Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has stepped down from his post in the cricket committee and submitted his application for the post of head coach. According to details, the 45-year-old met Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) International Cricket Director Zakir Khan on Monday afternoon and informed him of his decision, following which he formally applied for the head coach’s role.
It has been interesting to see my name being mentioned as a future head coach of the Pakistan cricket team, but the fact is I only made the decision today, Misbah said. I am applying for the head coach’s role fully aware that the competition will be tough as I envisage there will be a few more very competent and highly qualified people applying for one of the most challenging jobs in the game. In saying so, I have to admit it is everyone’s dream to coach Pakistan cricket team, which has tremendous potential to be a force to be reckoned with across all formats.
Meanwhile, former Test batsman Ijaz Ahmed has been appointed as the head coach of the Pakistan U19 cricket team on a three-year contract, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced today through a press release on their official website. Ijaz has been in coaching since 2009, serving as the head coach for Pakistan A and U19 sides. He also took up the head coach’s role with the national men’s side (in 2010) during his stint as an assistant coach.
Ijaz will also work very closely with the Pakistan U16 and Pakistan A”sides and will assume charge following the ACC U19 Asia Cup 2019, to be played in Colombo from 5 to 14 September. His first assignment is likely to be the A team eight-nation T20 tournament in Kenya next month.
The junior teams’ other international assignments this season are U16 home series against Bangladesh, which starts in October, ACC Emerging Teams’ Asia Cup in Bangladesh in November and the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 in South Africa next year.
Ijaz was chosen for the assignment following a robust recruitment process in which a number of high-profile and quality former international cricketers were interviewed by Wasim Khan and Mudassar Nazar. Ijaz Ahmed said, I am thankful to the PCB for trusting me with the important responsibility of grooming and nurturing the future stars of Pakistan cricket.
Junior cricket is a lifeline for any cricketing nation; as it sees talented youngsters graduate to senior cricket and carry forward the legacy of some of the greatest cricketers this proud nation has produced. I am excited with this opportunity and look forward to playing my part in what are exciting times for Pakistan cricket.
Mudassar Nazar said, I have seen Ijaz Ahmed develop as one of the most talented coaches. He has a vision and strategy. He is hard working and has a reputation of being a good student of cricket who can analyse the game and spot talent. I have no doubts Ijaz will be make a significant contribution as a Pakistan U19 coach as the PCB has stepped up its endeavours to not only narrow the gap with international cricket but provide equal and fair opportunities to all the budding youngsters in the country.