Andy Flower decides not to coach Pakistan cricket team
Former Zimbabwe cricketer and renowned coach Andy Flower has declined the offer to coach the Pakistan team.
As per sources, former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ehsan Mani was looking to replace current head coach Misbah-ul-Haq, with Flower.
Flower is currently the head coach of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Multan Sultans, Caribbean Premier League’s (CPL) Saint Lucia Kings, T10’s Delhi Bulls, The Hundred’s Trent Rockets while also being the assistant coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) side Punjab Kings.
Flower in response to Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) request said that he is not interested in coaching any international side for the moment. He further added that his hands are currently fulling with franchise cricket.
After his refusal, it seems difficult to appoint a foreign coach for the national team. However, after Mani’s exit, Misbah is not in good favor as the new chairman Rameez Raja is also looking forward to appointing a foreign coach.
Though it seems unlikely to change the coach now as the T20 World Cup is nearing.
Misbah has been the head coach and chief selector of the national team since September 2019. He was appointed with a strong recommendation from CEO Wasim Khan.
However, due to different mindsets, the wall drew between the parties.
Misbah has voiced in several matters that did not go down well with the PCB officials. He was also part of the contingent, including Azhar Ali and Muhammad Hafeez, which met with the Prime Minister to express their thoughts on the changes to the domestic system. That meeting was the start of the downfall of Misbah. Soon after this, he stepped down from the position of chief selector in October last year.
During his tenure, the national team’s performance went down pretty bad; winning 16 and losing 13 matches out of 34. Due to which the team’s ranking slipped from first to fourth in the ICC T20I rankings.
He also removed wicket-keeper Sarfaraz from captaincy, which disturbed the team’s performance. After the loss to South Africa, the team has not been able to secure a win against top teams.
As for the Test cricket format, Pakistan has won seven, lost six and drew three matches out of 16. Currently, Pakistan is ranked fifth in the Test format.
In ODIs, the team has won six out of 11, lost four matches and drew one. The team is currently ranked sixth in this format. They recently lost the series to England by 3-0.
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