misbah coaching, Pakistan had a miserable end against Sri Lanka at home last year. In the three-match Test series, the visitors whitewashed the Green Army in the three-match T20I series by 3-0. Subsequently, they also failed to register a victory against Australia in the Test and T20I series. However, earlier this year, they came out victorious against Bangladesh at home. Nevertheless, the team’s win ratio is less since Misbah took over the job.
Misbah-ul-Haq will be under less pressure: Inzamam-ul-Haq
As Pakistan is set to play three-match Test and T20I series against England, Inzamam-ul-Haq has suggested Misbah-ul-Haq should resign from one post even if his side wins the away series. He believes that the head coach will be under less pressure and will give his best.
“Misbah should step down [from] one of his two positions even if the side wins in England. It will be beneficial for his coaching career as he will be under less pressure and it will help him focus more on his responsibilities,” Inzamam was quoted as saying by The Nation.
Interestingly, it is Misbah’s first coaching job at any level although he has captained teams at every level. He has played 75 Tests and 162 ODIs and became the most successful Pakistan Test captain between 2010 and 2017.
Meanwhile, after spending 14 days in isolation in Worcester, the Pakistan team arrived in Derby on Monday. They will travel to Manchester on August 1 to play the first Test of the three-match series from 5 August.