Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) recently did away with the entire coaching staff. The likes of Mickey Arthur (head coach) and his support staff was shown the door. The aim for the PCB now is to bounce back from the below-par show in the 2019 World Cup.
Pakistan have also been poor in both ODIs and Tests since a while now. There is plenty of work up the sleeves of a new management. The focus is the ICC Test Championship, the World T20 in 2020 and the 2023 World Cup in India.
If Pakistan want to do well then they need a powerful figure as the head coach. They need someone who knows the system in and out and will command respect from the players and selectors alike.
At the moment, the PCB has decided to call Misbah-ul-Haq as the camp commandant at a forthcoming 17-day conditioning camp for Pakistan’s cricketers. The camp is set to begin on Monday in Lahore. The camp will have 14 centrally contracted and six other cricketers participating.
Pakistan couldn’t have asked for a better name to head the camp. Misbah was a true leader and a terrific batsman for the Asian giants. He commanded the side well in the past and retired as a legend of the game. His longevity, vision and class were there for everyone to witness.
Misbah was respected in the cricket fraternity from all corners. Pakistan will be playing six Tests, three ODIs and six T20Is in the 2019-20 international season. A grueling season begins with hosting Sri Lanka for a two-Test series in October 2019.
“Misbah, who has been Pakistan’s most successful captain, understands the arduous demands of the format in this day and age,” the PCB said. It is a good decision to include Misbah in the scheme of things. He will help Pakistan and get them going on a positive note from the start. That’s a massive factor.
It is likely that Misbah could be offered the head coach role after the camp. If he takes it, then the side will be bolstered heavily. He brings so much quality and experience into the system.