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Misbah to step down as Pakistan chief selector


 
 KARACHI, Oct 14: Former captain Misbah-ul-Haq on Wednesday said he will be stepping down as Pakistan’s chief selector next month to focus on his role as head coach of the national cricket team. Misbah told a media briefing in Lahore that he has informed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that he would be stepping down as chief selector on November 30. He took up the dual role of chief selector and head coach in September last year.

 “I will select the squad for the coming series against Zimbabwe but after that I just want to focus on my work as head coach,” he said. Misbah insisted that he had not quit as chief selector because of pressure from the board. “No, it is purely my own personal decision and I took it because I think it is not easy doing two high profile jobs at one time. I want to give my best as head coach of the national team.

“Whoever is appointed as chief selector, I will fully cooperate with him and work to take the Pakistan team into the top three of every format,” Misbah said.

The former captain also made it clear that his decision had nothing to do with his meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan last month when he and senior players, Azhar Ali and Muhammad Hafeez, raised the issue of departmental teams being closed down in domestic cricket.

The PCB made it clear it was not happy with Misbah and the two other players going directly to meet the PM to discuss what was a policy decision of the board.

“If that meeting was the reason for my stepping down as chief selector then I think I would have also lost my head coach position,” Misbah said. – PTI

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