Dean Jones casts doubt over Misbah-ul-Haq's dual role in revival of Pakistan cricket

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Author 2019-10-09 10:31:45

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Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq began his reign as the head coach and selector of the team with a 2-0 ODI series triumph over Sri Lanka but the T20Is saw the Lankans win the first and the second with comfortable margins. The return of international cricket in Pakistan hasn't quite been as successful as expected by the hosts and former Australian cricketer Dean Jones believes the dual role handed to Misbah isn't the right solution for the revival of Pakistan cricket.

“In my opinion in cricket, you cannot have both roles as a head coach and a selector. Imagine if you were a player with some technical or mental problems.. would you be honest with your coach as you are more likely to be sacked!” Jones said in a Twitter post.

Further clarifying how the dual responsibility that is handed to Misbah will make life difficult for players, Jones highlighted that it would be difficult for struggling players to approach the 'coach' Misabah as the threat of 'selector' Misabh sacking them looms.

“Re my comments today. Misbah is a dear mate of mine. I genuinely want him to do well. With 3 formats of the game and a new First Class system... it’s hard to do all the jobs properly and well. I want Misbah to do well. He needs support and patience,” Jones wrote in his second tweet.

Ramiz Raja, another former Pakistan cricketer, had expressed his apprehensions over the concept of a dual role in Pakistan cricket, suggesting the system is “impractical and unsuitable”.

“The idea of dual roles can work in the western block where the administration is professional with proper checks and balance, but experimenting with such concept in Pakistan cricket is not without its dangers as it is impractical and unsuitable because it has never happened before," Ramiz said in a video.

“So in my view Pakistan cricket should not conduct such experiment. The role of coach should be kept separate and selection committee should be announced separately,” he added

The Pakistan cricket team, meanwhile, will look to bag a win at the third T20I against Sri Lanka on Wednesday and conclude the series on a winning note.

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