Misbah's salary an issue as PCB look to rope him in as coach - GulfToday

Misbah's salary an issue as PCB look to rope him in as coach


Misbah-ul Haq speaks to reporters at Qaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan. File / AP

Former Pakistan cricket team captain Misbah-ul Haq is considered to be leading the race to become the head coach of his national side. However, there seems to be issues with the fee that he has asked for the role from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

According to a report published in Pakistan's English daily The Express Tribune, Misbah wants his salary to be in line with his predecessor Mickey Arthur. The PCB though is said to be reluctant to pay such a massive amount to a local coach.

Another pointer that could lead to a deadlock is the fact that Misbah is also a coach in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and the PCB wants him to leave that position as they believe the national coach should not perform dual roles.

Significantly, PCB chairman Ehsan Mani had made it clear that having dual roles — with the national team and a PSL franchise — will no longer be accepted as per the board's new constitution.

According to sources, these two are the main reasons why Misbah didn't apply for the head coach's position till the eleventh hour.

Other than Misbah, former Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan and former Australian cricketer Dean Jones have also applied for the position of head coach.

Court dismisses application against new PCB constitution

An application to suspend the PCB's new constitution was dismissed on Wednesday by the Lahore High Court.

The new constitution, which came into existence on Aug.19, decreased the number of participating teams in domestic cricket from 16 to six.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, who led the country to victory in the World Cup in 1992, is the patron of the PCB.

In the past, patrons of the cricket board could dissolve the PCB and replace the chairman. But in the new constitution, the patron now has no power to dissolve the board or remove the chairman.

"It was obvious to all the knowledgeable and passionate cricket fans and followers that the intentions of the petitioners were malafide and were aimed at disrupting Pakistan cricket activities and bringing embarrassment to the PCB and the country," PCB chairman said in a statement. "The petitioners had approached the court to protect their personal and financial interests with complete disregard to the fact that their action could have resulted in severe impact on the 2019-20 domestic cricket programme."





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