‘Precedence is to construct a workforce that may dominate’ – Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq

There’s a notion round Misbah-ul-Haq that he’s a bit defensive. The person has hit the second-fastest hundred in Take a look at historical past and led Pakistan’s workforce to No. 1 within the longest format and but he was typecast as tuk-tuk. That nickname hasn’t had a lot event to pop up in the previous couple of years however now, in his first press convention since being appointed Pakistan’s new head coach and chief selector, the difficulty cropped up once more as individuals questioned in regards to the nature of a workforce underneath his cost.

For his half, Misbah desires his gamers to play engaging cricket. “I’ve been saying this endlessly that there’s some confusion in the way in which we fascinated by being defensive and aggressive,” he stated. “I at all times believed that your technique relies on the assets you bought. Ideally, you clearly try to want to have assets which you can simply dominate and knock out the opposition.

“Being a coach, I’ll attempt to construct a workforce that performs aggressively and wins simply. However then at sure instances it’s a must to assess the energy of the opponent and make your technique accordingly.

“For instance, just lately throughout World Cup England was thought-about un-matchable with gamers are enjoying the pure type of fashionable cricket. However on the identical time New Zealand had been the opposite approach round enjoying with conservative strategy from 80s. Regardless of their batsmen not clicking, they shaped a technique in line with their assets and so they had been within the remaining with England enjoying the following stage of cricket. So it exhibits that it’s a must to work round your assets and plan accordingly. My precedence as coach to have a workforce that performs an attacking cricket and dominate and that is the way in which ahead however at sure instances it’s a must to re-look your technique.”

Misbah has been given a three-year contract by the PCB, his twin function giving him nice energy, but additionally nice accountability.

“Everybody asks questions on accountability. Now Misbah might be accountable for choice in addition to efficiency,” Wasim Khan, the CEO of the Pakistan Cricket Board, stated. “The idea of head coach-cum-chief selector is modern. After being launched to our system, it has additionally put extra accountability on Misbah’s shoulders as he’ll now be solely accountable and accountable for the workforce’s performances. Moreover, as the brand new home system has additionally been applied, head coaches of the provincial groups will give suggestions to Misbah in regards to the expertise in our home cricket.”

Misbah was fast to minimize the affect he may need as Pakistan’s coach, reiterating that the captain will stay in cost.

“You do not at all times get what you need then it impacts you mentally and tactically you do not have the useful resource and it impacts the efficiency,” he stated as he tried to clarify why he took on each roles.

“There was a apply that remaining authority on selecting the enjoying XI is with the captain and it’ll stay the identical. The captain who is working within the subject must have full confidence within the workforce. Earlier than reaching a remaining choice, there might be enormous debate and dialogue and someday whatever the depth in understanding there may be a distinction of opinion in 15 or 16 picks or XI however on the finish you both get satisfied or make different persuade and transfer on.”

Together with Misbah, Pakistan have introduced on one other senior determine to assist lead them ahead. Waqar Younis was tempted to re-join the Pakistan teaching employees, as bowling coach, despite the fact that his final stint with the workforce ended quite bitterly.

“He was a beautiful bowler and we can’t get any higher possibility than him to be our bowling coach,” Misbah stated. “In Pakistan, Wasim [Akram] and Waqar are the highest most guys [to talk to about bowling] and everybody comes after so I’ve little question about any drawback. We now have superb working relationship and we each is aware of our limits.

“We now have labored so much collectively in Pakistan workforce and in PSL and we all know one another very effectively. Professionalism is there, he won’t ever intervene in my area and I will not intervene in his. He’s additionally very a lot clear that route comes from head coach and bowlers might be working with him. He has some plans and we all know what to do when bowlers aren’t delivering and how one can drive them to ship.”