5 coaches who should apply for Pakistan head coach role
A couple of them have good coaching experience while others would be new to the role.
Published - Aug 11, 2019 8:48 am
Updated - Aug 12, 2019 6:52 pm
After having a roller-coaster World Cup campaign, Pakistan failed to make it to the semis, owing to their poor net run rate. It would be safe to say that their ‘unpredictability’ cost them, as they lost some of the matches that they could have easily won. A controversy followed their campaign, wherein head coach Micky Arthur and other coaches were sacked from their respective roles.
As the focus now shifts towards the T20I World Cup and building a core team for the next World Cup. Pakistan being the top-ranked T20I side, have the strongest claim to that trophy. However, it is important for them to remove the tag of unpredictability and become consistent. A new coaching staff, which suits the interests of all the players, can definitely help them to do so.
On this note, let us take a look at 5 such former players, whose presence as a head coach will strengthen the youth power of the team, and help the team to prepare for the upcoming challenges.
According to the reports, Misbah-ul-Haq is the front-runner to become the next Pakistan coach. The right-hander has played over 250 internationals for Pakistan and is a highly respected player of the game. Though he has never coached any side, Misbah has captained Pakistan in all three formats. Under his leadership, Pakistan also became the top-ranked Test side in late 2016.
He has played with most of the players of the side, which might help him to understand the players better than anybody else. Misbah was known for his defensive tactics and waiting game, which enjoyed a considerable amount of success as well. This type of calm attitude can help to stabilize the Pakistan team.
Moreover, he was the one who bailed the team out of the horrors of the spot-fixing scandal in 2010 and helped his teammates to focus on cricket. A similar kind of situation prevails now since the team needs to forget what has happened in the past and concentrate on the future. And Misbah might be the right man to help them.