The head coach of the Pakistan team, Misbah Ul Haq, and the bowling coach, Waqar Younis, left their respective positions on Monday, September 6, 2021 and conveyed their decision to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Both Misbah and Waqar were contracted in September 2019 and have another year left in their contracts. Their decision to leave the post comes just hours after the team was announced for the ICC T20 2021 World Cup.
Misbah Ul Haq and Waqar Younis retire as coaches in Pakistan
Misbah mentions that his decision came because he wanted to spend more time with his family and said: ‘The quarantine in Jamaica after the West Indies series gave me the opportunity to reflect on the past 24 months as well as the schedule for international cricket ahead. Since I would have to continue to spend a lot of time away from my family, and that I also decided to leave the role in a bio-safe environment.
I understand that the timing may not be ideal, but I do not think I am in the right mood for the coming challenges, and it makes sense that someone is new to stepping in and taking the side forward. The past 24 months have been very enjoyable and I want to thank my team and management for their support. I wish the Pakistan cricket team well with the upcoming opportunities and will continue to support them as they tackle the field to represent Pakistan. ”
Waqar Younis cites a busy schedule and bio-safe environments for his decision to retire
On the other hand, Waqar Younis said that the bio-safe environment has taken everyone’s toll and that his decision to retire was simple as the next eight months will be busy for the Pakistan team.
‘After Misbah shared his decision and future plans with me, it was easy for me to resign, because we worked together in the roles, worked together as a couple and now also resigned together. The work with the bowlers in Pakistan, including the youngsters, has been very satisfying as they have now started to progress. Bio-safe environments over the past 16 months have had an impact, something we never experienced during our playing days.
The next eight months are going to be busy and exciting for the Pakistan team, and I will, as in the past, continue to support them. “I want to thank every member of the Pakistani cricket team, because we were united in good and bad days, and I hope there are brighter days ahead.” Waqar said.
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