On Thursday, Islamabad United (IU) bid farewell to Misbahul Haq as their head coach because of the latter’s responsibilities to the national team and the conflict of interest laws of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
The Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise said in a statement that the deal with Misbah, which had expired earlier, would not be renewed.
The veteran cricketer, who stepped down to concentrate solely on coaching as the chief selector earlier in October, was the captain of two IU teams that won the league in 2016 and 2018. In Dec 2019, he was named head coach of the franchise.
The team thanked the cricketer in the statement for his relationship with the franchise and wished him the best in his new role with the national team.
Misbah said that he had an affinity to IU and the relationships that have been established over the past five years, reflecting on the news. But I want to reflect on the PSL from a strictly neutral angle with back to back World T20s coming up.
Their national commitments should always be the focus for anyone involved in Pakistani cricket, and for that, I believe I will have to sacrifice my franchise commitments,”For anyone involved in Pakistani cricket, their national commitments should always be the priority, and for that I believe I will have to sacrifice my franchise commitments,”
“I wish Islamabad United the best of luck for PSL 6, and hopefully the foundation we’ve built in that franchise will be a ladder to success for them for the coming year and future PSLs.”
Ali Naqvi, the franchise owner, said: “Misbah has been an integral part of IU since being selected in the PSL Season 1 draught in December 2015, and has been instrumental in making us the league’s most successful team.”
His experience, advice and insight would be missed by [the team], but we appreciate the limitations of the current rules of the PCB and its national dedication. “In his professional as well as personal life, we wish him the best,” he said.