Misbah-ul-Haq’s appointment as Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Islamabad United’s head coach has instantly drawn immense criticism from different corners of the cricket fraternity. Misbah is currently employed in the dual role as Pakistan’s head coach and chief selector and his association with Islamabad is considered by many to be a case of conflict of interest.
However, the former skipper has discarded all such comments and instead stated he would be in a better position to keep an eye on budding talent in the country while being engaged in coaching duties for Islamabad. The 45-year-old further elaborated that with the advent of the T20 World Cup, his experience in the PSL will lead to honing of his coaching methods in the shortest format.
“Working in such an environment ahead of the T20 World Cup is key to my personal development as the PSL experience will help me acquire an improved understanding of T20 cricket. Thus, I don’t think there is any issue with this. This [sentiment of conflict of interest] reeks more of a personal bias against the person since all my duties will be separate,” Misbah told reporters in Lahore.