Former <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/pakistan/">Pakistan</a> captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/misbah-ul-haq/news/">Misbah-ul-Haq</a> has ended weeks of speculations by applying for the post of head coach of Pakistan. Confirming the news on Monday, Misbah said that he only made his decision today. <p></p> <p></p>"It has been interesting to see my name being mentioned as a future head coach of the Pakistan cricket team, but the fact is I only made the decision today. I am applying for the head coach's role fully aware that the competition will be tough as I envisage there will be a few more very competent and highly qualified people applying for one of the most challenging jobs in the game," he said. <p></p> <p></p>The 45-year-old resigned from the PCB's Cricket committee that was formed in October last year. He is currently overseeing Pakistan's national camp as its commandant for a 17-day period. <p></p> <p></p>[caption id="attachment_884703" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-884703" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Misbah-ul-Haq-afp-3.jpg" alt="Misbah-ul-Haq @AFP" width="628" height="355" /> Misbah-ul-Haq (File Photo) @ AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Misbah has been the frontrunner to take over the job right from the day he took over as camp's commandant and is highly likely to become Pakistan's next head coach. <p></p> <p></p>Misbah, Pakistan's most successful Test captain, led them to 26 victories in 56 matches. He retired from the international cricket in 2017, playing his last Test against West Indies in May 2017. <p></p> <p></p>Interestingly, he does not fulfill the three-year 'experience' criteria but that might not be a stumbling block in his way to becoming Pakistan's head coach. <p></p> <p></p>The <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/pcb-sacks-pakistan-coach-mickey-arthur-along-with-entire-coaching-staff-877030">Pakistan Cricket Board did not renew the contract</a> of head coach Mickey Arthur after the World Cup 2019. PCB also dropped other members of the coaching staff, which also included bowling coach <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/azhar-mahmood/news">Azhar Mahmood</a>. <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/dean-jones/news/">Dean Jones</a><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/dean-jones/news/"> and </a><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/mohsin-khan/news/">Mohsin Khan</a><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/dean-jones/news/"> are other former international players who have applied for the head coach job.</a> Pakistan legend and their former head coach, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/waqae-younis/news/">Waqar Younis</a> is in fray for the bowling coach job <p></p> <p></p>Pakistan kick off their 2019/20 season with a home series against Sri Lanka next month.