Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has played eight matches for Islamabad United in the 2018 edition of the Pakistan Super League. @ AFP
Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has played eight matches for Islamabad United in the 2018 edition of the Pakistan Super League. @ AFP

Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq will not mentor Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Islamabad United (ISLU) as promised earlier because he wants to play in the 2019 edition scheduled to begin on February 14 in Dubai.

According to a report in ESPNCricinfo on Monday, the 44-year-old Misbah, who played eight matches for Islamabad United in the 2018 edition of the PSL where he made 57 runs at a strike-rate of 75, is likely to be picked by Peshawar Zalmi in the Gold category at the PSL Player Draft on Tuesday.

Earlier, Misbah, who has not played T20 cricket since March this year, expressed that he wished to mentor Islamabad United, but the franchise was not too keen on availing his services.

“Islamabad United, the winners of the inaugural HBL PSL and the defending PSL champions, would like to update our fans that Misbah-ul-Haq might not be a part of the franchise in the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League, due to a late change of decision,” the franchise said in a statement on Twitter.

“In the weeks leading up to the draft, Islamabad United had reached an agreement with Misbah-ul-Haq regarding his appointment as the mentor of the franchise for PSL 4 and the editions going forward. This is in line with ISLU’s ethos of developing and nurturing not only emerging players but also senior players as they move to the next phase of their careers. ISLU was hence delighted to receive the written confirmation to this affect.”

“Despite having reached that agreement the franchise was informed yesterday that Misbah wished to stay in the player draft for PSL4 for consideration as an active player. As Islamabad United has already announced its retentions and has a specific strategy for the draft, picking Misbah as a player may not be possible for the franchise.

“While this is an unexpected turn of events, we respect Misbah’s decision and would like to thank him for invaluable contribution to the rise of ISLU, and would like to wish him the best in his future endeavours.”

The PSL Player Draft in Islamabad on Tuesday will see six franchises choose players to complete their squad for the next season.