On Wednesday, Pakistan Cricket Board appointed former captain Misbah-ul-Haq as the team’s head coach and chief selector for the next three years. Former Pakistan pacer Waqar Younis has been named the bowling coach.

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The concept of a head coach also being a chief selector is an innovative one and a new introduction to our system. But, while the PCB has further empowered Misbah, it has also put more responsibility on his shoulders,” said PCB’s CEO, Wasim Khan.

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In the PCB’s official press-release, Misbah said, “It is very humbling for me to join a select group of some of the very best to have coached the Pakistan national sides in the past. It is an honour and more than that, a massive responsibility as we live and breathe cricket.

I know expectations are high, but I am absolutely ready and up for the task otherwise I would not have thrown my name in the hat for one of the most challenging and coveted roles in Pakistan cricket,” Misbah added.

Misbah was thrilled to work with Waqar Younis. “I am excited to once again have someone as experienced and knowledgeable as Waqar Younis in my corner as a bowling coach. We have exciting young fast bowlers in our ranks and there is no better person than Waqar to transform them into modern day stars,” Mishab stated.

As I prepare to begin a new phase in my career, I want to thank my family, friends, former team-mates, the PCB and my club, departmental and franchise sides for supporting me in my journey,” he concluded.