Fans And Critics Told Misbah-Ul-Haq That He Should Be ‘Ashamed’
Pakistan Test skipper Misbah-Ul-Haq on Wednesday stated that fans in Pakistan should drop their double standards while analysing the national team’s overall performance which also yielded some good results in the recent past particularly in Tests.
“Everyone tries their best. People forget the good that was done in the last six years after we lost a few matches. The fans need to consistent in their approach too, otherwise, they should not expect consistency from players,” Misbah was quoted as saying by Express Tribune.
However, the right-handed batsman Misbah, who was criticised, came down hard on critics and fans by expressing they wanted him to stay and lead the team in the long format cricket.
Misbah added the team has gone through these hardships in the recent past and recovered well and such things are expected in the foreseeable future.
“I was considering retirement a year ago but everyone told me to stay for the tours [against New Zealand and Australia], but now, that we have lost, they are telling me that I should be ashamed of myself and leave cricket,” said Misbah.
The Punjab-born Misbah said there is always an advantage for home teams against visitors before saying the domestic structure in Pakistan is flawed.
“Every team performs well in their home conditions. Like we beat teams in the UAE, Australia and New Zealand beat us in their home conditions. However, it’s not that we never won on a tour. We drew the series against England in their home conditions. We need to improve our domestic cricket first,” added Misbah.
Misbah also gave an example of India that has done well in the recent past in Tests at home when asked about Pakistan’s performance at the adopted home United Arab Emirates (UAE).
“Look at India! they are number one because no one can beat them in India. They topped Test rankings by playing in their own country. So, no credits should be taken away from Pakistan too,” Misbah further added.
The 42-year-old skipper Misbah had a torrid time as a batsman in Australia and New Zealand.
Pakistan lost the two-match Test series 2-0 against Kiwis before receiving 3-0 whitewash in three-match Tests in Australia.
“We need to give our youngsters confidence by sending them on tours to countries like Australia, South Africa and England to get accustomed to their conditions,” Misbah concluded.
Earlier, several Pakistan former cricketers termed that Misbah is in the best position to take a call about his Test future who led Pakistan to reach Number One in the ICC Test Rankings last August when India-West Indies Test match was washed out in Trinidad.
Misbah appeared in 72 Tests for Pakistan after making the debut in 2001 against New Zealand. He scored 4951 which included 10 centuries and 36 fifties at an average of 45.84.
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