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Former Zimbabwe cricketer and renowned coach Andy Flower has decided not to work as the head coach for the Pakistan team due to his busy schedule.
According to sources, the previous Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) regime led by Chairman Ehsan Mani were looking to replace current Head Coach Misbahul Haq, with Flower, after Pakistan’s recent T20I series defeat against England.
Flower, who is the head coach of the PSL's Multan Sultans, the CPL's Saint Lucia Kings, the T10's Delhi Bulls, and the Trent Rockets, as well as the assistant coach of the IPL's Punjab Kings, has told the PCB that he is not interested in coaching any international sides at the moment because he is more interested in franchise cricket.
Following Flower's refusal, the process of finding a foreign coach for the Pakistan team has gotten more difficult. Despite Mani's departure, Misbah is not popular with the PCB, since the expected incoming Chairman Ramiz Raja is also in favor of hiring a foreign coach.
Although sources added that Misbah’s removal is unlikely to take place before this year’s T20 World Cup, due to lack of time for the new coach to adjust before the mega event.
Misbah was appointed as the head coach and chief selector in September 2019, with strong backing from Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Wasim Khan.
During Misbah’s tenure Pakistan won 16 and lost 13 matches out of 34, as the team slipped from first to the fourth position in the ICC T20 Rankings.