PCB Did Not Offer Misbah-Ul-Haq A High-Profile Role As ICC Match Referee: Shaharyar Khan
In a fresh development, Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman (PCB) Shaharyar Khan on Sunday has denied the reports which earlier stated that outgoing Pakistan Test skipper Misbah-Ul-Haq’s name has been recommended for the high-profile role of a match referee in the International Cricket Council (ICC) on what board’s chief replied by saying, the national cricket body has not made any recent announcement or an offer to the Mianwali-born batsman as of now.
“It is Misbah, who will decide what kind of role he would like to seek after his retirement,” Shaharyar was quoted as saying by Dawn.com.
The octogenarian chief Shaharyar further revealed it all depends on Misbah, whether he wants to make career out of it or he has different plan to try at something else, adding he is going to retire after the ongoing Test series, as the final Test entered into its fifth day against the West Indies with Pakistan requiring nine wickets to claim the series.
Shahryar, whose resignation letter was not accepted by the country’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif earlier, has played a pivotal role while holding the office. He further expressed that Misbah would be honoured alongside Younis Khan, who is also retiring from international cricket while adding PCB could recommend Misbah’s name if he has a liking for the post.
“And if he wants the post of the ICC match-referee the PCB could recommend his name but it is up to the ICC whether it accepts his name for the said post,” revealed Shaharyar Khan.
Misbah scored 59 and two in his last Test, whereas, Mardan-born Younis Khan has scored 18 and 35 at the Windsor Park in Dominica.
The reports further suggested soon after the West Indies Test series, PCB would hold a meeting alongside two cricketers to give them a proper send-off after Shahid Afridi stated he is busy with his personal commitments.
It has also been revealed that board would also like to know the opinion of players regarding their post-retirement positions, as they have delivered the desired results for Pakistan cricket over the period of time.
In 2002, Pakistan’s Wasim Raja was named by International Cricket Council in its panel before allrounder’s death in 2006. However, the latest reports revealed that PCB has forwarded two names earlier this year for the panel of referees, as the board is yet to receive the clarification over the names.
Before hanging his boots, the 42-year-old Misbah, who made his Test appearance in 2001, has played 75 Tests in which he has scored 5,222 runs at an average of 46.62 which further included 10 tons and 39 fifties.
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