With just a few weeks to go before the 2021 T20 World Cup, Pakistan cricket suffered a major shock with head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis resigning from their posts with immediate effect.
Misbah, according to a press release issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), said: “Considering the fact that I would have had to continue spending a lot of time away from my family in a bio-security environment, I have decided to step down from my role.”
In the PCB press release, Younis is quoted as saying, “After Misbah shared his decision and future plans with me, it was an easy decision for me to step down as we had taken the role together, worked as a couple and are now stepping down together.”
The pair each had one year remaining on their contracts after their appointment in September 2019.
“As the New Zealand team will arrive on September 11 for the three ODI and five T20I series and the Pakistan team will assemble in Islamabad on September 8, the PCB has appointed Saqlain Mushtaq and Abdul Razzaq as interim coaches for the series, with the team management for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 to be appointed in due course,” the statement said.
The resignations of Misbah and Waqar Younis came about an hour after chief selector Mohamad Wasim named the national team squad for next month’s T20 World Cup and the upcoming home matches against New Zealand and England.