ESPN presenter lavishes praise on Misbah ul Haq, says he ‘gets’ Pakistan cricket

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ESPN Principal Presenter and commentator Raunak Kapoor tweeted on Wednesday that new Head Coach of the Pakistan cricket team, Misbah ul Haq, ‘gets’ Pakistan cricket.

“Having worked with Misbah Ul Haq extensively through the World Cup, one thing I can say for certain, his reading & understanding of Pakistan cricket is second to none. No agendas, no alliances, no words minced, he genuinely cares for and gets Pakistan cricket. Good luck to him,” he tweeted, lavishing praise on the former Test cricket captain.

Former captain Misbah-ul-Haq was today confirmed as Pakistan men’s national team head coach in all three formats on a three-year contract.

In line with the PCB’s commitment to ensure transparency, accountability and role clarity at all levels, Misbah was also named as the Chairman of Selectors with head coaches of the six first-class Cricket Association sides as his fellow selectors.

Misbah was a unanimous choice of a five-member panel that comprised Intikhab Alam (former captain and the longest serving Pakistan team manager and coach), Bazid Khan (former international cricketer and one of the most respected commentators), Asad Ali Khan (member, Board of Governors), Wasim Khan (Chief Executive, PCB) and Zakir Khan (Director – International Cricket, PCB) following a robust recruitment process.

On the recommendation of Misbah, the PCB also named two-time former head coach and ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Waqar Younis as bowling coach of the national side on a three-year contract.