Misbah-ul-Haq has stepped down from the PCB Cricket Committee that was created last year in October after deciding to apply for the national cricket team's head coach.
Misbah had been reported to be the frontrunner for the post, which has been left vacant following the PCB's refusal to grant an extension to former head coach Mickey Arthur in the aftermath of the 2019 World Cup.
Misbah, Pakistan's most successful Test captain with 26 victories, met PCB Director International Cricket Zakir Khan to inform his decision before formally applying for the job.
“It has been interesting to see my name being mentioned as a future head coach of the Pakistan cricket team, but the fact is I only made the decision today," he said.
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“I am applying for the head coach’s role fully aware that the competition will be tough as I envisage there will be a few more very competent and highly qualified people applying for one of the most challenging jobs in the game."
The 45-year-old, who played his last international game in 2017, is currently serving as the camp commandant for the pre-season conditioning program launched by the PCB involving the country's top players.
“In saying so, I have to admit it is everyone’s dream to coach Pakistan cricket team, which has tremendous potential to be a force to be reckoned with across all formats," said Misbah.
The last date for applications for the head coach's role is set at August 26 with the successor to Arthur expected to assume charge before the forthcoming limited-overs home series against Sri Lanka next month.
PCB also discarded other members of the coaching staff including bowling coach Azhar Mahmood following a round of meetings held by the board's officials.
Former Pakistan speedster and head coach Waqar Younis recently applied for the job previously held by Mahmood.