Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis resign from Pakistan coaching roles with T20 World Cup around the corner


Saqlain Mushtaq and Abdul Razzaq have joined the team as interim coaches for the New Zealand series

Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis have stepped down from their positions as head coach and bowling coach of the national men’s team respectively. Misbah cited spending “considerable time away from my family in a bio-secure environment” as the reason for his decision. Younis said that since he and Misbah had walked into the roles together, it made sense to also “step down together”. With New Zealand scheduled to arrive in Pakistan for a white-ball series later this month, the PCB has appointed Saqlain Mushtaq and Abdul Razzaq as interim coaches of the team.
Misbah and Younis communicated their decisions to the PCB on Monday morning, around the time the squads for the upcoming series against New Zealand as well as England at home and then the T20 World Cup were made public. They had been appointed to their positions in September 2019, and still had a year left in their contracts.
“The quarantine in Jamaica post the West Indies series provided me with an opportunity to reflect on the past 24 months as well as the schedule for international cricket ahead,” Misbah said in a statement issued by the PCB. “Considering that I would have had to continue to spend considerable time away from my family and that too in a bio-secure environment, I have decided to step down from the role.