Misbah-ul-Haq, the former Pakistan captain and coach, has criticized the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), alleging that their short-sighted policies are driving away both foreign and local coaches, PTI reported.
Misbah-ul-Haq, who served as head coach and chief selector of the Pakistan team from 2019 to 2021, expressed his disappointment, stating that in Pakistan cricket, players and coaches are often dismissed based on the outcome of one or two series or due to changes in the top management of the board.
“If you look at the policies of the board leave alone foreign coaches I don’t think even our local coaches want to work with the PCB,” he told the media in Karachi, PTI reported.
“Pakistan cricket should not be run in such a haphazard manner and we need to have long term plans for the team management, selectors and grooming of players. Unfortunately in Pakistan a change in the board leadership changes everything,” he said.
Misbah-ul-Haq raised concerns about how players can feel secure and develop their international careers in such an unstable environment.
“I believe you can’t make a good team or groom quality players if proper time is not given for this process. We need to look at the systems of some other countries who are successful.”
Misbah-ul-Haq expressed that he sees no issue with having different captains for all three formats of cricket.
“Why not I think you can pick the best captain’s as per the needs of the format.”
The former Pakistan captain feels Pakistan will be a big threat in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024.
“Our players are also used to conditions in the West Indies so we should be among the front runners.”
Misbah-ul-Haq called for rationalizing the policy of NOCs to allow players to play in foreign leagues.
“If a player is free for say two months why shouldn’t he be allowed to go and earn money in a league but yes giving permission to players before the World Cup was a big mistake.
“I say have a situation based policy for NOCs and foreign leagues.”
He Misbah-ul-Haq emphasized that interest in Test cricket would never diminish, as it is considered the pinnacle of the sport.
“You can say the popularity of T20 cricket has affected ODI cricket but Test format will go on,” he said.