Misbah clears up Pakistan coaching confusion claims

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Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq has dismissed the suggestion that his team might suffer from having too many coaches around as they prepare to face South Africa in a two-match Test series.

Misbah invited National High Performance coaches, Mohammad Yousuf and Saqlain Mushtaq, into the Pakistan training camp in Karachi in the last week.

Misbah says Pakistan don’t have too many cooks

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The Pakistan coach says that he wanted Saqlain to lend a helping hand to the spinners who are likely to hold the key during the series against the Proteas.

“The thought behind Saqlain’s inclusion was that spinners will play a big role in matches here, so we wanted him to come and work with the new domestic spinners for a bit,” said Misbah.

Misbah said that Yousuf was not a threat to batting coach Younis Khan. The coach said he would take on board inputs from Yousuf but the direction players were taken in would be determined by Younis.

“Yousuf has been roped in to improve our coordination. Younis Khan still leads the batsmen here, and we as coaches communicate with each other so that we know about each player’s details – we’re accumulating his data, a lot of videos, how he’s playing,” Misbah added.

“People are probably under the impression that there’ll be confusion for batsmen because three coaches will be giving inputs but it’s nothing like that. Younis Khan will communicate with the players, and the three of us are only communicating among ourselves. That’s very clear,” Misbah said.

“The other motive behind bringing those guys is that they are going to prepare the team for T20s. Here we’ll be busy with the Test. We’re communicating among ourselves about how to prepare them for T20s,” he concluded.

Experienced leg-spinner Yasir Shah should take charge of the spin-bowling department, and will be supported by either Nauman Ali or Sajid Khan.

Pakistan have brought in a number of new faces for the series including top-order batsman Imran Butt who looks set to debut against the Proteas on Tuesday.

The first Test will get underway on Tuesday 26 January at 07:00 (SAST). The series will form part of the World Test Championship. The second Test is in Rawalpindi from 4 February. The Test series will be followed by three Twenty20 internationals at Lahore ‘s Gadaffi Stadium on 11, 13 and 14 February.

The coronavirus pandemic means all the matches on South Africa’s tour of Pakistan will be played without fans in attendance.

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