Former Pakistan bowler Shoaib Akhtar on Wednesday said Andy Flower will soon replace Misbah-ul-Haq as the coach of Pakistan's senior cricket team. They must have some points in their mind to share with us and we will give them answers, our report, and recommendations; then it will be between them [cricket committee] and the PCB.
"One thing is scrutiny and the other is analysis".
Misbah and bowling coach Waqar Younis have come under heavy criticism from all quarters as the national team flopped in every department during what proved a forgettable tour to New Zealand.
Pakistan lost the test series in England 1-0 before tying the Twenty20 encounter 1-1. Before that, the Pakistani players were in a bio-bubble in England, as well as at home during the final leg of the PSL, the Zimbabwe series, the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and the National T20s.
The head coach said he had simply no idea what the outcome of Tuesday's meeting with the cricket committee would be.
Since head coach's role has become advisory, captain Babar Azam will be selecting the playing XI. "The challenges of playing in Covid-19 protocols have not only been faced by the Pakistan men's national team, but by all the sides presently involved in worldwide cricket and these concerns have been regularly raised by the team coaches and elite cricketers". Each player has to clear a Covid-19 test before joining the team. The latest review was the second in the last three months. He is not accepting it due to his coaching commitment with Multan Sultans. The coaching duo was given a reprieve on account of injuries and problems caused by the pandemic.
"While the PCB Cricket Committee expressed its dissatisfaction on the side's performances, it acknowledged the fact that the team had competed in the unprecedented and challenging Covid-19 circumstances, which resulted in the absence of a few experienced players that, in turn, contributed towards the overall below-par performances", the statement read. He will consult the six selectors, head coach Misbah and Babar before naming it. Batting coach Younis Khan, who joined before Pakistan's tour of England last summer, was exempt.
To a question, Misbah claimed that Pakistan's performance was better against the Black Caps, if anyone compared it with other teams which toured New Zealand during the last two and a half years.
Misbah brought up the limitations and constraints in the last seven months as a justification for some of the below-par performances, specifically prior to the tour of New Zealand, where Pakistan spent nearly three weeks in quarantine in New Zealand.
About any conflict with fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who last month announced retirement from worldwide cricket alleging inappropriate attitude of the team management towards him, Misbah said nothing was personal against Amir.
Pakistan played two tests in New Zealand but the former fast-bowling great was allowed to return home after his side lost the first game by 101 runs, in order to spend some time with his loved ones ahead of this month's home series against South Africa.