Recently, Islamabad United parting ways with their head coach Misbah ul Haq has been trending in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) news portal. Misbah, who was elected as their head coach back in 2019, is out of the franchise because of the already expired contract of the head coach which cannot be renewed.
Islamabad sacked Dean Jones from the post of their head coach from the 2019 season electing Misbah for the post. As the speculations had been frenzied during the year for choosing Misbah as the head coach and the chief selector of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), one of the reasons for announcing him for the Deano’s vacant post was to prepare Misbah for the National duties.
Also, the PCB promised to form a policy according to which no single member of the organization will occupy dual tasks. For this reason, Misbah has recently been dismissed as a chief selector. With only being PCB’s head coach, he cannot go along with accommodating Islamabad’s role as well as it will go against the board’s policies on the double role for an individual.
Here is why Islamabad United have parted ways with Misbah
Ali Naqvi, the owner of the franchise added, “Misbah has been an integral part of Islamabad United since being picked in the draft of the PSL season 1 in December 2015 and has been instrumental in making us the most successful team of the PSL. ISLU will miss his experience, guidance, and wisdom but we respect the constraints of PCB’s new rules and his commitments to the national side. We wish him the best in his professional as well as personal life.”
Misbah ul Haq said, “I obviously have an attachment to Islamabad United and the relationships that we have built over the past five years. But with back to back World T20s coming up I want to focus on the PSL from a purely neutral perspective. For anyone involved in Pakistan Cricket their national commitments should always be the priority, and for that, I believe I will have to sacrifice my franchise commitments. I wish the best of luck to Islamabad United for PSL 6. and the foundation we have built-in that franchise will hopefully be a ladder to success from them for this year and future PSL’s to come.”
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