Karachi: Former captain Misbah-ul-Haq yesterday emerged as the favourite to take over as Pakistan’s cricket coach after Mickey Arthur was axed following a disappointing World Cup.
Misbah, Pakistan’s most successful Test captain, has stepped down from the Pakistan Cricket Board’s executive committee to clear the way for his application.
“I have resigned from the cricket committee and have applied for the post of Pakistan’s head coach,” said the former batsman, describing the position as a “dream”.
The executive committee declined to renew Arthur’s contract after Pakistan failed to reach the semi-final of the World Cup in England and Wales.
The PCB did not reveal whether anyone else had applied for the post. However, Pakistani media said former Australian batsman Dean Jones and ex-West Indies paceman Courtney Walsh were among the applicants.
Pakistan are likely to announce their new head coach ahead of the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka starting in Karachi on September 27.