Shoaib Akhtar jokes about Misbah-ul-Haq’s appointment as Pakistan coach and selector
- Misbah-ul-Haq and Shoaib Akhar were teammates before the latter's retirement in 2011
- Akhtar congratulated Misbah on his appointment as head coach and chief national selector
- Waqar Younis has also been confirmed as bowling coach on a 3-year contract
Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar is no stranger to being in the headlines every now and then. Thus it wasn't a surprise when the 'Rawalpindi Express' made a hilarious comment after his yesteryears teammate Misbah-ul-Haq was assigned the dual role of Pakistan cricket team's head coach and chief selector.
Akhtar took to Twitter on Wednesday to congratulate Misbah on the appointment while jokingly adding that he was shocked that the latter wasn't chosen the Chairman of the PCB as well. However, Akhtar clarified that he was 'just kidding' before hoping that Misbah 'does wonders like before'.
"Congratulations to @captainmisbahpk for the new 'dual' role of Head Coach as well as Chief Selector for Pakistan Cricket Team. I am surprised he is not appointed the Chairman PCB as well along with it. Hahahaha. i am just kidding. I really hope he does wonders like before :)": Akhtar wrote on Twitter.
Misbah-ul-Haq was yesterday confirmed as Pakistan men's national team head coach in all three formats on a three-year contract.
In line with the PCB's commitment to ensure transparency, accountability and role clarity at all levels, Misbah was also named as the Chairman of Selectors with head coaches of the six first-class Cricket Association sides as his fellow selectors.
Misbah was a unanimous choice of a five-member panel that comprised Intikhab Alam (former captain and the longest serving Pakistan team manager and coach), Bazid Khan (former international cricketer and one of the most respected commentators), Asad Ali Khan (member, Board of Governors), Wasim Khan (Chief Executive, PCB) and Zakir Khan (Director - International Cricket, PCB) following a robust recruitment process.
On the recommendation of Misbah, the PCB also named two-time former head coach and ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Waqar Younis as bowling coach of the national side on a three-year contract.
Both the national team appointments were approved by the PCB Chairman Mr Ehsan Mani.
The first assignment of Misbah-Waqar combination will be the upcoming three ODI and three T20I home series against Sri Lanka, which will be played from 27 September to 9 October. The duo's first series in the World Test Championship will be in Australia when Pakistan will play in Brisbane (21-25 November), followed by a day/night Test in Adelaide (29 November-3 December).
Misbah and Waqar have previously worked as a pair from May 2014 to April 2016 with the former as captain and the latter as head coach.