“I think it is time to step down, I will complete my term that ends on July 30,” said Haq, who was addressing the media for the first time after Pakistan’s disappointing World Cup campaign.
“When I returned [from United Kingdom], I told the Pakistan Cricket Board [PCB] that I did not want to continue with my position. I joined in 2016 and have spent a good time here. Now, I have decided that new people should come, with new thinking and ideas. “I thank the PCB and the team who respected my choices,” he said. When asked if he would take on another role in the management, Haq said: “I am a cricketer, this is my bread and butter. If the board offers me another role, apart from selection, I would consider it.”
He, however, said that the board has not made him any offer as yet. Speaking on the team’s performance during the recently concluded World Cup, in which Pakistan failed to qualify for the top four, Haq said he believed the team’s performance was good. “Pakistan defeated the two finalists, won four matches. But they were unlucky that they were ruled out [from the semifinals] due to the NRR [net run-rate].”