‘High-profile former pacer to replace Misbah as chief selector’ says report

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Karachi: Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq might be asked to give away his role as chief selector after the men’s team returns from England.

According to the Press Trust of India (PTI), the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is considering a new person for the job and a high-profile former fast bowler is under consideration to replace Misbah as the chief selector.

“The PCB now feels that it is best if the burden was reduced on Misbah and allow him to focus on his job as head coach as there are a number of important ICC events coming up in the next three years,” a PCB source said.

“A former fast bowler known for his outspoken comments and who was a big star in his playing days is under consideration and after the England series is over things will be finalized with him,” the source added.

The source further said that the board had closely monitored the selection process for the Tests in England and felt that Misbah had not handled the pressure well.

“The feeling is that in the third Test where a fifth bowler should have been played and also one pacer rotated, Misbah came under pressure from the social media and media and retained Fawad Alam in the playing eleven,” the source added.

The source added that CEO Wasim Khan has reportedly received approval from the 46-year-old Misbah to ease him from selection duties.

“Wasim Khan the PCB CEO was in England recently and has also observed from close quarters how Misbah is handling both responsibilities. Wasim also spoke to Misbah in England and having a new chief selector is now an option for the Board,” he maintained.

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