Misbah ul Haq: Considering that I would have had to continue to spend considerable time away from my family in a bio-secure environment, I have decided to step down from the role. Misbah also said; I understand that the timing may not be ideal but I don’t think I am in the right frame of mind for the upcoming challenges and it makes sense for someone fresh to step in and take the side forward.
Waqar Youns: After Misbah shared with me his decision and future plans, it was a straightforward one for me to resign as we had walked into the roles together, had worked as a pair and now also step down together. Working with the Pakistan bowlers, including the youngsters, has been most satisfying as they have now started to show progress. Bio-secure environments in the past 16 months have had their impact, something we had never experienced during our playing days.
The next eight months will be busy and exciting for the Pakistan team and, like in the past, I will continue to back and cheer them. I want to thank each and every member of the Pakistan cricket team set-up as we stayed united in good and bad days, and hope there will be brighter days ahead.
I think this is a very wrong decision, at a time when the World Cup is very close, it is not appropriate to leave the team of two coaches suddenly, maybe the coming coaches will also need time, but now who will be responsible for the results. On the other hand, with the announcement of the squad for the World Cup today, many questions have been raised as to why Waqar Younis abruptly left his post. On the other hand, it is now known that Saqlain Mushtaq and Abdul Razzaq are leading the team as head coaches and bowling coaches. Only time will tell how many heads they can carry, but given the current situation, they now have a lot of responsibilities.
Just as a player needs time, so do coaches need time to understand the nature of the players. Hopefully, these two newly elected coaches will accompany Pakistan cricket and players. By the way, hope for the best. I hope PCT give us great results.