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“What is the head coach for, to write chart paper?” – Salman Butt questions Misbah-ul-Haq’s role in Pakistan setup

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Former captain Salman Butt has raised serious questions over Misbah-ul-Haq’s responsibilities as the head coach of the Pakistan team. According to Butt, every coach must specialise in something, but Misbah-ul-Haq seemingly fits no particular domain.

While Misbah-ul-Haq is the head coach of the Pakistan team, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has also hired Younis Khan as the national team’s batting coach.

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Speaking on his official YouTube channel, Butt wondered why a separate batting coach was needed when Misbah-ul-Haq himself was such a fine batsman during his playing days. Questioning PCB’s coaching appointments, Butt said:

“Misbah-ul-Haq is a very fine man, and he is laid-back, just like his batting was. But he is now the coach of the team. He came into the job with the reputation of a brilliant captain and a player. Keeping his specialisation (batting) in mind, he should have brought in people for other departments, like a bowling coach or a fielding coach, and he should have executed things.

Salman Butt continued:

“Now, there are so many coaches in the team, I wonder what Misbah-ul-Haq is doing with the players. We have a separate batting coach in Younis Khan; Waqar Younis looks after the bowling. Even for spin bowling, there is Mushtaq Ahmed, and then we have a fielding coach as well. Further, Babar Azam says that he takes all captaincy and team decisions. So then what is left behind?”

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Butt wondered Misbah-ul-Haq’s exact role in the team, saying:

“There is should be an area for us to discuss Misbah-ul-Haq’s role. Because, if we talk about batting, all the praise and brickbats will go to Younis bhai, because he is the batting coach. So my curiosity is in knowing what is Mishab-ul-Haq’s ownership. What is the head coach for?”

When informed that having multiple coaches has become a trend among teams in international cricket, the former Pakistan captain countered:

“Does a team, whose head coach has been one of the best batsmen in international cricket during his playing days, require a separate batting coach? If that is the case, what is the head coach for, to write chart paper? That is too much leverage for a head coach. Is his role just to tell people what to do? That is already their job titles.”

What should I ask Misbah-ul-Haq, wonders Salman Butt

Salman Butt said that while Misbah-ul-Haq is a great name in Pakistan cricket, it is important for him to have a specific role in the team, saying:

“People who are there with the team should specialise in at least one thing for which you are responsible. What should I ask Misbah-ul-Haq? And why should he answer for anybody else? The roles should be defined.”

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Providing the example of former Pakistan coach, the late Bob Woolmer, the 36-year-old added:

“Bob Woolmer was a batsman, so at that time, we did not have a batting coach; same when Javed Miandad was the head coach. I can understand if you hire people for specific positions, like an opening consultant for struggling openers. Your job description must define who you are. I really don’t know what head coaches do differently today. At least we know Misbah-ul-Haq wasa fine batsman. Who was Mickey Arthur? Just an average coach.”

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Pakistan players will soon be seen in action in PSL 2021, which is set to resume on June 9. The players will then head to England for a limited-overs series, starting July 8.


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