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Misbah in danger of over-rate ban

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March 12, 2012

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Misbah-ul-Haq has become the latest captain under threat of a one-match suspension for maintaining a slow over-rate, after Pakistan fell two overs short of their target in the opening game of the Asia Cup, against Bangladesh in Mirpur. Misbah was fined 40% of his match-fee for the offence while the rest of the players were docked 20%, but Misbah will face a suspension if his side have another over-rate transgression in an ODI in the next 12 months.

Since the ICC made the rules regarding over-rates stricter, after their annual conference in Hong Kong in June last year, India's captain MS Dhoni has been suspended for both a Test and an ODI, while Shane Watson is also in danger of a suspension after Australia failed to complete their overs in time in the third final of the Commonwealth Bank series.

David Boon was the match-referee for Pakistan's game against Bangladesh and ruled that Pakistan were too slow in completing their overs, after taking delays into consideration. Pakistan fell behind the rate despite just 18.1 of the 48.1 overs being bowled by fast bowlers, and will have to be careful over the next 12 months to avoid losing their captain for a match.

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Posted by   on (March 15, 2012, 20:46 GMT)

If Umer Akmal takes responsibility then Misbah will feel ease and improve its speed.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

i agree to you VOYAGOR but he should play each format to its merits. he always ruins the runrate in both shorter formats and at the last stage he starts hitting when we had already lost the match. it also not fair. its better to get out then sticking at the crease with a purpose or i better say hope of becoming a hero at the end. which is never happened.

Posted by voyager on (March 15, 2012, 3:15 GMT)

Going by the responses of many posters it appears that they like the days of disgrace and shameful failures better than current times of respect and more stable success. My humble opinion give hime confidence and chance until T20 WC and then transition him out of all forms of cricket if there is no big test series in near future. But please do that with due respect. Not b/c of him but b/c or Pakistan's cricket and yourself as more than any thing we need stability. Criticism is fair game but disrespect to person and contributor like him is NOT. No wonder the non pakistani's are perplexed at the disparaging comments about him.

Posted by zulfi43 on (March 14, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

Pakistan will win if Misbah get kicked out

Posted by Sports4Youth on (March 14, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

hope misbah gets a ban of a couple of games. it will certainly help the balance of the team.

Posted by   on (March 14, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

afridi is any time better then misba wether as captain or is a player and pak team should bring afridi as captain in t20s and odi and also bring back imran nazir n kamran akmal back as opener and those people who is said misbah is not only responsible but also team line up ya its true but afridi the only man who bring team till semi final wc 2011 on lead his captaincy n also played very vital role with the ball n took highest wkt taker award so all hater of afridi just see the record of afridi captaincy n misbah captaincy its actualy not dislike misbah n like afridi its for team so lets see in this series misbah wat can do .....

Posted by ExplicitPlatinum on (March 14, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

Wahab Riaz is one bowler who needs to be back in the side. Us Pakistani's are usually criticise a bowler who didn't perform well in one or two matches such as Riaz. If Riaz improved his ball technique and is insisting on not disappointing the captain, then why not bench ordinary Cheema since Junaid is injured. Umar Akmal should not go after every ball, he is the most important batsmen IMO. He can make hundreds if he doesn't be greedy. Misbah is very capable of hitting boundaries, he should at least try hitting some and to not entirely focus on not losing wickets all the time.

Posted by AmMaR_KhaN on (March 14, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

Please bowlers... we need your help in kicking misbah out.. we wont get a better chance than this :)

Posted by   on (March 14, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

Ahhh...! Thats good, at least there is glimmer of hope that Misbah might get suspended for a match. Believe me there is nothing better to even replace Misbah just for one match. He is such a non-aggressive captain which is so not a spirit of modern day cricket. He can just smile over a loss with degree of cooooolness he possess.

Posted by   on (March 14, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

WE NEED ON DAY AND T20 AFRIDI CAPTAINCY.

Posted by   on (March 14, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

I am waiting for a another slow over rate by pak team. Atleast the Pakistani nation will be happy for one ODI , atleast we ll get a break from the Miserable Misbah

Posted by   on (March 14, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

Misbah and Uakmal are two immediate fixes.......dont mind losing a few matches but we need the youth to prosper in this side like Hammad Azam and iam sure there must be more.....

Posted by KEVINSL on (March 14, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

looks like nothing difference between pakistan and Indian fans.both fans stay with their team as long as victory of the team.

Posted by Irfan.786 on (March 14, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

Actually Misbah totally defensive captain so he is very effective in test Cricket but not in ODI or t20 cricket because ODI or t20 is aggressive cricket so these kind of cricket need aggressive captain not defensive.So Misbah need aggression for his ODI or t20 Captaincy.

Posted by   on (March 14, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

does not matter misbah ban for one match just win pakistan team against india

Posted by PakCricSpin on (March 14, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

The problem with Pakistan is that it does not have any REAL batsmen. Today, In Pakistan there exist no world class batsmen. Its as simple as that. And this is why Pakistan is world famous for their batting collapses. My High School team was also famous for batting collapses, we too didn't have any real batsmen. :P

Posted by hardstone42 on (March 14, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

Misbah is not a good captain for ODIs.

Posted by ishaq28 on (March 14, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

I think Pakistan should concentrate on fielding and Pakistan need the wicket keeper like Kamran Akmal who used to bat well at the top or lower order and they need to bring back Imran Nazir specially in T20s and give him a chance to play ODI

Posted by fahim-akhter on (March 14, 2012, 3:22 GMT)

Misbah isn't the right choice for odi & t20, like afridi isn't right for test captaincy, as he step down, misbah should follow him, im not saying afridi should be captain for odi, but misbah isn't the right choice. Odi need aggressive and young captain.

Posted by Dannymania on (March 13, 2012, 20:38 GMT)

yeah well.its time when misbah gets spanked for his idiotic captaincy.he is NOT a good captain people!when will everyone realise that?he gives results in test cricket,good.but he doesnt deliver anything in odis and t20s.please GOD i pray may misbah be removed from the odi and t20 captaincy.pakistan play as a unit under his command,but pakistan has lost all its supreme talent under his command.the only special fast bowler pakistan have right now is wahab riaz,and he's been benched.misbah,o dear misbah..when will you resign..aahh..sigh..

Posted by Kak-mal_Khan on (March 13, 2012, 20:21 GMT)

Message to Mr Whatmor - Misbah is guilty of not running quick singles, but keeps his wicket in tact, he however allows Pakistan to achieve a score of respectability, but is also one reason why Pakistan fail in not achieving the big scores that other established subcontinent teams manage, this is because he is coming in lower down the order. Also when Misbah is playing then Younis Khan should be left out in ODI and T20, or Misbah plays in ODI and Y.Khan in T20 (as captain). I recommend following team and batting line-up in the not too distant future: (ODI) 1. Afridi, 2. Hafeez, 3. Misbah (capt), 4. U.Akmal, 5. Shafiq, 6. H.Azam, 7. Rana Naved, 8. S. Ahmed (wkt), 9. Gul, 10. Ajmal, 11. Cheema. (T20) same team and line-up, just replace Misbah as no.3 and capt with Younis Khan.

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

i can't understand the thinking of both haters and lovers of Afridi.some fans of afridi are his blind followers while some of his haters consider him useless ......lets consider his batting a bonus and take him as a genuine bowler then he is doing enough to retain his place in the team.........

Posted by Tufey_Fatos on (March 13, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

Misbah is A good Captain,But I think he should focus now on Test Matches and Let Hafeez be Pakistan's ODI skipper and Umur Gul T20's !

Posted by a.syed81 on (March 13, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

I don't get it why so much hate for Misbah like he is the only one who is causing the games. There are many issues with the team such as follows

1. Weak opening stands 2. Younis Khan at # 3 3. U.Akmal is not maturing and always throws his wicket away 4. Asad throws his wicket away same as U.Akmal 5. Moron Afridi only play for public not for team (totally agree with Khalid Khan comments about him) 6. No hitting power towards the end (Remember when Razzaq use to hit big shots) 7. No wicket taking bowlers with new ball

So Again it's not just Misbah. And even with the over-rate ban he will be away only for a game.

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

i Pray to God.. please band Mishab for life....

Posted by Sports4Youth on (March 13, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

Correction . Talha played for National Bank of Pakistan against Zarai Taraqiati Bank and took 5 wickets. He was reported injured and not considered for Asia Cup.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (March 13, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

Folks , this has been a big surprise to me. Officially the fans were informed that Mohd.Talha had picked up a back injury and therefore he had to be sent back to pakistan in the end of the England tour. No replacements were called. However, todaay Talha has played for Zarai Taraqiati Bank and took 5 wickets for 34 runs to take his team to a comfortable victory. This man Talha is being kept out of the team under some or the other pretext. And rubbish bowlers like Gul and Riaz are on tour for the Asia cup. Talha was also not given any game in the England series.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (March 13, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

Mohd.Talha not injured --> http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan-domestic-2011/engine/current/match/554269.html

Posted by Umbra on (March 13, 2012, 16:01 GMT)

@KhalidKhan.Jeddah.Arabia: I'm glad to see someone is possessive of that kind of thinking. People love Afridi, because he is Afridi, but what we want is not always what is best.

If Afridi were still playing Test Cricket, I expect people would not be saying Misbah should retain the Test captaincy either. It's all reputation and not skill. We lost in the Semi-Final of the World Cup under the captaincy of who? Not Misbah. Misbah was the one trying to save the match, as a matter of fact, as he was in the World T20 Final a few years back against the same opposition.

And if I recall, Afridi did little in either game.

Posted by KashifMuneer on (March 13, 2012, 16:01 GMT)

I think Misbah is the best man to lead Pakistan due to his calming influence. It won't be the end of the world even if he were banned for a game but he needs to be more careful that the ban does not come at a crunch time. The remaining games in this tough tournament are crucial so he needs to be careful. Would Hafeez captain the team if Misbah was banned for a game? I think Hafeez is the vice captain.

Posted by navi1 on (March 13, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

Bring Imran Nazir and Hammad Azam in the team and kick 2 IMMATURE and USELESS chaps like Afridi and U Akmal....

Need young team but talented not IMMATURE; Afridi has played his cricket and SALUT to Waqar Yonis on his observation on IMMATURE Afridi...

Cheers

Posted by navi1 on (March 13, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

Please please kick Afridi and Umar Akmal out from the team... they both are IMMATURE and need to learn a lot from internal cricket before letting them to play for country.. Misbah is a good chap and he knows how to tackle young team...

merci

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

he should be banned for strike rate.

Posted by sophocles on (March 13, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

Hero worship should be set aside. What is at stake for Pakistan is not Misbah v Afridi but long term planning and grooming new talent. And that includes a serious consideration for Pakistan to have three teams for the three different formats of the game. A player can play in all formats (if he is suited for all formats) but not every player can play equally well in every format. Same goes for captaincy. Yes, it's not brain surgery or rocket science.

Posted by KhalidKhan.Jeddah.Arabia on (March 13, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

HE IS A TYPICAL STREET BOY WITH NO MATURITY AT ALL IN THIS AGE…MISBAH IS THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN AFTER MATCH-FIXING SAGA AND HE IS THE MOST CAPABLE CAPTAIN PAKISTAN HAS GOT AFTER IMRAN KHAN. DON'T CRITICIZE HIM JUST BACK HIM A BIT MORE TO LEAVE A WINNING TEAM AND A CAPABLE SUCCESSOR BEHIND HIM AS A LEGACY…BUT SHAHID AFRIDI IS NOT AT ALL BE MADE CAPTAIN IN ANY OF THE CRICKET FORMATS…EVEN FIND A REPLACEMENT FOR HIM AS A BOWLER. KHALID KHAN. JEDDAH. 12-3-12

Posted by KhalidKhan.Jeddah.Arabia on (March 13, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

PEOPLE WHO CRITICIZE MISBAH HAVE VERY LITTLE OR EVEN NO KNOWLEDGE OF 'PRACTICAL' & 'PROFESSIONAL' CRICKET. THEY JUST WANT TO SEE BOOM BOOM THINGS AND TO SUBSIDE QUICKLY. HOW DID SHAHID AFRIDI FARE IN THE ODI SERIES AGAINST ENGLAND…? WHAT HE DID IN THE BATTING YESTERDAY…? HE IS ABSOLUTELY A NON-SERIOUS PERSON WITH A DEVIL-MAY-CARE TYPE OF ATTITUDE ALWAYS. WHAT HE DID IN MOHALI WC SF…? EVERYONE BLAMES MISBAH FOR 'SLOW' BATTING THERE…SHAHID AFRIDI COULD HAVE TURNED THAT MATCH IN PAKISTAN FAVOR HAD HE USED HIS BRAINS…BUT HE HAS DECIDED TO REMAIN A NAUGHTY NON-COMMITTED PERSON. HE HAS TECHNIQUE BUT ALL-IMPORTANT TEMPERAMENT IS THUS MISSING. HE HAS POWER BUT HOW TO AND WHEN TO UNLEASH IT…HE DOESN'T KNOW ABOUT THAT. HE DOESN'T CARE HOW HE SINKS OUR DIE-HARD HEARTS ONCE HE IMMEDIATELY DEPARTS FROM THE BATTING CREASE AFTER SOME EXTREMELY SILLY SHOTS…HE COULD EASILY AVOID THEM THE SAME WAY WHEN HE SCORED 75 AGAINST SRILANKA LAST DECEMBER. BUT HE WANTS CHEAP FAME AND HUSH HUSH EVERYWHERE. Contd/2

Posted by Badreshian on (March 13, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

Misbah please leave ODIs and T20s captaincy to some other fellow, afridi should not lead this team again after embarrased exist following successful run in the world cup 2011.... Or Misbah we will pray for a life time ban on slow over rate....

Posted by hasham87 on (March 13, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

I think it would be a great news for Pakistani supporters if Misbah gets a ban :D

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

It was a tricky match bowling second and we were is a losing situation. So Misbah was talking a lot to players. I think he did the right thing under pressure and Pakistan came out as unlikely winners.

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

Thanks to ICC. Finally they created an opportunity to throw Misbah out of ODI squad. Otherwise PCB is very delighted, after all Pakistan won match against Bangladesh

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

Thats great news for Pakistan at least we got one chance to leave Misbah:-)

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

guys Misbah is a great captain + AWAIS ZIA SHOULD BE GIVEN A CHANCE AGAIN.

Posted by Naeem_Malik on (March 13, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

plz Misbah left the captenship in one days and T20 tou r best for test cricket WE WANT AFRIDI.

Posted by getsetgopk on (March 13, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

its such a waste to have Misbah captain the team imagine the thrill of watching Afridi captaining the side.

Posted by desxtop on (March 13, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

plz Misbah left the captenship in one days and T20 tou r best for test cricket.plz

Posted by royalkda on (March 13, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

I don't think Misbah is suitable for any formate of cricket even as member, But he is Captain, really its strange.PCB will have to plan for long time, otherwise Nation will face another Misbah in future, and also you can see in ground most of work is doing by Afridi and Younis,He is just speaking to bowlers, as he is experinced player, and he know very well.

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

If Australia can sack the mighty RICKEY PONTING (The world cup winner for consectvly 02 years?) as he was not performing only for 3 games,,why we cant sack Younis and Misbah? I relay dont think that mibah and younis are bettr than him when it comes to results.!!!!

Posted by Mr.Shani on (March 13, 2012, 2:30 GMT)

@ PAK-92, I agree with u that we should give a chance to hafeez to in limited overs to captaining the side. But it does not mean that misbah is not a good captain. Although his approach is not aggressive but he is captaining the side really well. At this time pak dont need to be aggressive. They need to be consistent especially in their batting. And pak cant afford to drop misbah. Because we dont have any batsman who can bat til end. Afridi & Umar can play just 10 to 15 overs with a strike rate of 100. But this score is not enough to win the match and plz dont talk about t20 final. Dont think about his scoop. Pak were 77/6 in 11.4 overs. Without his 43 off 38 the only thing pak could achieve with Yasar, Sohail, Gul & Asif was the high victory margin which is just 5 now. by the way Hamad is very talented player. He should be given a proper chance.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 22:54 GMT)

Mr Amansharief, your suggestion for all the other players are right but for Kamran Akmal, He didn't win as much games for Pakistan as He lost them due to the keeping gloves. Kamran is a wast and should never be allowed to play for Pakistan again. I think Younis Khan and Misbah should retain the test squad, they were never good in the ODI in the first place.

Posted by salman_0902 on (March 12, 2012, 21:59 GMT)

WE WANT AFRIDI ------- WE WANT AFRIDI

Posted by ProdigyA on (March 12, 2012, 20:38 GMT)

Its unbelievable to see to many Pak's against their captain. Wonder how he is still surviving. But relax people, i think this is his last chance, if he messes the Asia Cup im really doubt he is going to be in the ODI team at least.

Posted by Amansharief on (March 12, 2012, 20:36 GMT)

Next Match please guys have slow over rate so that Misbah can be banner for a match and also take off Younis he can't play any more, just look at their batting if it is so bad against a poor team like BD then think about SL and IND....Please bring in Ahmed Shahzad for Younus and Hammad for Misbah and Kamran for Sarfaraz thats it you got a good team in hand. For past 2 years its only the bowlers who are winning for Pakistan.

Posted by WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on (March 12, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

@ - Tanveer Abbas & to those guys who r in favour of MISBAH captaincy...guys plz dont forget that MISBAH is now almost 38 yrs & very defensive mindset captain & batsman too...he is perfect captain for 5 day format but not for limited overs cricket & plz dont try to compare his captaincy record in ODIs or T20s to AFRIDI coz his track record is better because he played lots of cricket against IRELAND,ZIMBABWE & BANGLADESH...he achieve only 4 wins against good side or against DILSHAN struggling LANKANS,whitewashed by ENGLAND...so plz dont remind me his minnows records...in last game against BANGLA in ASIA cup we nearly lost the game but fortunately GUL & AJMAL once again save him...his poor captaincy & defensive approach once again proves his weakness in limited over format,all bangla batsman r easily rotate strikes because his fielders r savings boundaries not singles by this they feel no pressure & maintain required rate under 6...we r lucky we won the match but we dont deserved this...

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

The only chance Pak have of winning against Ind or SL is if, Afridi takes over and Younis is dropped to make way for Hammad!

Posted by PAK-92 on (March 12, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

This is a blessing in disguise. Hopefully next matchc we will have another slow over rate, so that Misbah is banned for game against India. We all know he is a choker against India. Anyone remember T20 final and WC semi final. He was the main reason we lost those games. And hopfully, Hamad Azam can get a proper chance to play. We can only hope an pray. Also a chance to test out Hafeez as captain for the ODI team.

Posted by Stark62 on (March 12, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

The only chance Pak have of winning against Ind or SL is if, Afridi takes over and Younis is dropped to make way for Hammad!

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

the picture says it all.he doesnt care about it.

Posted by version1902 on (March 12, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

Misbah is doing a great job here,keeping things together.that's what we need , stability! great job Misbah! and all those ppl , who are talking about Younas Khan,he is a great player too but he do need to perform with some consistency. As a nation,we should respect our heroes.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

misbah is awesome... fullstop

Posted by Yunzi on (March 12, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

pls sack Hafees for cple of games..his s/r is awfull as an opener..Imran Nazir Should be gvn a chance or atlst smothr who can fire at the top of the order..we shud hav anthr phase bowler to help Gull with cheema.. MISBAH shud be sacked from both the ODIs and T20s..he is suitable for test the Longer version..As captain, shud alwys have to take risk and take proactive measures to strike the oppnnts..nt siting & waiting till thy do smthng wrong and then to com on top of the game..that is not a strtgy at all fro ODIs. As captain u shud talk on behalf of ur team not as "These boys are not learning from the past, if we go like this then it will be very hard to play against teams like sri lanka'' bfor u say smthng like this think hw well u hav performd in reasn mataches Mighty Misbah.?? not even scored 20 runs for almst like in 4 mtchs..poor shwing. AFRIDI shud be apointd as Captain agan so tht we can roar at the world as thy look at as afraid..(as he stablized the team the game & the prfrmnc

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (March 12, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

He's following Dhoni in Over rate. But his captaincy made his team united. He's just a cautious but not defensive.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

that's a good news.. this ageing player should be banned forever and have some mercy on pak cricket team...

Posted by rukii on (March 12, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

I'm surprised to see pak fans going against misbah. for me he is the best captain that pak had after a long time. you have tried Afridi,younis,yousuf and even salman butt, but none of them could kept their calm and unite the team. I agree with yasser ehsen and samad shirazie. look at strauss he is not quickest or the yougest but it is under him england acheive their current status. pakisthan allways have great bunch of players but what was really missing was good captaincy and it is misbah who provided it.- SL fan

Posted by Mohammad_Imran on (March 12, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

Misbah is definitely a good test captain (because of the way he bats & his captaincy style in tests). But, he is waaay too defensive to be an odi & t20 captain. Fundamental flaw in his captaincy is that he always feels he will win the game if he takes it to the last over... saves his best bowlers till the end & sets extremely defensive fields (which don't even work)... you could see this yesterday while Afridi came on to bowl and Misbah wouldn't let him set his slightly aggressive field (but Afridi did get his way in the end)... while batting, he plays so slow just to hold on to wickets thinking players like Afridi will get 10 runs an over and save them - everyday is not Sunday! This is why Pak lose a large # of their games (besides some batting skill issues) because the aggressive captain will always trump the defensive captain!

Afridi is the bets choice for odi n t20 captain (if it wasn't for a certain Butt he would still be captain!)... and Hafeez vice captain

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

such an alarming state for pakistan with three spinners operating and undoubtedly afridi and hafeez known for running through their overs quickly, if pakistan still fails to complete their quota in time wat wud happen when ( though i doubt it ) pakistan plays with `three pacers......i guess the new leadership has directed all the efforts to a black hole and the old regime of the famous Butt sahab is still followed....its high time pakistan should realise that the next ODI world cup is in Australia where they will have to play with seamers instead of the slow bowlers not to forget the fact that saeed ajmal was just an normal bowler in australian conditions. the reliance since last one year has completely been on the likes of hafeez...afridi and ajmal and they did their job in conditions supporting them but that wud hardly be the case in australia......so PCB plz wake up and plan ahead of time......and about misbah sigh!!!!!! i wish some sanity be bestowed upon our beloved PCB :(

Posted by pak94fan on (March 12, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

I laughed when I read this headline because I expected the comments to be very similar to what they are... Personally I reckon he is doing an OK job (Referring to limited over Cricket here, we know he is brilliant is Tests) and should stay. As for the danger of the ban, I think it's ridiculous when the margin is so tiny i.e two overs. 5 or more I would understand, but 2 overs makes a difference of what, 7-8 mins, 10 at the most.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

well i disagree with you samad bro......he didn't deserve to be our caption even he didin't deserve to be in the odi and t20....he perfectly fit to test.......while for odi and t20 we have more option.......almost they are at the age of retirement they should retire asap specially Younus khan, Afridi, Malik, Mishab.......we need to find some new player like azhar ali, asad shafiq, umar akmal well he is not inform hope he will and use his talent in cool mind

Posted by yeh_cheezzz on (March 12, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

we don't want to lose Misbah... if he can win this asia cup everyone will want him to play until the worldcup but in the next series if pakistan loses against anyseries everyone will want him out again... come one guys the team is consist of 11 players not 1... its the team who lose the game not a single player... its teamwork

Posted by SaudAlvi on (March 12, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

The rule is stupid even if well intended.

Posted by TheRealRockNRolla on (March 12, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

Misbah has done for Pakistan cricket in Tests what another player may not be able to...his Test captaincy record is one for the record books and we continue to wish him well in that format representing and leading Pakistan....however, all these comments calling for Misbah's ouster are fair due to his T20, ODI performances...nobody is questioning what Misbah has accomplished in Test cricket and we want to keep him on that high pedestal BUT if he restricts himself to captaincy in Test cricket ONLY. Frankly with Misbah's recent failures in ODI and T20 and the manner in which they have occurred begs the question if he the reins be handed back to Shahid Afridi - the leader by default in shorter formats where Afridi's agility in leading is second to none. That is all these comment echo.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

@Asif Iqbal: Exactly what i would love to see man. Common bowlers, one more match and we will have Afridi against India. Plz plz plz have patience in your bowling against Sri Lanka. There is no need to hurry.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

Come one Guys leave him, He is a great leader without any doubt from last 1 year under his captaincy Pakistan beat Sri-lanka in all three format and clean sweep no 1 test team. Draw Test series against South Africa. Great Achievement for Pakistan. Every one start pray for Tendulkar Century if he achieved against Pakistan then Pakistan defiantly win match.

Posted by ausfor4 on (March 12, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

The picture says it all really, "Who cares". A one match ban is nothing really, especially when you have older players that could take the reigns for one game.

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (March 12, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

That looks like a good prospect because we will analyse how good Misbah is as captain while playing without him. Why don't we try this vs India match and see how the next captain play in pressure cooker match.

Misbah also need rest , he was saying he is home sick, why don't he go home now and rest and only play test cricket. He is boring.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

people we love Misbah only in test matches and thats where he should be............ anywhere else we want to get rid of him......... so a permanent ban would be good :)

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

hope our bowlers deliver slowly against sri lanka n then afridi can be captain against india

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

Really I don't understand why a group pf people are against Misbah's captaincy although he has won so many laurels for his country in a short period. I think these people have nothing to do with CRICKET. Good luck Captain Misbah

Posted by PakoP on (March 12, 2012, 15:06 GMT)

My Favorite Captain after Waseem Akram. He do not like to leave the job in the middle and try his 100% to get the job done.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

if pak bowlers slow their over rate then they will lose 20 percent of their fees and y do u want misbah to be banned! we should rather coach him to get faster!!

Posted by kam_uk on (March 12, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

What happens if Misbah is replaced as captain at a later stage this year and the team fail to complete the overs - does the new caotain get a ban or does the pending ban cease if Misbah is replaced.

Posted by PakoP on (March 12, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

BEST CAPTAIN we have see in PAK for a Decade. Solid Batsman and more over a Solid Captain.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

wow you guys really hate this man....

You guys do understand that our recent games WERE against England who are botth the #1 test team in the world and the defending t20 champs.....

Misbah led us pretty admirably imo and we require his stability moving forward. His place in the t20 squad is definitely debateable however he is a key reason for our success in recent one day and test formats..

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

Misba sh'd go away from captaincy forever.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

Really cant understand Pak fans, y they are so against MISBAH, yup his strike rate is slow, cost us many matches too, but under his captaincy Team has played well, apart from last series, so hang on guys, give him a break, it has his only first ODI series lost, if all other batting is going flop, wat he alone can do?

Posted by ABKhanISB on (March 12, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

I wish there was a way to ban Younis khan for life and get rid of that curse on Pakistani team

Posted by wnwn on (March 12, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

Blessing in disguise for Pakistan.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

bowler plz for pakistan sack , in next match plz slow your over rate so misbah will b not available for pak vs india match . may our dream comes true for next match and afridi take charge to take semi revenge

Posted by sirvivfan on (March 12, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

I would like to know how you take delays in account? Is there a prescribed method to claulcat ehtis or open to subjective judgement. The reason why i say is that i have seen some sides get away with, where there patently has been very slow over rate. The reason given is other delays?

Posted by the_wallster on (March 12, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

@ newporttiger - people pay money to watch a game of cricket, not to watch the ponderous musings of a captain.

Posted by shamlaatu on (March 12, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

That will be a blessing in disguise if a youngster like Asad Shafiq gets a chance to lead the squad under the tutelage of Afridi

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

We want to lose him ...

Posted by newporttiger on (March 12, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

Is it me or these rules sound ridiculous? I didn't like it either when Dhoni got banned.

Posted by pauliangenius on (March 12, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

if misbah is suspended. i will be very happy. with the board on his side, it seems the only way to get rid of him...

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

i hope misbah will go this way, only!! come on boon, be harder!!

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

Hope he gets ban .He is a menace to the Pak oneday team.LOL

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

next Pakistan line up should be . 1.Ahmed shahzad 2. nasir jamshed 3. m.hafeez 4. umar akmal 5.asad shafiq 6.afridi 7. hammad azam 8. sarfaraz 9. umar gul 10. saeed ajmal 11. aizaz .cheema because hammad gives all rounder support, and a.shahzad is familiar with bangladesh conditions with good form...

GET RID OF MISBAH THE OLD MAN

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

LOL THIS IS GOOD CHANCE FOR PAKISTAN TO GET RID OF HIM :)

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

PLEASE BAN HIM..... he is Pakistan weakest link ..... Hamad azam or ahmed shahzad should be in the team instead of him .... Misbah & Azhar should be kept in test....

Posted by applethief on (March 12, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

With Afridi, Hafeez and Ajmal tearing through their overs in this format, Misbah really must take the blame for the inexcusably slow over-rate. ODIs are not T20s, but they still need to maintain a decent flow, what with the 2 drinks breaks per innings, and the unnecessarily long innings break itself. On the positive side, a 1-match ban would force the selectors to show their hands, and actually think about an alternative captain in the shorter formats, and we can see how someone else would lead the side for a change.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

Ya Allah shukar hai. come on bowlers. just one more game and you are home :P

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