Just a month before the ICC T20 Men’s World Cup 2021, Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq a bowling coach Waqar Younis resigned from their respective roles, citing fatigue in the bio-bubble.
In its release, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) revealed that the former cricketers had announced their decision on Monday morning. Both Misbah and Waqar have a year left in their contracts after being appointed in September 2019.
Misbah, who resigned from the post of chief selector last year, was recently in isolation in Jamaica. He would have joined the Pakistan team from September 17 before the New Zealand series.
‘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. “As 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,” Misbah said in the release of PCB.
‘I understand that the timing may not be ideal, but I do not think I’m in the right mood for the coming challenges, and it makes sense for someone who is new to step in and take the side forward. ‘
Younis decided to resign from his post after Misbah informed him of his decision.
‘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.
“It has been very satisfying to work with the Pakistani bowlers, including the youngsters, 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.
PCB has meanwhile appointed Saqlain Mushtaq and Abdul Razzaq as interim coaches for the New Zealand series. The Black Caps, currently in Bangladesh, play 3 ODIs and 5 T20Is against Babar Azam & Co. in September-October.