Misbah-ul-Haq steps down as Pakistan’s chief selector

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Lahore, Oct. 14 (Online): Misbah-ul-Haq has on Wednesday stepped down as Pakistan national men’s cricket team chief selector and decided to serve only as the head coach.

Misbah-ul-Haq made a formal announcement pertaining to his decision in a news conference and said, “The decision to quit as chief selector is entirely my own and there was no pressure on me.

“Being head coach of Pakistan team, I was facing difficulties to perform duty as chief selector. I have apprised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) of my decision and my focus now is to improve the team.

Misbah-ul-Haq was appointed as Pakistan’s chief selector and head coach in September 2019 after the PCB decided not to renew contracts of former chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and head coach Mickey Arthur.

The 46-year-old was criticized by cricket experts and fans for keeping two posts at a time and questions were raised over his performance also after Pakistan lost Test series in England this summer.