PCB’s big gamble as Misbah takes on dual role of coach, chief selector

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday took a big gamble, which could backfire badly, when former Test skipper Misbhul Haq was handed over the dual role of coach and chief selector of the national squad. By giving dual responsibility of the national team to a single individual, the PCB has given Misbah unprecedented influence over Pakistan cricket. It might hinder players from sharing their problems and issues with the coach, due to the fear of being left out of the side. With the new appointment, the PCB has also put aside the issue of conflict of interest, which is a matter of ethics, as Misbah is also all set to become the head coach of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Islamabad United. Now with the precedent set, the PCB won’t be able to restrict other officials who wish to play such dual roles in both the national set-up and the PSL.