Pakistan head coach-cum-national chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq has been on the receiving end of many complaints about his coaching skills which were far from being impressive. Some former cricketers have targeted Misbah-ul-Haq for his dual responsibilities and now former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf joined the bandwagon to question Misbah’s credibility as a coach.
Former captain launched a scathing attack at the Pakistan Cricket Board for its bizarre decision to work with Misbah-ul-Haq as head coach and selector. Mohammad Yousuf said that appointing Misbah, who has sub-standard coaching skills, makes no sense.
Misbah-ul-Haq has no coaching experience even at club level: Mohammad Yousuf
Yousuf said he doesn’t understand the double standards of the national board, saying that Misbah-ul-Haq had no experience of coaching even at club level and yet Pakistan Cricket Board hired him as head coach.
“I don’t understand these double standards of the board. On one hand, they are asking for all coaching qualifications and yet they made Misbah head coach, although he had no prior experience of coaching even at club level.
Appointing Misbah, who has no coaching skills, was tantamount to making a mockery of merit. Another mockery was allowing him to coach in the PSL so that he could gain coaching experience,” Mohammad Yousuf said in an interview.
The veteran who represented Pakistan national cricket team in 90 Tests and 288 ODIs hit out at Misbah for allegedly being dishonest.
“I saw a recent media interaction of Misbah and he was talking about honesty and integrity and all that. Yet when he was captain he never allowed Azhar Ali to come into the one-day squad,” Mohammed Yousuf claimed.
Misbah-ul-Haq was just an average batsman: Mohammad Yousuf
Azhar, who is currently Pakistan’s Test captain, was not called for any ODIs between January 2013 and April 2015. Yousuf highlighted the fact that Misbah-ul-Haq didn’t want Azhar Ali in the ODI squad because they were similar batsmen.
“In my view, Azhar was a better batsman skill wise and in terms of ability. But because he had to play as an opener or one down and he took his time to settle down, Misbah didn’t want him because he himself took time to settle down and played slowly,” Yousuf added.
Yousuf also made it very clear that Misbah was an average batsman during his playing days. He stated that Misbah neither had skill nor technique as he played most of the time defensively and took advantage of the gameplay only when the spinners came to attack.