Misbah emerges as top contender for Pakistan cricket coach

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Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has emerged as top contender to take over as head coach after Mickey Arthur was sacked following World Cup disappointment.

The 45-year-old, Pakistan’s most successful Test captain, has stepped down from the Pakistan Cricket Board’s executive committee to clear the way for his application.

“I have resigned from the cricket committee and have applied for the post of Pakistan´s head coach,” said the former batsman, describing the position as a “dream”.

The PCB did not reveal whether anyone else had applied for the post. However, Pakistani media said former Australian batsman Dean Jones and ex-West Indies paceman Courtney Walsh were among the applicants.