Lahore: Pakistan’s head coach and former chief selection officer Misbah-ul-Haq announced on Wednesday that he will resign as chief selection officer and instead “focus on coaching.”
At a press conference at the Pakistan Cricket Committee headquarters in Lahore, he spread rumors that the decision to resign was related to his meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan.
According to “Earth News”, the former captain’s announcement was made after reviewing his performance over the past year and in accordance with the newly announced ethics code.
According to reports, he has been under tremendous pressure since he was charged in 2019. Several former cricket players and experts opposed this move.
“It is my choice to quit the post of chief selector as it will be difficult for me to focus on both [responsibilities] due to the cricket team’s upcoming international commitments,” he said.
He refuted rumours that he was quitting because the PCB management is unhappy with him over his meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan.
“Had this been the case, I would have been removed from both posts,” he said.
Misbah said when he was given the charge in 2019, he had conveyed to the PCB that there would be significant challenges in wearing two hats.
“They (PCB) gave me the option to decide which responsibility I would like to retain, and I opted for coaching.”
However, he clarified that he would still choose the teams from the upcoming Zimbabwe and New Zealand series.
When asked about his thoughts on serving as the chief selection officer and head coach, Misbah called this “a good experiment” but pointed out that his participation has increased.
He added that the new chief elector will take office on December 1.