Misbah-ul-Haq has been handed the reins of Pakistan cricket as he was appointed the coach as well the chief selector by the Pakistan Cricket Board. In first such precedent, 75-Test match veteran has been put in charge of the future of Pakistan cricket along with Waqar Younis, who has been named the bowling coach. While the reverse-swinging menace returns for his fifth stint with the national team, Misbah was trusted with the job after he retired as one of the most successful captains Pakistan ever had.
Globally, the news is making waves after months of speculations about the appointment comes to an end. It is reported that he was the prime choice for both the positions and even though PCB advertised publicly for both the positions, the 162-ODI match veteran was always the chosen one. More spice was added to the news when Misbah delayed while applying for the position formally. When he finally applied, he was interviewed and chosen ahead of Mohsin Khan and Dean Jones, both who applied for the position as well.
With this position, Misbah is practically the most powerful man in Pakistan cricket. Two independent former cricketers - Intikhab Alam and Bazid Khan - as well as governing board member Asad Ali Khan, Wasim Khan (chief executive, PCB) and Zakir Khan (director - international cricket), were used by PCB for the recruitment process. Misbah-Waqar combination's first work of order will be the upcoming three-ODI and three-T20I home series against Sri Lanka, which will be played from September 27 to October 9. Their first series in the World Test Championship will be in Australia, where Pakistan will play in Brisbane (November 21-25), followed by a day/night Test in Adelaide (November 29 - December 3).
Misbah's influence over Pakistan cricket can be seen with the kind of roles he had before he got into the throne. He was part of the selection of all province squads for domestic cricket and was also part of the committee that reviewed Arthur's tenure after the World Cup and then decided to not to renew his contract. Oddly enough, he is also one of those who had a say as to who succeeds Arthur.