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Numerous members of the Pakistan team expressed their delight at former captain Misbah-ul-Haq being appointed head coach and chief selector.
Misbah was long rumoured to be the frontrunner for both positions, and it was finally confirmed on Wednesday.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed believes Misbah was the right candidate for both jobs as he “could read the game well”.
“I played cricket under Misbah for three years including Tests and ODIs; he was obviously a good captain and the best thing about him was that he could read the game well, especially in Test cricket as during that time we won quite a few Test matches in 2014-2017 and in that period we also became number one in Tests also. During that time we won Tests that we could have lost,” Sarfraz was quoted as saying by PakPassion.
Opening batsman Fakhar Zaman pointed out that Misbah always provides advice and will know how to make the men in green a formidable side since he is fully aware of what it takes to win in international cricket today.
“Misbah bhai is a very calm person and he does give a lot of advice; the biggest positive is that he has just retired and he has a good idea of what modern-day cricket is all about,” he said.
Recalling about playing alongside Misbah, left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz said: “Misbah Bhai would be standing next to me at mid-on and he would be reading the batsman way better than what I was doing. I would ask him what to do and he would tell me things like bowl him a bouncer or a slow bouncer or yorker.
“His cricketing mind is superb and he had a huge hand to play in my success [at] the 2015 World Cup.”
Left-arm pace bowler Mohammad Amir admitted that he has always been a fan of Misbah’s calm demeanour.
“I have always believed that a calm personality can always manage matters in a better way, and this is a quality which is at its best in Misbah bhai,” he said.
Reminiscing about playing with Misbah, spinner Yasir Shah said: “During the last Test against the West Indies, I gave Misbah bhai tea, he said I don’t need that, I want you to get some players out.”
Left-arm seamer Usman Khan Shinwari also shared a story about Misbah, saying: “[When training] when we started to fall over [due to tiredness] Misbah bhai would start running faster so we would feel ashamed; he used to give us that push which came from the fact that our 40 plus commander is running so we should also run as we are youngsters.”
Batsman Shan Masood added: “Sharing the dressing room with him was a big thing in itself. When you have Misbah and Younis Khan in the dressing room, then that is like a childhood dream come true for a person as you are playing alongside your idols.”