LAHORE - Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq and head coach Waqar Younis will remain the part of the national cricket team till the all important England series to be played after the infamous 2010 spot-fixing scandal.

PCB chairman Shaharyar M Khan said that Waqar would continue as head coach as head coach for the full tour of England this year although his two-year coaching contract expires in June. “There is no reason to change Waqar or the coaching staff and we will only review their performances and contracts after the England tour,” the PCB chief said on Wednesday.

Waqar joined the Pakistan team for a second stint as coach in June 2014 after earlier having resigned himself in 2011 after an 18-month stint. Shaharyar said that although Waqar’s contract expired in June but he had been told he would continue for the full England tour which includes tests, ODIs and T20 matches. “The England tour is an important one for us especially since we will be going there for the first time after the infamous 2010 spot fixing scandal,” he said.

The PCB chairman said this was why he had asked Misbah-ul-Haq to continue as captain for the tour. “I had a chat with him and he indicated he would not retire now. But he is yet to agree formally. “We want Misbah to continue as captain because he is a dependable, stable and sensible captain and he can handle pressure and maintain discipline in team. We know the tour to England will not be easy because off the spot fixing scandal. And with Amir back in the side this is why we want Misbah to continue as captain.”

Shaharyar said that he had already informed M Aamir and other players they should be prepared for a hard time when they go on tour. “But with time, we are sure things will die down and people and media will than focus on the team’s performance,” he added.

Meanwhile, Misbah-ul-Haq Wednesday made it clear that he was not retiring from international cricket and is ready for the challenging England tour, scheduled to begin in July. "The reason I am playing domestic cricket is because I want to tour England and lead the side," Misbah told reporters at the national stadium.

The 41-year old batsman again showed his class with match-winnings innings of 85 and 60 in the day-and-night five- day final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. "I want to play in England that is why I am active in domestic cricket because I see that tour as a big challenge for our standing as a top Test team," he said.

Misbah, who captained SNGPL team and led them to their third successive Quaid Trophy title, also admonished the young players who featured in the match as being irresponsible. "I am disappointed and I think these youngsters who are future of Pakistan cricket need to understand there are no short cuts in Test cricket. You have to be prepared to bat for at least three sessions to get a hundred."

"You have to show respect to a bowler. You have to wait for the bad ball and play to your strength. You can't try a big hit after two or three balls," Misbah concluded.