Dual role of coach, chief selector on cards for Misbah
Misbah-ul-Haq was one of Pakistan's finest captains. (KT photo)
Lahore - Pakistan will be playing six Test matches, three one-day internationals and nine Twenty20s in the 2019-20 international season
Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq is likely to be appointed as the head coach and chief selector under a new model set to be introduced by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Misbah was on Thursday appointed as 'camp commandant' for the forthcoming 17-day conditioning camp for 20 Pakistan cricketers which will be held at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore from August 22 to September 7.
According to a report in Dawn, Misbah selected the players for the training camp and now he will also coach them, so it may also be a test for him to prove his credentials for the dual role that he is likely to be assigned.
Zakir Khan, PCB Director of international cricket, in his last media interview, told the journalists that the board had been considering three models for the selection panel of the senior team.
The first is the existing one comprising a chairman and three or four members of the selection committee; the second one is to appoint a chief selector only and to give an extra role to the head coaches of the six provincial teams in the domestic season who will be asked to also perform as selectors and recommend the names of talented players to chief selector.
While in the third model, only one person will play dual role of chief selector and head coach to whom all the head coaches of the six provincial teams will report and give feedback about the talented players.
And, Dawn has quoted sources as saying that the PCB had decided to adopt the third model and it would also be helpful in making a specific authority/person accountable in case of defeats of the Pakistan team.
Pakistan will be playing six Test matches, three one-day internationals and nine Twenty20s in the 2019-20 international season that begins with hosting Sri Lanka for a two-Test series in October.
"Misbah, who has been Pakistan's most successful captain, understands the arduous demands of the format in this day and age," Khan said.
Last week, PCB announced that it had ended its association with Mickey Arthur, as well as the bowling coach Azhar Mahmood, batting coach Grant Flower and trainer Grant Luden following Pakistan's dismal performance in the World Cup.
Pakistan were knocked out in the group stage of the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.
Following his removal, Arthur had expressed disappointment, saying he gave everything he had to lift Pakistan cricket.