The era of Misbah-ul-Haq as chief selector and a head coach is all set to take off from tomorrow when Pakistan meets Sri Lanka for the opening one day of the three match home series. So, here is a look at the basis on which Pakistanis are likely to judge his tenure.
What Misbah-ul-Haq As Chief Selector Cum Head Coach Must Do To Install Aggression
Misbah-ul-Haq was titled as the “Tuk Tuk” of Pakistan cricket at one point simply because of his approach in the shorter formats of the game. Hence, Pakistani would be keen to see if the Misbah the coach is able to install a different plan than the one he had in place as a captain. Both ODI and T20 cricket is played aggressively world over now. Therefore, the era of Misbah-ul-Haq as chief selector and a head coach will be judged on his ability to transform Pakistan’s batting that for most part lacks aggression and skills that are required to hit the ball a long distance.
Can Misbah-ul-Haq As Chief Selector Cum Head Coach Revive Pakistan At The Test Level?
Pakistan soon lost its way after becoming the world’s number one ranked Test team in 2016. So, can Misbah ensure revival at the Test level? Well, this will be a yet another question and an important indicator of whether or not he was successful.
Can Misbah-ul-Haq As Chief Selector Cum Head Coach Sustain The Fitness Standards?
Mickey Arthur to his credit did introduce a culture where fitness became one of the top priorities. Hence, can Misbah further improve or at least sustain the standards in place is one of those questions that will determine the success or failure of Misbah-ul-Haq’s era.
Conquering The Unconquered
Pakistan has never won a Test series in South Africa or Australia. Morever, the green shirts haven’t also won a Test series in over 2 decades in England and it is more or less a decade since they last beat New Zealand at home. Therefore, Pakistani cricket fans expect Misbah to deliver overseas and thus, he has to produce results to ensure that his era turns out to be a memorable one for Pakistan.