Misbah To Stay As Coach, New Zealand’s Tour To Pakistan Confirmed  

KARACHI: Misbah-ul-Haq's tenure as head coach of the national cricket team is likely to continue through the upcoming T20 World Cup after Pakistan emerged victories in the rain-hit T20I series against West Indies.

Pakistan claimed the four-match T20 series 1-0 after the fourth and final game ended in no result on Tuesday following rain.

"Basically everyone was keen to see how Misbah managed the team in the T20 series in West Indies as calls grew for the PCB to review his position as head coach in white ball formats," one reliable source told PTI.

He said that the board had started to look for other options as the cricket community was upset after Pakistan lost the three-match one-day series to a second string England side and than the T20 series with some key players missing from the home side.

"The feeling developed that perhaps Misbah was not the right man or didn't have the coaching experience to take Pakistan into the T20 World Cup," the source said.

Misbah has a three-year contract with the PCB and will complete two years of the contract in the T20 World Cup.

But the source confirmed that the cricket committee will be meeting with Misbah, bowling coach Waqar Younis and captain Babar Azam to get feedback. The committee is headed by former Test cricketer, Saleem Yousaf and includes former great, Wasim Akram and ex-test players, Umar Gul and Ali Naqvi.

New Zealand To Tour Pakistan To Play Limited Over Cricket

New Zealand will play three ODIs and five Twenty20 Internationals on their first tour to Pakistan in 18 years, the country’s cricket board said on Thursday.

The Pakistan Cricket Board announced that the three ODIs, which is part of the ICC World Cup Super League, will be held at the Rawalpindi cricket stadium, while the T20Is will be staged at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore.

New Zealand will tour Pakistan from September 15 to October 3.

Australia is also scheduled to undertake a full tour in February/March 2022.

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