Friday, 17 September, 2021

Misbah, Waqar resign as Pakistan coaches

Misbah, Waqar resign as Pakistan coaches

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Pakistan cricket head coach Misbah-ul-Haq resigned Monday, citing family concerns and bio-bubble restrictions in a move that leaves team preparations for next month's World Cup in tatters.

The 47-year-old, who took over as head coach in September 2019, said he had made the decision while undergoing mandatory quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19 following Pakistan's tour of the West Indies last week.

"The quarantine time provided me with an opportunity to reflect on the past 24 months, future commitments and bio-bubble environment and on considering that I made the decision," Misbah said in a statement released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Misbah admitted the timing of his decision -- which came as Pakistan named a 15-man squad for the Twenty20 World Cup to be held in the United Arab Emirates next month -- "may not be ideal".

Bowling coach Waqar Younis also resigned Monday, saying Misbah's decision had prompted him to step down.

PCB said former off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq and allrounder Abdul Razzaq will act as interim coaches for the series against New Zealand starting later this month.

Local media last week reported the PCB was in talks with former England coach Peter Moores to join ahead of the World Cup.

Pakistan World T20 squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Azam Khan, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Junior, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Sohaib Maqsood

Reserves: Fakhar Zaman, Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir.