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'Misbah-ul-Haq will be asked to reflect on his own and team's performances' - Ehsan Mani
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'Misbah-ul-Haq will be asked to reflect on his own and team's performances' - Ehsan Mani

PCB chairman Ehsan Mani has said Pakistan's head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq will soon be asked to review his and his team's performance over the past one year as he completes 12 months in the dual role.

Misbah's appointment has been followed by middling results across formats during this time period. Pakistan have won two out of eight Tests, two out of six ODIs and obtained three victories from 12 T20Is (three washouts) with Misbah at the helm of the support staff.

His tenure has also coincided with Pakistan's slide to No. 4 in the T20I rankings after leading the roster for 27 months under the leadership of previous skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed.

The logic behind granting Misbah two roles was to avoid a scapegoating exercise and allocating responsibilities to a sole individual.

However, in response to rather unsatisfactory results thus far, some in the cricket circles have suggested relieving Misbah of one of the two key positions to alleviate the extra burden on the shoulders.

"I believe in empowerment and that's precisely why Misbah was given full authority and support. But he very much remains accountable and as part of his appraisal process, he will be interviewed by the PCB Cricket Committee," Mani said in an interview to leading publication, Dawn.

"He will be asked to reflect on his own and team's performances, and share his vision for the future," he added.

Pakistan's ordinary standing in all three forms of the game was acknowledged by Mani, who claimed the board had roped in a high-profile coaching staff to specifically resolve these lingering issues.

"To address this problem and bring consistency in the team's and players' performance, the PCB has put in place a professional management team with the men's side whose understanding of the modern game is second to none and has a clear vision of the steps required for Pakistan to perform well consistently at the international level," he said.

Mani pointed to the star-studded line-up of coaches organised at the National High Performance Centre that includes the likes of Mohammad Yousuf and Saqlain Mushtaq as demonstrative of PCB's vision.

“The involvement of some of the elite former cricketers in Pakistan cricket today is a further endorsement of our vision, strategy, reputation and roadmap for the future. It also indicates the respect we have and give to cricketers who have served this great game with honour and dignity."

Mani also insisted that the PCB was now a thoroughly professional institution focused on reviving top-flight international cricket in the country.

He said the return of Tests and the hosting of the entire Pakistan Super League embellished by the presence of international players had helped improve the image of Pakistan cricket around the globe.

"International teams were unwilling to come to Pakistan because of the trust deficit. In 2017 and 2018, the PCB paid for the World XI and West Indies players to visit here and while I acknowledge these were ice-breakers, we have hosted four international series as part of the Future Tours Programme without offering any inducements," he stated.

"Furthermore, nearly 425 foreign players expressed interest in playing in the Pakistan Super League 2020 with 40-odd spending nearly a month in Pakistan during the 30-match event. These players travelled around the country and returned as our ambassadors."