Mohammad Yousuf unhappy with Misbah-ul-Haq's role, says Waqar Younish should've been head coach & selector
Former captain of the Pakistan cricket team, Misbah-ul-Haq, begins a new chapter in his career as he takes up his first assignment as the head coach and chief selector of the Pakistan cricket team against Sri Lanka. Another former batsman of the Pakistan team, Mohammad Yousuf, however, isn't happy with Misbah's appointment in the dual role.
Yousuf has been critical of the roles given to Misbah, suggesting it isn't technically feasible for the 42-year-old to be with the senior side as head coach and analyse the emerging cricketers' performances in the junior teams as the chief selector.
“The head coach will be with the national team then how would he be able to watch first-class players with his own eyes? The chief selector will have to rule on the basis of scorecards or through what the provincial coaches feed him. So if provincial coaches have to do all the work then what was the need of a chief selector?,” Yousuf said on Geo TV.
Yousuf is also of the opinion that Waqar Younis would've been better suited for the role of the head coach and chief selector and it's surprising that he only settled for the bowling coach's role.
“I am appalled that how could Waqar Younis settle for the bowling coach’s role when on merit he should have been the head coach and chief selector. There is no doubt that he (Waqar Younis) was an extraordinary fast bowler but whenever he gets [an important] position his attitude changes. Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi can all corroborate this. Even others can, too, but they are young. Waqar Younis will have to change this habit of his,” the 47-year-old said former cricketer added.
The first ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will take place at Karachi's National Stadium on Friday and Yousuf has termed the home side as outright favourites considering the Lankans don't have some of the biggest names in cricket – Muttiah Muralitharan, Kumara Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene – they once used to.
"This Sri Lankan team does not have a Muralitharan or a Sangakkara or a Jayawardene. Our team is a lot better than them," Yousuf suggested.