Former Australian batsman and TV pundit Dean Jones has also applied for the vacant position of Pakistan head coach.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is currently on the lookout for a new coach after deciding not to renew the contract of Mickey Arthur.
Former Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq had emerged as the front-runner for the job after being named incharge for the upcoming national training camp.
However, it seems that Misbah will face some competition from Jones, under whom he played for Islamabad United across the first three seasons of the Pakistan Super League. The two had a highly fruitful partnership, winning the PSL championship in two of their three years together.
Jones, a superstar batsman for Australia in his playing days and a member of the 1987 World Cup-winning side, has reportedly submitted his application to the PCB for the job.
Deano, as he is known, was also Afghanistan’s interim head coach for a fixture in 2017. However, he has never coached a national team on a regular basis, although neither has Misbah.
Former Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq has emerged as the top contender for the vacant head coach position of the Men in Green.
According to sources, Misbah, who is also a member of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s Cricket Committee, will replace former Head Coach Mickey Arthur after the board decided against renewing the latter’s contract.
Sources also stated that the new head coach will be appointed for a period of four years, till the 2023 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup, although there will be yearly evaluation to assess the performance of the coach.
Misbah, who represented Pakistan in 75 Tests, 162 ODIs and 39 T20Is, is considered capable enough to serve as the national side’s head coach by the Ehsan Mani-led administration. The former cricketer took over the reins as Pakistan captain, after the infamous spot-fixing scandal in 2010, and brought the country’s cricket out of turmoil through his astute leadership.
As part of the recruitment process, the PCB will first advertise for this role and will invite high-level applications from interested candidates. If the process leads to better alternative for head coach’s spot, Misbah’s services can also be used for the batting coach’s role.
Sources further stated that former Pakistan fast-bowler Mohammad Akram is likely to take over as the bowling coach of the side. It must be noted that Akram is the current head coach of Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Peshawar Zalmi. The 44-year-old was also appointed for the same role, back in 2012 as well.