Saqlain Mushtaq Steps Down As Pakistan's Interim Head Coach 1
Saqlain mushtaq

Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq has stepped down as Pakistan’s head coach as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is all set to bring in a foreign coach.

Saqlain Mushtaq worked with the Pakistan team since T20 World Cup when Misbah-ul-Haq resigned as the head coach right before the World Cup. For the T20 World Cup, PCB also appointed Matthew Hayden and Vernon Philander as batting and bowling consultants respectively for World Cup.

Saqlain Mushtaq.
Babar Azam and Saqlain Mushtaq

Under him, Pakistan played 3 series and did a brilliant job. In the Men’s T20 World Cup, Pakistan topped the group stage winning all 5 games however they lost the semifinal against eventual champions Australia. Next in the Bangladesh tour, Babar Azam & Co clean-swept both T20I and Test series with margins of 3-0 and 2-0 respectively. Then at home, they clean swept the 3-match T20I series against West Indies.

Pakistan Captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan chased down India's score of 151 in 17.5 overs | Twitter | @WahabViki
Pakistan Captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan chased down India’s score of 151 in 17.5 overs | Twitter | @WahabViki

Australia will tour Pakistan in March-April

Yesterday Pakistan Board chairman Ramiz Raja revealed that Pakistan would soon hire a foreigner as a coach as he discussed it with Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Saqlain Mushtaq and all of them are on the same page.

I discussed the future of Pakistan’s team management with Saqlain, Babar Azam and Rizwan and the general opinion is about the inclusion of a foreign coach in the Pakistan team environment,” Raja said.

However, he sees a role for a local coach as well in away tours for Pakistan.

I firmly believe that you need someone with local knowledge on away tours. But you also need some regular coaches in order to maintain a good environment in net sessions,” Ramiz Raja said.

I also think that we might not have the capacity to give all the responsibilities to the captain [Babar]. He is a relatively new captain which is why we don’t want to pressurize him,” he further added.

Pakistan’s next assignment will be the series against Australia at home as they will host a series of 3 Tests, 3 ODIs, and one T20I in March-April 2022. This will be Australia’s first tour to Pakistan since 1998.

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