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The New Coaching Staff of Pakistan | Saqlain Mushtaq and Abdul Razzaq

Saqlain Mushtaq and Abdul Razzaq
The Newly appointed Coaches of Pakistan

Hours after the World T20 team of Pakistan was announced, Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis stepped down from their roles. Misbah-ul-Haq was the head coach of the Pakistan Cricket Team while Waqar was the bowling coach. Saqlain Mushtaq was roped in by PCB to be the new Head Coach while Abdul Razzaq was asked to be the bowling coach of the side for the series against New Zealand.

However this coaching staff is not permanent. As of now both Razzaq and Saqlain are hired just for the New Zealand series and the coaching staff for World T20 will be announced later by the PCB. Although both Abdul Razzaq and Saqlain Mushtaq have relevant experience of coaching but it is learnt that the soon to be chairman of PCB, Ramiz Raja is more fond of foreign coaches. As per some media reports the names of Andy Flower and Peter Moores are the prominent ones to be full time head coach of Pakistan. Meanwhile PCB would advertise for the bowling coach position of the National Team.

Also Read: Pakistan Squad for World T20 Announced

Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis resigning before the mega event is indeed suspicious. Sources claim that the soon to be Chairman of PCB, Ramiz Raja was never satisfied with the performance of these two, and that they were asked to resign. It will be interesting to see how Pakistan Team adjust under a new coach with the World T20 around the corner.

If we have a look at the coaching experience of the Temporarily hired coaches for the New Zealand Series, then Abdul Razzaq had a phenomenal domestic season last year. He coached Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and won all 3 trophies with his side. Razzaq was heavily praised by everyone for delivering brilliant results with KP in the last domestic season. Saqlain Mushtaq also possesses relevant experience of coaching as he has been with England Cricket Team multiple times as their spin bowling consultant.

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