Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq resigned on Monday, leaving team preparations for next month’s T20 World Cup in tatters.
The 47-year-old, who assumed the role in September 2019, said he had made the decision while undergoing mandatory quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19 following Pakistan’s tour of the West Indies last week.
“The quarantine time provided me with an opportunity to reflect on the past 24 months, future commitments and bio-bubble environment and on considering that I made the decision,” Misbah said in a PCB statement.
He admitted the timing of his decision – which came as Pakistan named a 15-man squad for the T20 World Cup to be held in the United Arab Emirates next month – “may not be ideal”.
“But I don’t think I am in the right frame of mind for the upcoming challenges and it makes sense for someone fresh to step in and take the side forward,” he added.
Bowling coach Waqar Younis also resigned, saying Misbah’s decision had prompted him to step down.
“After Misbah shared with me his decision and future plans, it was a straightforward one for me to resign as we had walked into the roles together, had worked collectively as a pair and now also step down together,” said the legendary former fast bowler.
Misbah, appointed chief selector in 2019 before leaving the post after a year, coached Pakistan in 16 Tests, with the team winning seven, losing six and drawing three.
Under him Pakistan managed to win six of their 11 ODIs, with four losses and one no-result, as well as secure 16 wins in 34 T20Is, losing 13 and five no-results.
The PCB said former off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq and all-rounder Abdul Razzaq will act as interim coaches for the series against New Zealand starting later this month.
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