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Ex-Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf believes that former captain Misbah-ul-Haq doesn’t deserve to be head coach and chief selector.
Misbah was appointed to both positions in September, replacing Mickey Arthur as head coach and Inzamam-ul-Haq as chief selector.
However, Yousuf feels that bowling coach Waqar Younis is more qualified to hold the dual role that Misbah has been given.
“They have made a mockery of merit in this case. If you look at the limited overs cricket he has played, he didn’t have the skills for it. He had a one dimensional game. He would either defend or if a spinner came on, he would hit,” Yousuf was quoted as saying by cricketpakistan.com.pk. “He talks about honesty, but you can see his hypocrisy in the fact that he kept [batsman] Azhar Ali out of One-day Internationals (ODI), even though he was a better player than Misbah. He was also in the committee that removed the coaches. He pushed the most to remove the entire coaching staff.
“The players who have the skills can go on to coach a team. This is the first time I have seen that an individual can become coach and selector without the skills necessary. If they had brought Waqar [bhai] in as coach, selector and bowling coach, I would have still thought that merit exists. Waqar [bhai] is a big player and makes his way on merit.
“It is baffling that Waqar [bhai] is working under Misbah. I would have agreed with the decision if the person involved had skills. If you are working under someone who has no skills it hurts your own credibility as well.
“All of us want Pakistan cricket to progress. The most important aspect for progress is honesty and merit, which has not been shown thus far. But we still pray for Pakistan that they perform well.”