PCB chief Ashraf tells Misbah not to worry about threats to captaincy

Karachi, Mar. 25 (ANI): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Zaka Ashraf has said Misbahul Haq should not worry about any threats to his Test and one-day captaincy.

Ashraf, who met the players and team management during a visit to Johannesburg to watch the final one-dayer between Pakistan and South Africa, told Misbah that he would be continuing as captain for the ICC Champions Trophy in England in June and should be prepared for the challenge, reports the Daily Times.

A lobby in the Pakistan cricket community had been insisting that Misbah's tenure as one-day captain and player was now over and he would be replaced by Mohammad Hafeez as skipper for the Champions Trophy.

However, according to sources, since the time Misbah got back to form in the one-day series, he was more confident about himself and his captaincy.

A source said that Ashraf had also discussed about the appointment of a permanent batting coach and assured the team that a coach would be named before the Champions Trophy. He said that names of some of the former Pakistan players, including Zaheer Abbas is also being considered for the position.

The board had appointed former captain, Inzamamul Haq as batting consultant to work with the players before the team went to India for the One-day series in December. It also wanted to send Inzamam with the team to South Africa but later dropped the plan after failing to reach an agreement with the former captain, who had demanded a two-year contract and fees equivalent to what is being paid to head coach, Dav Whatmore. (ANI)

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