Pakistan head coach Misbah ul Haq has been officially named the head coach of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Islamabad United. Misbah, who successfully led the team to two PSL titles, has returned after playing for Peshawar Zalmi in PSL 4.
When current PCB chairman Ehsan Mani came in, he had described the dual roles as a potential conflict of interest. However, in an apparent U-turn, they allowed Misbah to take up the role in order for him to gain further coaching experience. It is widely being reported that the former Pakistan captain was signed by Islamabad United before he committed to the Pakistan job.
Pakistan’s bowling coach Waqar Younus was also associated with United last year. Interestingly, the last head coach and bowling coach pairing of Mickey Arthur and Azhar Mahmood were associated with Karachi Kings.
Islamabad United has been coached by former Australian test cricketer Dean Jones for the past four seasons. He will be offered the role of team director. However, there are other franchises interested in bringing the Aussie coach on board.