The Pakistan Cricket Board today announced that after expressing interest in applying for the position of the head coach of the national cricket team, Misbah-ul-Haq has stepped down from the PCB Cricket Committee.

Misbah met on Monday morning with PCB Director – International Cricket, Zakir Khan, and notified him of his choice, after which he officially applied for the position of the head coach.

Misbah-ul-Haq said: “It was exciting to see my name being mentioned as the Pakistan cricket team’s future head coach, but the reality is that I only made the choice today.”

He added: “I’m applying for the position of the head coach, completely aware that the competition will be hard as I expect a few more extremely skilled and extremely trained people to apply for one of the game’s most difficult employment.”

He further added: “I have to acknowledge that in stating so, it’s everybody’s dream to coach the Pakistan cricket squad, which has enormous potential to be a force that can be counted across all formats.”

The PCB announced on August 9 for the position of the head coach, with the last application date being August 26.

The PCB hopes to complete the process by early September so that the new team coach can take charge in time to prepare the Pakistan cricket team for the upcoming international season, starting with the ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka in Karachi on 27 September.