Saqlain Mushtaq steps down as Pakistan’s interim head coach

Saqlain Mushtaq steps down as Pakistan’s interim head coach

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Saqlain Mushtaq has resigned as Pakistan’s interim head coach, and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will appoint a foreigner to participate in a future series.

Sources within the PCB also confirmed that Mushtaq is no longer associated with the men’s national side.  

Mushtaq served in the role for the T20 World Cup, tour of Bangladesh and home series against West Indies. He was roped in by the PCB after the sudden resignation of head coach Misbahul Haq in September, last year.

It must be noted that PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja had hinted, yesterday, that a foreigner will be hired as the next head coach of the Men in Green.  

“I discussed the future of Pakistan’s team management with Saqlain, Babar Azam and Rizwan and the general opinion is about inclusion of a foreign coach in the Pakistan team environment,” said Raja. “I firmly believe that you need someone with local knowledge on away tours. But you also need some regular coaches in order to maintain a good environment in net sessions.”

“I also think that we might not have the capacity to give all the responsibilities to the captain [Babar]. He is a relatively new captain which is why we don’t want to pressurise him,” he added.

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