We have to improve our basic structure says Misbah
Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan’s recently retired ODI captain, has said that it’ll be a tough task for the PCB in selecting a new limited-overs skipper as their side is nowhere close to being stable and the players like Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad have not been able to match the level of cricket played by the players of the top teams.
Following Pakistan’s quarter-final exit at the World Cup, Misbah said:
“My one-day career is over and I have played my innings,” Misbah said. “Now the responsibility lies with the youngsters to take Pakistan cricket forward. It indeed will be a challenge for the PCB to pick a new ODI captain.
“You can’t compare Pakistan’s batting line-up with other teams. In most of the matches when I got out early, we couldn’t play the entire 50 overs. When you are under pressure, you tend not to take too many risks and the strike rate goes down. We had an inexperienced batting line-up.
“When you get a set platform, you try your best to give at least a run a ball. We can say as a batting unit we are not yet matured and don’t know how to play a big innings. It’s a problem of our batting line-up and we need to look at it in future. Maybe if the batsmen get some exposure of international cricket, they get better. But obviously, it was our problem in the World Cup.”
“Our policy is that the selection committee has full and final authority. The captain gives his suggestions, but he doesn’t have the authority. I feel the captain and coach should both have authority as well as some responsibility in the selection committee.”
Misbah also lashed out at the local TV critics, including the former players, who he felt had been showing a lack of support to Pakistan throughout the mega event.
“In Pakistan, he who has no work to do becomes an expert on TV.
“It hurts when it comes from senior players who played with us, they did not learn any morality in any form or from any institute. They use such words that the whole world could have been shocked listening to them.
“When everyone is praising Pakistan, they are still standing on their one-point agenda: The batting has flopped because of Misbah, or the bowling has flopped but let’s put the blame on Misbah. It’s not because of one man. I didn’t attack the Sri Lankan team nor have I finished international cricket in Pakistan,” Misbah sarcastically quipped.
“It’s such problems that we have to face it. It’s not right to put the blame on me. I wasn’t in the team in 2007 or 2003. Somebody should ask them why the team made early exits then. They should give solutions for Pakistan and should think before speaking on television.
“These people are neither supporting Pakistan nor the team. It’s a big loss. There should be some criteria to let someone sit on television. It should be not like if someone is not getting any job, he should be allowed to come on television,” he concluded.
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