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Dean Jones criticises Misbah’s appointment

Former Australia cricketer believes that the two roles could not be held by the same person

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Australia’s former cricketer Dean Jones, through Twitter on Tuesday, criticised the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB’s) decision of appointing current head coach-cum-chief selector Misbahul Haq for the dual role, after Pakistan’s miserable performance in the second Twenty20 International (T20I) against Sri Lanka in Lahore which resulted in the Islanders taking an unassailable two-nil lead in the series.

Jones believes that the two roles could not be held by the same person.

"In my opinion in cricket, you cannot have both roles as a head coach and a selector. Imagine if you were a player with some technical or mental problems.. would you be honest with your coach as you are more likely to be sacked! #Mumstheword," Jones tweeted.

In my opinion in cricket, you cannot have both roles as a Head Coach and a Selector. Imagine if you were a player with some technical or mental problems.. would you be honest with your Coach as you are more likely to be sacked! #Mumstheword #🤐

— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) October 7, 2019

Former New Zealand cricketer Scott Styris, however, disagreed with the sentiments and claimed that a coach needed to have a direct input in the selection process.

"So you're happy being coach, with results being your form of accountability and you cant pick the team you want? Can you imagine Sir Alex Ferguson, Craig Bellamy, Bill Belichick NOT having a say on who is on the field! Yeah right," Styris tweeted.

So you're happy being coach, with results being your form of accountability and you cant pick the team you want? Can you imagine Sir Alex Ferguson, Craig Bellamy, Bill Belichick NOT having a say on who is on the field! Yeah right

— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) October 7, 2019

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Former New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson also defended the appointment of Misbah for the dual role by emphasising the need of the cultivation of team culture, which is based on selection.

"I agree with a lot of what you say Deano but not in this instance. As a Coach your lifespan is dependent on performance,a huge part of performance is having the right players to play a certain style and then developing a culture to suit. The culture deals with your last point," Hesson's tweet read.

I agree with a lot of what you say Deano but not in this instance.
As a Coach your lifespan is dependent on performance,a huge part of performance is having the right players to play a certain style and then developing a culture to suit. The Culture deals with your last point... https://t.co/eSj46tXyIe

— Mike Hesson (@CoachHesson) October 8, 2019

Jones later clarified that he was a friend of Misbah and wished him the best of luck. He felt that the current changes in Pakistan had put a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of the former captain.

"Regarding my comments today. Misbah is a dear mate of mine. I genuinely want him to do well. With 3 formats of the game and a new First Class system... it's hard to do all the jobs properly and well. I want Misbah to do well. He needs support and patience," he tweeted.

Re my comments today. Misbah is a dear mate of mine. I genuinely want him to do well. With 3 formats of the game and a new First Class system... it’s hard to do all the jobs properly and well. I want Misbah to do well. He needs support and patience.

— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) October 8, 2019