With Pakistan losing the T20I series to Sri Lanka at home, critical voices have emerged for the team and its management staff, especially against former skipper Misbah Ul Haq, who was recently appointed as head coach and national chief selector by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Former Australia batsman Dean Jones is among the people to have openly bemoaned Misbah's appointment in a dual role, which he believes, isn't the ideal scenario for players as they might not be able to communicate properly with a head coach who is also the chief selector.
"In my opinion in cricket, you cannot have both roles as a Head Coach and a Selector," Dean Jones tweeted on Tuesday (October 8). "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."
However, former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris didn't agree with what Deano had to say about Misbah's appointment and replied: "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."
New Zealand ex-head coach Mike Hesson also came out in support of Misbah and the dual role arrangement. "I agree with a lot of what you say Deano but not in this instance," he tweeted. "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."
Jones later clarified that his stance was not against Misbah, who he respects a lot, but it is certainly harder if an individual is responsible for multiple duties.
"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," he tweeted.