When Pakistan tour overseas, there are bound to be several questions raised. Over the years, the side has been an extremely controversial unit, with some members trying their absolute best in order to seek some media attention. With Pakistan all set to tour England, the spotlight is once again on the side ahead of the all important tour.
The man under investigation even before the series begins is none other than Pakistan’s test captain Misbah Ul Haq. At 42 years, age isn’t a variable which supports Misbah’s future. As Pakistan departed for England from Lahore, questions regarding his future were raised by the media. Like his batting, Misbah answered all the questions in a rather subtle manner as he chose to focus more on the upcoming tour, rather than his future as a player. “If I had to retire from cricket, I would have got retirement, but as I am fully fit and want to do more for my country, I will carry on serving the game and my country,” said a beaming Misbah.
“The England series is a big challenge but I also want to tell every player that the bigger the challenge, the bigger the opportunity will be. If the players perform well against the best in the business, the honour and the recognition they will get will really be a bigger one and remarkable, so every player must take this series as an opportunity if they want international recognition,” Misbah further added.
Ahead of the test series, Misbah chose to seek solace in history and emphasized about Pakistan’s decent record in England. “History tells us Pakistan players always played well in England on English pitches. I hope this time too, the players will do their best to make this series a remarkable one through their outstanding performances and return home triumphant,” he said.
“We should forget about past and just focus on our game, practice and performance, as if we do so with full determination and devotion, we not only perform well during the series but also keep us safe from any controversy,” the Pakistan skipper said, when quizzed about his side’s ill fated tour in 2010.