The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has made the decision to grant more authority to its Cricket Committee, which is led by former captain Misbah-ul-Haq, as per sources.
As a result of this development, it is unlikely that Pakistan men’s team Director Micky Arthur, who has previously served as the head coach, and Head Coach Grant Bradburn will continue working with the national side. The Cricket Committee will soon begin the search for a new head coach, according to the sources.
Micky Arthur was appointed as the Director of the Pakistan men’s cricket team in April of this year. The PCB had announced that he would be part of the coaching staff for various events, including the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, an away tour to Australia, and a home series against the West Indies. He was also set to be present for Pakistan’s matches against India in the Asia Cup.
Grant Bradburn, on the other hand, was appointed as the head coach in May of the same year for a two-year term.
Misbah-ul-Haq, who is leading the Cricket Committee, will serve in an honorary role without pay. He will also act as an advisor to Zaka Ashraf, the chairman of the PCB Management Committee.
The chairman of PCB has instructed Misbah to strengthen and make the Cricket Committee independent. He has also asked him to include senior cricketers in the committee and oversee all matters related to cricket.
The names of the former cricketers who will be part of the Cricket Committee are expected to be finalized by Thursday, according to the sources. The committee will also be responsible for suggesting names for the chief selector and other important personnel.
Misbah has already shortlisted former cricketers Mushtaq Ahmed, Mohammad Wasim, Inzamam-ul-Haq, and Azhar Ali for the position of chief selector. However, the chairman of PCB prefers Mohammad Hafeez to head the selection committee.
In addition, Umar Farooq Kalson has been appointed as the head of the media department, replacing Sami-ul-Hasan Burney, who has been transferred to the special projects department along with former CEO Faisal Hasnain. More changes are anticipated in the media department as well. Sami-ul-Hasan Burney had been serving as the director of PCB’s media and communications department since 2019, while Faisal Hasnain became CEO in 2022, replacing Wasim Khan.