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Pakistan Cricket Board chairman gives Misbah-ul-Haq one year ultimatum

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman gives Misbah-ul-Haq one year ultimatum

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Ehsan Mani, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has given Misbah Ul-Haq, the Pakistan team’s head coach, a one year ultimatum.

Following the Men In Green’s disappointing performances, the chairman of the PBC Ehsan Mani has announced that he has given Pakistan Cricket team coach Mishbah Ul-Haq a one year ultimatum.

During an interview with Cricket Pakistan, the chairman explained the decision of handling dual role to Misbah despite the criticism that came with this decision.

He explained, “I know there is a lot of criticism but we gave dual role to Misbah because that’s the general trend in the cricketing world at the moment. The example of football is also relevant in this case because there only the manager controls the selection and coaching aspects,” and further added, “Although it’s early days but if this decision does not work out, in the next year or so, we will have no hesitation in removing Misbah from the role.”

The 74-year-old chairman dismissed the idea that Misbah was running a one-man show despite being concerned about the overall performance of the team.

He said, “Our biggest worry at the moment is team’s performance but I want to make it clear that, with regards to Misbah, there is no one-man show in Pakistan cricket at the moment.”

He added, ““In terms of selection, Misbah is not the only one calling the shots as he has an independent committee of six regional selectors who have a say in the selection policy and the final decision is a unanimous one.”

“As far as coaching is concerned, we wanted to have a Pakistani incharge because we want to ensure that there is proper communication between the players which is a difficult thing to achieve in presence of a foreigner,” he added.

The chairman also clarified the conflict of interest that arose due to Misbah’s role as Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Islamabad United’s head coach.

He clarified, “Yes I had said earlier that there will be no conflict of interest, and I still stand by it, but in Misbah’s case we were told that he already had a contract with Islamabad United so we had to honour it.”

The former International Cricket Council (ICC) president also spoke about Pakistan’s strong position in world of cricket. 

“Previously we did not have a strong presence in the ICC but that is no longer the case as top board officials, including me and Wasim Khan, are part of five ICC committees which enables us to have a major say in cricketing affairs globally,” he said.

Moreover, Mani was also quick to provide a positive update about Bangladesh’s tour of Pakistan which is scheduled to take place sometime early next year.

Regarding the tour, he said “The BCB security delegation was satisfied with the arrangements in Pakistan. We have also shared tour itinerary with them which includes a day-night Test,” he said. “We are laying special emphasis on Test cricket and want to ensure that we do play around eight Test matches every year, which has not been the case in previous years.”

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