Former Pakistan captain and head coach, Misbah-ul-Haq, has weighed in on the recent change in captaincy within the national side, expressing his discontent with the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) way of handling it.

PCB recently announced the reinstatement of Babar Azam as the white-ball captain, replacing Shaheen Shah Afridi.

This decision, made just before the team’s upcoming five-match T20I series against New Zealand, stirred debate and speculation within the cricketing community.

The PCB defended its move as a strategic decision aimed at safeguarding player well-being and performance, particularly focusing on the longevity of fast bowlers like Afridi.

However, speaking to the media in Lahore, Misbah-ul-Haq criticized the process, labelling it as “extremely unpleasant” and detrimental to the players and team morale.

Misbah expressed concern over the handling of both Azam and Afridi’s captaincy changes, emphasizing the disruptive impact it can have on the players.


He emphasized that both Azam and Afridi are vital assets to the team and wished them success moving forward.

“The process of changing captain in Pakistan is extremely unpleasant and this affects the players and the team,” Misbah said. “Babar was removed from captaincy in the wrong manner and so was Shaheen Afridi.”

“Both Babar and Shaheen are our star players and my best wishes are with the team and I hope they perform well.”

Furthermore, Misbah shared his perspective on coaching appointments, advocating for a thorough assessment of the team’s needs before deciding between local and foreign coaches.

He highlighted the importance of selecting a coach who can effectively manage the team and contribute to its development.

According to Misbah, collaboration between local and foreign coaches could be beneficial, fostering a dynamic environment where both parties can learn from each other and contribute to the team’s progress.

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