The fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League will not have Misbah-ul-Haq, who has hung up his boots from all cricket.
Misbah, a former Pakistan captain and a cricket legend, featured in all three editions of the PSL so far, leading the Islamabad United. He captained them to two title wins in 2016 and 2018 as well.
In a press release, the franchise said Misbah had called it quits from playing the game but they were looking to hiring his services in an administrative role during the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League. The 2019 PSL will be played in February-March 2019.
44-year-old Misbah last played an international in May 2017, a Test against West Indies, before he featured in the 2018 edition of the PSL earlier this year. He had a poor PSL with the bat, ending the tournament with 57 runs from eight innings, playing at a strike-rate of a mere 100.
In a press release, Islamabad United said:
“Islamabad United has always greatly valued Misbah as a player, leader and a superb team player. As he transitions into his non-playing phase, we believe he can add a lot of value to Islamabad United as well as to Pakistan. The franchise continues to discuss with him avenues which could provide him a platform to pursue his next phase. These discussions continue and deserve the confidentiality which a senior player like him deserves.”
Till last season, Tauseef Ahmed was the assistant coach of the side but he had resigned from that position and Saeed Ajmal has been brought in to replace him. It would be interesting to see what role do the United create for their departing legend cricketer, with Dean Jones already their coach and Waqar Younis acting as the Director and Bowling Coach of the side.
The others in the management include Rehan ul Haq, Hassan Cheema, Dean Woodford and Errol Alcott.