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Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq was named the national team’s head coach and chief selector, while legendary seamer Waqar Younis was appointed as the bowling coach.
Both Misbah and Waqar’s contracts will last for three years.
Misbah, who will succeed Mickey Arthur as head coach and Inzamam-ul-Haq as chief selector, was unanimously chosen by a five-member panel that comprised of Intikhab Alam, Bazid Khan, Asad Ali Khan, Wasim Khan and Zakir Khan.
“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,” Misbah was quoted as saying by the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) website.
“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.
“We have some of the most talented and exciting cricketers, and I will like to help them train and prepare in such a way that they can play intelligently, smartly and fearlessly. I am aware this will require a change in the dressing room culture but if we have to compete consistently at the highest level, we have to embrace these modern day requirements.
“We need to understand this is a performance-oriented world and only those Pakistan players have thrived in the past who have taken the pride in donning the star and crest on their chests by delivering every time they have stepped on to the field.
“That’s the way I have played my cricket all through my career and this will not change in my new role.
“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.
“Both Waqar and I had a candid and frank discussion and we discussed and agreed on a number of things, including roles and responsibilities as well as how to take things forward.
“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.”
On Misbah’s recommendation, Waqar was subsequently named as Pakistan’s bowling coach and will replace Azhar Mahmood.
Waqar previously served as Pakistan’s bowling coach in 2006 to 2007, bowling and fielding coach in 2009 to 2010, and head coach from 2010 to 2011 and 2014 to 2016.
Misbah and Waqar’s first assignment will be the upcoming limited overs series against Sri Lanka in Pakistan.
The three-match ODI series will be played in Karachi, while the three Twenty20 Internationals will be held in Lahore.