Pakistan v England 2012 February 27, 2012

The limit of Misbah's miracle

Sometimes it is hard to make sense of defeat. On the brink of rescuing some dignity from the limited-overs half of England's tour, Pakistan threw away any hope of redemption
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Sometimes it is hard to make sense of defeat. On the brink of rescuing some dignity from the limited-overs half of England's tour, Pakistan threw away any hope of redemption. England bowled and fielded with great heart to underline their determination to remain the pre-eminent side in T20 cricket. But that is no solace for Pakistan fans who are understandably convinced that their team had done enough to win in Abu Dhabi.

A perplexing outcome was made more painful by the familiar sight of Misbah-ul-Haq fluffing another run chase. He wasn't the only culpable player although he was the most visible. Misbah has worked wonders with Pakistan cricket, particularly in the Test arena. He has brought stability to a capsizing vessel. He has been lauded for a whitewash of England in the Test series but he now faces a battle to save his captaincy in one-day cricket.

Misbah has been upset by criticism of his leadership, questioning the media's agenda against him. Misbah's cautious methods have certainly polarised opinion, although that legitimate debate has barely hindered the deserved acclaim that he has received for his record in Test cricket. But it is in limited-overs cricket that Misbah often strikes the wrong chord, out of tune with the match situation, a virtuoso playing to the wrong beat.

Some sections of the media might have an agenda against Misbah but that is a captain's lot. Unfortunately, the evidence of these one-day performances hasn't left Misbah with much sympathy for his case, especially once he linked his defence with support for Shoaib Malik. Pakistan has a strong tradition in limited-overs cricket; the fans know what to expect and are not easily deceived. Indeed, much of Pakistan's recovery in one-day cricket, culminating in the World Cup semi-final in Mohali, was during Shahid Afridi's captaincy.

Leadership is important in cricket, and cricket's different formats require different leadership styles. As such, the Pakistan Cricket Board does face a genuine dilemma. Misbah is clearly the right captain for Pakistan's Test team but he doesn't seem capable of adapting to cricket's shorter formats. If the PCB is in any doubt about the captain or any of its players it should ask itself what Australia would do? It might be harsh on Misbah, and everything he has achieved, but the long-term development of the team must come first.

Is this the limit of Misbah's and Pakistan's miracle?

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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  • Islam on May 12, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Pls allow Shah zeb hassan and Tanveer ahmad in one day and 20 20 cricket. These are such a great player of Pakistan Cricket.

  • Afridi on April 6, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    ICC T20 WC 2012 Squad for Pakistan Imran Nazir Nasir Jamshed Mohamed Hafeez Kamran Akmal(WK) Umar Akmal Shoaib Malik (C) Shahid Afridi Hammad Azam Anwar Ali Umar Gul Saeed Ajmal

    Sub Mohamed Aamir (If he allowed to play) Abdur Razzaq Raza Hassan Ahmed Shezhad Aizaz Cheema

  • Sajjad Sarwar on April 3, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    Misbah should leave the captaincy of Pak in T-20 and ODI. Give some chance to youngster to show his talent. As Captain in test series, Misbah is very effective captain

  • Farhan Ahamd on March 30, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Yeah i agree with what Aftab Qureshi and a lot others but the problem is when board do this .. aging a battle is start in the team players ... its a long story that Pakistan cricket is having... without any solution .. politics is every where no patriotism ... every one see only his own benefit not team's or country benefit...

  • Aftab Qureshi on March 27, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    An appeal to Misbah: In the interest of pakistan cricket, please make it easy for the selectors and the Board and step down from the captaincy of ODI and T20 teams. Shahid Afridi, so long as he is contributing as a player, should assume leadership for the shorter versions of the game, with Hafeez "the Professor" deputizing him.

  • SN Qazii on March 27, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    The suggestion by Amir Iqbal is good . What should be kept in mind is that there should be no non performing players in any Team under any format . There are a lot of very talented players who are waiting for opportunity to perform for Pakistan . Non performers such as Imran Farhat , Shoaib Malik under all formats and Misbah in ODIs and T20s should not be persisted after two years of non performance .

  • Amir Iqbal on March 27, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    I also think that Awais Zia should be bought the ODI squad as he could be a ATTACKING OPENER and other side it could Hafeez as the more defensive approach and i am sure that will work and be better than nasir jamshed....look at india sehwag could be the attacking opener and tendulker the more defensice approach type opener.

  • Amir Iqbal on March 27, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    I think that pakistan should follow england in setting the captains for the side. basically one captain for each format, this way the pressure is divided on each captain and they are able to focus on their own performance and also make their team perform even better because this way they will be worries about the stats and will always try keep a winning streak going. I would say:

    TEST: MISBAH UL HAQ ODI: PROFESSOR MOHAMMED HAFEEZ T20: SHAHID AFRIDI

    THIS WAY THE PRESSURE IS DIVIDED BETWEEN CAPTAINS AND THEY WOULD ALWAYS PERFORM WITH MORE RESPONSIBILTY

  • Waqas on March 22, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    can any body confirm me how much referrals a team have in one innings during One Day International. ?? please give me proper reference. ( to my knowledge its one per side a innings)

  • Fair Dinkum on March 22, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Message for Mr. Whatmore : Recommendation is that there are too many Senior Players in the Pakistan Team who have been Non Performers for a long time . Take the case of Younus and Misbah they have not performed at better than one innings in six , specially in ODIs , since the last two years . The Pakistan Team needs to be re built f it has to improve in time for the next World Cup . The first focus for rebuilding the Team is that the averages for the last 15 innings as batsmen , bowlers need to be focused at to highlight the continuing decline in performance of senior players who need to be weeded out . There is good available talent which needs to be focused on and given the opportunity to so that they can prove themselves and the Team is rebuilt . The recent few successes of Pakistan are not because of the Captain Misbah but in spite of him .

  • Islam on May 12, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Pls allow Shah zeb hassan and Tanveer ahmad in one day and 20 20 cricket. These are such a great player of Pakistan Cricket.

  • Afridi on April 6, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    ICC T20 WC 2012 Squad for Pakistan Imran Nazir Nasir Jamshed Mohamed Hafeez Kamran Akmal(WK) Umar Akmal Shoaib Malik (C) Shahid Afridi Hammad Azam Anwar Ali Umar Gul Saeed Ajmal

    Sub Mohamed Aamir (If he allowed to play) Abdur Razzaq Raza Hassan Ahmed Shezhad Aizaz Cheema

  • Sajjad Sarwar on April 3, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    Misbah should leave the captaincy of Pak in T-20 and ODI. Give some chance to youngster to show his talent. As Captain in test series, Misbah is very effective captain

  • Farhan Ahamd on March 30, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Yeah i agree with what Aftab Qureshi and a lot others but the problem is when board do this .. aging a battle is start in the team players ... its a long story that Pakistan cricket is having... without any solution .. politics is every where no patriotism ... every one see only his own benefit not team's or country benefit...

  • Aftab Qureshi on March 27, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    An appeal to Misbah: In the interest of pakistan cricket, please make it easy for the selectors and the Board and step down from the captaincy of ODI and T20 teams. Shahid Afridi, so long as he is contributing as a player, should assume leadership for the shorter versions of the game, with Hafeez "the Professor" deputizing him.

  • SN Qazii on March 27, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    The suggestion by Amir Iqbal is good . What should be kept in mind is that there should be no non performing players in any Team under any format . There are a lot of very talented players who are waiting for opportunity to perform for Pakistan . Non performers such as Imran Farhat , Shoaib Malik under all formats and Misbah in ODIs and T20s should not be persisted after two years of non performance .

  • Amir Iqbal on March 27, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    I also think that Awais Zia should be bought the ODI squad as he could be a ATTACKING OPENER and other side it could Hafeez as the more defensive approach and i am sure that will work and be better than nasir jamshed....look at india sehwag could be the attacking opener and tendulker the more defensice approach type opener.

  • Amir Iqbal on March 27, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    I think that pakistan should follow england in setting the captains for the side. basically one captain for each format, this way the pressure is divided on each captain and they are able to focus on their own performance and also make their team perform even better because this way they will be worries about the stats and will always try keep a winning streak going. I would say:

    TEST: MISBAH UL HAQ ODI: PROFESSOR MOHAMMED HAFEEZ T20: SHAHID AFRIDI

    THIS WAY THE PRESSURE IS DIVIDED BETWEEN CAPTAINS AND THEY WOULD ALWAYS PERFORM WITH MORE RESPONSIBILTY

  • Waqas on March 22, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    can any body confirm me how much referrals a team have in one innings during One Day International. ?? please give me proper reference. ( to my knowledge its one per side a innings)

  • Fair Dinkum on March 22, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Message for Mr. Whatmore : Recommendation is that there are too many Senior Players in the Pakistan Team who have been Non Performers for a long time . Take the case of Younus and Misbah they have not performed at better than one innings in six , specially in ODIs , since the last two years . The Pakistan Team needs to be re built f it has to improve in time for the next World Cup . The first focus for rebuilding the Team is that the averages for the last 15 innings as batsmen , bowlers need to be focused at to highlight the continuing decline in performance of senior players who need to be weeded out . There is good available talent which needs to be focused on and given the opportunity to so that they can prove themselves and the Team is rebuilt . The recent few successes of Pakistan are not because of the Captain Misbah but in spite of him .

  • SN Qazi on March 22, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Pakistan has a tough game ahead of it today . Bangla Desh is a vastly improved side oozing with confidence and the whole side clicking as a Team . Pakistan as a Team has its Captain to justify his inclusion in the Team as a Batsman , specially for ODIs and T 20s . I can hope for this all important he will perform . Younus performed against India . However , his performance in ODIs has not been good at all in 2011 and 2012 . Same is the case with Afridi . He has been a non performer as a Batsman for some time now also . All these three Senior Players have to perform in this crunch match . if they do so , well and good . However , if they don,t God help us . Our Bowlers cannot be expected to perform alone all the time .

  • Asif on March 22, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Poor captaincy by mizbah is the main reason for the defeat against india.In the wc semi final pak came back after that exploding start by india because of the fighting captain afridi who restricted india to 260.The only mistake of afridi was he did not bat higher up the order and delayed the power play.Pak also dropped 5 catches in that match.But this time mizbah simply failed to put pressure on indians.He brought ajmal very late.He removed hafeez after he took a wicket in his first over.He gave 4 overs to wahab.Afridi,ajmal & hafeez did not finish their quota of ten overs.Mizbah is ok for tests but for onedays & t 20 u need a dynamic & proactive leader like afridi.Under afridi's captaincy pak never gave up & atleast fought till the end.Almost all the matches under afridi were nail biting finishes & pak were never humiliated like the 4-0 drubbing @ the hands of england & the thrashing by kohli.I think afridi should lead pak again.

  • asad on March 21, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Agreed on SN Qazi on mistakes #1 and #4 (but not others) and want to add why Ajmal was not continued when Tandulkar was got out. If I remember correctly, he was replaced by Hafeez when the threat was Ajmal.

  • Zahid on March 20, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Misbah just wait for miracles to happen in cricket. Waiting for something to happen can work in test match, but in one day game you cannot wait. If you miss the opportunity in ODI you loose.

  • SN Qazi on March 20, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    In the match against India , Misbah blundered more than a bit , firstly in selecting Riaz when he has not performed as a bowler since the World Cup semi final and secondly in giving him four overs at 12.50 runs per over when he was wayward from the first ball he bowled . The second mistake was continuing with Cheema and Riaz when Gul , Ajmal and Hafeez had not bowled their full quota . Why he changed Hafeez when he had taken a wicket in the first over of the match is a big mystery. His third mistake was including Akmal as a wicket keeper when he has demonstrated time and again he is a disaster at wicket keeping .Fourth mistake was instead of aiming at getting Indian wickets his attempt was to defend the Pakistan total with defensive field setting . Lastly , he demonstrated once again his inclusion in the Team is not justified on the basis of his calibre as a Batsman . Once again he failed to achieve better than one run per ball .

  • the_final on March 19, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    Rehman -- I think Pakistan should play with Rehman in the final in place of Cheema (or Riaz) and secondly - Misbah must have attacking to take wickets. I am confident that Rehman will make a positive impact.

  • Dravid on March 18, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    ur absolutely right b,gbk

  • khalil on March 18, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    Iqbal Qasim should prepare a list of fast bowlers,who are eligible to represent pak at the national level. Give them chance in the ODI,s to gain confidence. T20 can shatter the confidence of a good bowler if playing for the 1st time.An all rounder with sheer pace will be a blessing but if not available develope the likes of Hammad or better than him.Presently nobody can be sure of his place in the side except Gul but he too is unsure of his place if he doesn,t perform. Our captain is too slow bowler oriented that he may decide to go with an all spin attack.This will be detrimental for fast bowling in our country if he decides so because of non availability of quality fast bowlers. Think over it.

  • Hussain on March 17, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    The much talked future of Pak cricket. Azhar & Shafique have a very much rectifiable problem. It,s good for a beginner like Azhar to have short term goals ,who has performed so consistently but runs out of steam after achieving his 50. He should move from good to better & start converting his fifties into long innings.Shafique on the other hand,starts brightly but falters after reaching his fifty by continuing in the same aggressive mode.He should tone down his aggression after reaching his half century to convert it into a long inning. I hope Dave will work out their shortcomings in an effective manner.

  • Hus on March 17, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Tenis,cricket,films & coaching. Mohsin should get qualified by doing a coaching course. He can get a coaching job anywhere if he is interested in it & doesn,t intend to turning to any other field.

  • BigD on March 13, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    Replace Cheema with Riaz and Shafiq/Akmal with Azam in rest of the games. This will boost the bowling attack which is what we needed in order to beat SL and India. The goal is to get the opposition bowled out.

    Cheema, Shafiq and Akmal -- when was the last time they played a match wining role? Why they are in the team?

  • Fair Dickum on March 13, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    There is hope for Pakistan . The latest news is that Misbah could get a one match suspension for the slow overs rate in the match against Bangla Desh . If that happens ,( and I do hope it does ) his replacement selected would at least ensure a run rate better than a run a ball which Misbah continues to be challenged to achieve .

  • Asif on March 13, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Pak made a big mistake by not including imran nazir & shehzad in the team.Also they should play wahab riaz instead of cheema.Wahab riaz is very aggressive & quicker than cheema plus he bats also.I don't know why mizbah sent shafiq & himself to bat in the power play.He could have sent afridi b4 shafiq & himself.With the new power play rules afridi should bat @ # 5 or # 6.There is no point in shafiq & mizbah batting in the power play overs.The future one day & T-20 team after the asia cup should be Imran nazir,Hafeez,Ahmed shehzad,omar akmal,nasir jamsheed,Afridi(captain),Kamran akmal,rana naveed/Abdul razzaq,omar gul wahab riaz & saeed ajmal.The team for the tests-Taufiq omar,Hafeez,Younis khan,azhar ali,mizbah(captain),asaf shafiq,adnan akmal,wahab riaz,omar gul,saeed ajmal & abdul rahman.

  • kamran j on March 12, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    Pakistan ODI team, batting, bowling and scheme is very predictable. Azam and Riaz should be IN against Srilanka and India. We need to keep Umar Akmal and Asad Shafiq at the top of the order. Captain has to change batting order according to the situation. Need to have more aggression and attack rather then try CONTAINING the opponent. We should be able to finish matches early especially against teams like Bangladesh. Attacking and taking wickets is the only way to beat India and Srilanka.

  • TARIAQ Majeed dangerPORA pulwama kashmir on March 12, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    kashmir choice afraid is captain for odi&t20 no interest with out afraid misba old man in odi&t20

  • SN Qazi on March 12, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Pakistan survived getting defeated in the opening Asia Cup match thanks to good batting by openers and exceptional batting and bowling in the end by Gul . Misbah after the match said : " It was tough. We should have got 300 . Again we just messed it up . The guys are not learning from their mistakes . The bowlers are winning the games for the last year and half . " Interesting . The question we have for Misbah is : What about your performance as a batsman ? You have not performed at all in the last two years in ODIs and T 20s . Once again in this match in batting power play you scored 8 in 13 deliveries - all singles !!! You , as a senior batsman was expected to lead from the front . The performance of the second senior batsman Younus is similar . Snails paced batting with pressure being put on the latter batman . Pakistan needs to retire the Oldies and build up the Team from amongst the ample talent waiting which is not given a chance .

  • Happy_ausbang on March 12, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    With so many players in the fringes it just makes sense to try and enlarge the pool of players. If the same players keep playing all the formats then many others who may have the ability will be missing out. I don't subsribe to the view that Misbah is playing for his average, or he is suddenly not a good captain for ODI or T20. I think it is more to do with his place in the ODI and T20 team, particularly for the latter. I also believe they should not bring back Afridi as the captain. Afridi's place in the team should be only as a bowler. However, they may think about him as captain for T20 with the rest of the team being made up from the A team.

  • asad on March 12, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    Pakistan survived in the opening game against BD in the Asia Cup. They must bring a combination of Riaz/Rehman and Azam. These 3 individual not only deserved to be in the team but also can change the game in favor of Pakistan. In addition, they will strength the bowling which is the ONLY way for Pakistan to beat SL/India. At the moment, bowling is weak and there is no variety (your left handed bowlers are sitting on the bench).

  • Showket on March 10, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    Simply Misbah shold step down from T20

  • Arshad Hussain Magray on March 10, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    Misbah is a test batsman and he is not fit for oneday and t20 format. He is not a good finisher and he lacks aggression as leader.

  • Asif on March 7, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Mr.Fazal is absolutely right.Mizbah is a good captain for test cricket but in short formats afridi is the best choice.Mr.Zaka ashraf should appoint afridi captain on a long term basis even if pak wins the asia cup.Also no one doubted afridi's leadership qualities including waqar younis until his sudden sacking for non cricketing reasons.

  • SN Qazi on March 7, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    For the Asia Cup the Trump Card for both India and Sri Lanka for their victories against Pakistan will be Misbah playing for the Pakistan Team . He is simply incapable of scoring ( even in power play sessions ) better than at a snails pace . If Pakistan can hold its nerve it should , however , be able to win against Bangla Desh .

  • Fazal Aziz Wali on March 6, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    THE ONLY CHOICE FOR ODI'S AND T20 IS bOOm bOOm AND PCB SHOULD RETAIN HIM AS LONG HEZ PLAYING BUT SHOULD APPOINT A FUTURE CAPTAIN AS HIS VICE CAPTAIN SO THAT bOOm bOOm AGGRESSIVENESS IS RETAINED WITH PAK TEAM IN FUTURE. LOOK AT AFRIDI RECORD BEFORE WORLD CUP AND DURING THE WORLD CUP 2011...

  • Khalil on March 6, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    We definitely need 2 different teams for tests & the shorter format of the game. It will be too late to do it around the WC. Channelise avalaible talent & everybody will be able to play for the national team. Shahzad & shahzaib should have been atleast in the T20 team. Same is true for Sami & Imran Nazir on the basis of their performance in BPL. Even in test matches we need 1 or 2 aggressive players to turn the match on their head when needed. For tests we can groom a fast bowling all rounder for the purpose. We cannot play a team of spinners only.

  • Shoaib Khaliq on March 5, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    I totally agree that Misbah as captain and as player did not perform well against england in one days and in T/20,but one should see his performances not only in both formats but also in test cricket as well, specially for the last one and half year or so.I believe now we should leave this childish habit of punishing someone of not performing once.Moreover if we are not having players like Misbah and Younas in our team,the paki team might not be able to play complete overs in one dayers or even in T/20.what other choices we are left to captain pakistani team.Is it Shahid Afridi, umer akmal,or Muhammad Hafeez.All are v bad choices specially Shahid Afridi,who is so unpredictable and non serious even after playing more than 350 match.

  • Fair Dickum on March 5, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    One thing which does not register with the PCB is that Pakistan's success in the Tests against England was entirely due to the bowling of Ajmal , Gul and Hafeez . The batsmen including Misbah did not poerform at all . Younus was an exception in one of the matches only otherwise his batting too was pathetic . In ODIs and T 20s Misbah strongly contributed to the success of England with snail paced batting which also put pressure on the latter batsmen . The Team needs Abdul Razaq badly . He could make the required difference for Pakistan to at least come to the Final . Without him in the Team all we would achieve is that we will not be in the bottom . That place will comfortable be taken by Bangladesh .

  • Hus on March 5, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    BPL final.Looked like Brad Hodge vs Pak. Pakistani bowlers were every where. ENG is truly No.1 because they played the same bowlers with so much determination & ease in the shorter version of the game. Our bowlers again showed their inability against quality players as Hodge smacked them all over. Afridi was the biggest disappointment of the UAE series & Hafeez proved to be a mediocre. Someone should impress upon him that to become a quality all rounder,he has to perform against tough oppositions & not against ZIM or BAN.

  • Asif on March 5, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    @Asim,Just to let u know there was no mizbah when afridi led pak almost defeated england on their home soil,fought valiantly till the end in the last asia cup & T-20 world cup.Then with mizbah in the team they lost the wc semi final because of the 70 dot balls played by mizbah & younis.Now with mizbah leading they lost 7 consecutive matches because of the negative & defensive mindset of the captain.Instead of promoting afridi he went to bat to do a dhoni & failed miserably by playing too many dot balls.If pak wants to do good in shorter formats they have use afridi wisely & improve their batting strike rate & try to get at least singles rather than play dot balls.

  • kamran j on March 4, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    I agree Mr. Cheema. In Asia cup, Wahab Riaz should be given chance over Cheema. We need a second speacialst fast bowler. Wahab is young, left arm fast and has performed against top teams like India and England, Bowling line up Omar Gul Wahab RIaz Shahid Afridi Ajmal Hafeez Hammad Azam

  • HUS on March 4, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Misbah is too dependent on spinners. Spinners can give you victories but not always. He should develop a pace battery in tests to tackle fearful oppositions like AUS,& SA. We have heard that our next home series vs Aus will be on SA soil.I don,t know who,s idea is this ? Pak has always struggled on SA wickets & with an almost non existing pace attack,there is no chance at all to win matches against AUS in SA. AUS has beaten SA on their home ground many many times. So why heap up more humiliation on Pak in the presence of a weak batting line up ?

  • SN Qazi on March 4, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    The Pakistan Team selection for the Asia Cup appears to be seriously flawed . First of the big mistakes is to retain Misbah in the Team as Captain . Misbah has demonstrated to the fullest extent that he is not fit to qualify for the Pakistan Team for the ODIs and T 20s as a Batsman . A non performing player cannot lead the Team effectively . Secondly taking Sarfaraz as a wicket keeper is a good decision . However , at the same time announcing that this is a last chance to perform or else ..... Is very unfair and stupid message to have been given to him . This sort of a message is guaranteed to put any young player under pressure. Sami in the Bangladesh Desh is one of the top performers and his current form is very good . This is yet another mistake to ignore a top performing bowler . Lastly one of the best player Pakistan has produced for Odis and T 20s has been Abdul Razaq . Continuing to sideline him is the single biggest mistake of the Selection Committee .

  • hussain on March 4, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    The only difference between ENG & Pak was fielding. Morgan must have saved atleast 20 to 25 runs in every match.This was the reason he played all the matches in the shorter format series.

  • khalil on March 4, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Umar Akmal is just 21 & we are putting him under unnecessary pressure by attaching too much expectations with him. Look at our commentators,criticising our players by name. It is totally unwarranted to take their names during their comments.Learn something from ENG,they were white washed in tests in a worst manner but we haven,t heard any negative comments from their commentators. Almost all our commentators have been found guilty of targettting the players. Zaheer & Chisty should atleast sit at home & watch cricket rather than commmenting.

  • hus on March 4, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    We should realise the reality that Misbah is down the hill in limited overs cricket & make long term plan for WC. ENG has exposed his weaknesses against better sides.

  • Cheema on March 3, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    Pakistan squad for Asia Cup has been announced. As expected, Cheema stays and I am sure he will be in playing XI in all 3 games thanks to Misbah!. Can anyone tell me how Cheema is better (even batting) than these players?: 1. Rana 2. Riaz 3. Razzak My 1st choice is RANA bc of his form and experience. He simply specializes in limited overs games. He can swing the game. My second choice is RIAZ and 3rd choice is Razzak. In the current squad, (if I was given a choice) I would play with REHMAN (instead of CHEEMA) and have AZAM to open with Gul but we all know Misbah will NOT give one single over to AZAM. If he do that, how he will then justify CEEMA’s place? I tell you if CHEEMA plays then we have ZERO chance to beat SL and India.

    Please join me in urging management for NOT playing with CHEEMA. He is the weakest link!!!

  • Wajih on March 3, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    I think that Pakistan always lacks one thing and that is better and alternate game plans. Most of the time it seems that team is just drifting with the Time and situation and hoping that WE WILL SEE WHEN THE LAST BALL WILL BE DELIVERED. Fielding and Batting are the more vulnerable areas. Misbah's biggest mistake was the inclusion of Shoaib Malik from nowhere. I dont know where he performed (probably in Seletor's Dreams) but the Positives were the Inclusion of (Awais Zia, Hammad Azam and Azhar ali at onedown position in Onedays). Pakistan should look for some new captain like Hafeez or probably Asad Shafiq

  • Khanvict on March 3, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    misbah ul haq has lost big games and he has played with 17 crore pakistani cricket lover feelings by loosing those important matches by his own mistake i give respect to younis khan and how he said T20 is fast game and i wanna give my place to youngsters because he knows they can perform well... its about time misbah admits like man that he is not in to fast format and he is good for only test cricket.... In T20 missing 1 dot ball means you are drinking the whole over...

  • Vikram on March 3, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    Think there are some hasty judgments about Misbah. Maybe the team can decide an approach he should adopt. He'll surely go by it. He's more dangerous than a Shahid Afridi. Misbah holds on, makes the bowlers nervous. And then goes for it. If you guys want acceleration early, have a team meeting.

    Too much blame is going to Misbah saying he misfired both in the 2007 T20 final and the 2011 semi final. Hey, he gave you guys a chance. Kept the opposition guessing. He's like a Dhoni.

  • Sohail Akbar on March 2, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    In my opinion Misbah is best choice for test and one day but not for T20 coz he is perfect batsman and a gentleman. We are already facing the batting issue and our team completes the 50 overs v hardly in one day. I am very much impressed by Hammad v v nice batsman. T20 is just like a stage drama just fun and entertainment please concentrate on One day and test. Our fielding is very poor.

  • kal on March 2, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    First of all I would like to say that Misbah is by no means is a "vitruoso". A very average cricketer with a very averge record. Even in the tests, I questions his ability without the likes of bowlers like Ajmal at his disposal, to show an concrete results. Can't the PCB and people see that. The guy should be having a tough time qualifying as a regular batsman, let alone leading the team. How many more times, would you let this below average cricketer ruin another victory. I will never forgive Misbhah for costing us the T20 final against India, then the cowardly performance against India in the semi last year. C'mon people, he needs to go and we all know it. There you go, I said it!!

  • Syed Nasser on March 2, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Misbah is blamming his batting line up for recent defeat against england but he is more responsible than anyone else.. bcoz of his defensive approach and blocking deliveries at his end puts pressure on other batsmen.. bcoz of him we lost t20 final in 2007, then wc semi final in 2011, and then recent t20 series against england.. he should be sacked from one dayers and t20's...

  • aftab from VB on March 2, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    I wish the title of your next blog is "Go Pak Go". There is only one thing I wish more than that - Misbah is the captain of the beleaguered Cricketing nation.

  • Ghinva Raza on March 2, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    soo Truee!! infact Bull's Eye!! Mr.Abbasi these are the words youve conveyed on behalf of millions of Cricket Lovers! no doubt Misbah have acheived alot,but we definitely need to replace him in ODI'S & T20'S,.we never have accepted the fact of removing Afridi! n now we demand to undo the wrong! We Want AFRIDI BACK!!!

  • Tony on March 2, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    I feel Misbach should not even be included in odi and T20. He is not cut out for this kind of cricket games. I found him as a captain to say the least very poor not proactive.

  • Abdul samee on March 2, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    I think Misbah's time is over!! He had chances in 2007,2011 and again 2012 but he could not deliver. Zaka Ashraf should break the ice and provide chances on merit bases to all Pakistani young cricketers. Mashallah, Pakistan is full of talent if i talk about karachi only, Naveed Latif, Khuram Manzor, Ramiz Raja Jnr, Shazaib Hasan and many more are waiting for their turn but because we have purchi system and punjab loby so no karachi players can enter in National team. Akmal brothers can play but Sarfaraz Ahmed will be in for only one series.

  • kamran j on March 2, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    I agree strategizing innings in OneDay is very different then in Test matches. In test there are three sessions verses opening/closing innings and power plays in oneday cricket. Calculated risk needs to be taken in onedays. Opening with Shahid Afridi if BATTING FIRST is a good option to have for flying start. Then, in the middle of the innings singles are very important to get above 250(is required to win one days).

    This could be a good oneday team for Asia cup

    Hafeez (All rounder) Shahid Afridi(if batting first, Allrounder) Umar Akmal (One down,Best talent,wicketKeeper could be like Adam Gilchrist) Azhar Ali Yonius Misbah(Captain) Asad Shafiq Hammad Azam(Allrounder, talented and confidence can see future in him) Umar Gul Sohail Tanvir/Wahab Riaz/Junaid Ajmal

  • Istiaque on March 1, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    I think its time to call Imran Nazir back in the squad. He already done well in the Bangladesh Premiere League. And more importantly Umar Akmal might be the best candidate for one day and t20 captain.

  • Sheheryar Khan on March 1, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Yes Pak messed up the ODI & T20I series due to bad planning and wrong team combinations. The team just couldn't find the right balance and the batting continued to let us down. About Misbah's captaincy. I agree that he might not be the ideal limited overs captain.... but he is all we have for now. He deserves credit for pulling Pak Cricket out of the toilet. PCB now needs to plan for the future. Without doubt Misbah must remain the Test and ODI captain and a vice-captain should be groomed under him to take over the reins gradually. This vice-captain could be the captain of the T20I team for starters. Players who have repeatedly failed and only perform in 1/10 innings MUST be shown the door. This is the time to also focus on building a balanced team for the next World Cup and beyond. It's the time to blood youngsters while some seniors are still around to guide them. Maximum experimentation can be done in the T20I format while gradually elevating deserving players to the ODI & Test team

  • Asim on March 1, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    I totally agree with S Mahmood. What has Afridi done in this series to prove that he deserves a spot in starting XI? He has failed terribly with bat and bowl. Now all this talk about making him a captain. Second choice that people bring up is Hafeez. Hafeez is a failure with the bat himself. I can't remember the last time he played an impressive innings against a top side. All the other batsmen got out playing wrong shots. So, Misbah is a safer batsman who didn't just heave his bat mindlessly at the ball until the last ball. Maybe he should resign and let the cricket fans find out how long this Pakistan team can survive in world cricket. If it weren't for him, the current Pakistan team wouldn't even last the full 20 overs in t20s, and be done within 30 overs in ODIs.

  • kashif on March 1, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    hi As a Pakistani I know that How serious we take this Game Which is called cricket. In My point of view we lost the Last T20 just Because of Misbah bad tactics and Stupid Batting order.he lost in mind before the start of the match. if You see Samit Patel Given only 18 runs and graeme sawann gave just 20 runs. Anyone who have any idea about cricket knows that as a team we should attack the weak bowlers but what Misbah did he just wasted the balls and create pressure on himself.Umar akmal was clearly looking worried about the sonsequences of getting out if he tries to hit the ball before geting 20 runs which is realy bad. I think he should atleast Accept that he is the culprit and should ask for Pardon if dont want to leave the captaincy. Really it was heart breaking to see our team lossing after bowing so well. Please think and give some respect Nation's Emotions. Thanks

  • shakir on March 1, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    misbah might have good average but he gets 2 or 3 players out (due to poor strike rate) and finally himself gets out when it matters the most. another problem with all of the pakisdtani batsmen is that they can't pace their innings. picking up the scoring rate when batsmen crossed 30-40 is compulsury to achieve good score. more over 50-60 in one day may do some good to man himslef but not form team specially when scored at 50-60 strike rate.

  • Irfan on March 1, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Those of you who are looking at Asad or Azhar should know the mentality of Pak players. Until there is a senior player in their midst they can never jell well. Poor performance and possibly annihilation of some budding careers will be the logical outcome. Unless you do an operation clean up of top six slots put new faces in and then put Asad or Azhar in charge will be fine. Not Hafeez as he can't even justify his own spot in the team. Please don't think of Umar Akmal also as knowing him it will start an Akmal dynasty pretty much immediately. In the past three or four years the only player who has performed with some kind of consistency and has justified his spot is Umar Gul. He is a senior, our ace bowler, I think he is on good terms with the rest of the seniors and juniors. Why not him? He has played enough cricket to know the game well. Either Asad or Azhar should deputize him to be groomed and when they have played enough cricket they could be the next captain.

  • Irfan on March 1, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Jokes and pettiness aside, who can wear the short format crown after Misbah. Observing the timing of the steps taken by Chairman PCB, I am quite certain that Misbah will lead right up until Asia cup. Change/s if any will come post event. I can go so far as to predict that Pakistan will do badly in this tournament. Geof Lawson was a big Misbah fan, he has even advised Dave Whatmore to rely on Misbah's advice! Where as Dave would like somebody knowledgeable to rely on he wouldn't favor too many changes at that level. So who will it be? Afridi shouldn't and am sure wouldn't accept this responsibility as he is hardly the material. The guy started chewing on the ball under stress which became joke of the year. Unfortunately, we are not south Africa, that a young player could be made captain and all the seniors will agree to play under his charge. It has been tried and failed in Pakistan, examples of Wasim and Waqar and there. Cont'd

  • Raja Z Haider on March 1, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Unfortunately the selectors have forgotten Misbahs WC2011 innings otherwise they would have never given him a chance to lead our team in ODIs and T20s. He is a Good captain of test side but he shouldn’t be in playing 11 of ODI or T20 side. Its time to make separate teams for all three versions and three captains for three versions is not a bad idea. T20 specialist like Imran Nazir should be brought back to team. Ahmad Shazad is the most suitable choice to open for Pakistan in One dayers. In fact Pakistan should prepare him to lead ODI side from now.

  • king khan on March 1, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    send afridi opner plz he is not a fibisher of the game he can give u a gud start like warner or sehwag...and imran nazur should play a t 20 side and rana naveed.....

  • Taimur Khan on March 1, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Teams: Test: 1. Azhar Ali (Kamran Akmal for one day & t20) 2. Shahid Afridi 3. Asad Shafique 4. Umer Akmal 5. Younis Khan (Imran Nazir at the top for T20) 6. Misbah Ul Haq 7. Sarfaraz Ahmad (Hammad Azam for one day & T20) 8. Muhammad Sami 9. Abdul Rehman 10. Umer Gul 11. Saeed Ajmal

    We need an out and out fast bowler like Sami. Cheema & Junaid can be reserves in case Gul or Sami are misfiring or unfit. We need Afridi at the top of the order and bowling in tests. He is a much better option than Hafeez who is no better than a bully for Bdesh, Zimbabwe & NZ but short of class against better sides. Same with Taufiq. Imran Nazir can be an option for one day & T20 as well. Above all, we need to work on the rehabilitation of Amir and work with the retired quicks to produce more quality Fast men who are actually fast.

  • Mehboob Khan on March 1, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    Misbah must be dropped on ODI & Twenty Twenty squad. He is not able to play in ODI & Twenty Twenty. Now only choice as a Captain is Shahid Afridi. They play our emotions. We see every match and our time spent on match but they play himself not country.

  • TD_160 on March 1, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    'Misbah's miracle' was the result of the core group of Pak players (Afridi, Younis, Misbah, Ajmal) all having a purple patch in their careers at around the same time. In the long run, teams with only a handful of top class players always gets found out. Pak over-achieved in beating SL 4-1 in the December ODI series. Now they are 4-5 against top oppostition in ODIs under Misbah. Don't be surprised if they get smashed in their next Test series as well. That being said, the Pak people deserve all the luck and joy they get, so I hope I'm wrong.

  • zauq on March 1, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    just a stroke away on the last ball and Pakistan not only lost the match but the series. Had that been hit for six pakistan would have wond the t20 series. If misbah failed so did the others. just 130 runs and we lost 6 wickets. It was not just Misbah's fault. Even then I think Misabh should atleast shun t20

  • jehanzeb in support of afridi on March 1, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    who ever talking against afridi here in my opinion is the biggest stupid of this world he is a world class all rounder he has won so many matches for pakistan single handedly in last few years and being performing consistantly by winning man of the matches and man of the series before world cup and then in world cup and after wards afridi is totally changed he is true game changer now but i think misbah dosent want afridi success thats why he dosent let him to go up the order he keep him to no 8 and send him always in situations where it seems pakistan are going to loss that match same he did in series against england keep him down the order.As a captain afridi performance is very good he leads from the front as u saw in world cup in semi final no body ws prepare to take the catch of tendulkar a part from captain and it ws misbah who able pakistan to loose that match with his pathatic batting bcs he dosent wanted afridi get success. Thats all i have to say

  • cricalli on March 1, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    Most believe that Pak batting is relatively weak compared to the top teams; yet many expect them to beat the # 1 Team In the world all the time. Is’nt this unfair? While I would admit that both of them have room for improvement; this can only happen over time with introspection &Training. Misbah’s success record is much better than any other over the last decade-check the record. Who has a better record? You cannot develop your country’s cricket with pride & dignity without developing Home Grown Coaches; which cannot be done by constantly hiring foreign coaches to fix the problem at the top. Coach/Captain did not develop the greatest spin bowling attack in the world, it was cultivated at all levels of Pak cricket, but then so was poor fielding & batting. Fix your batting & fielding at the National Level first; only then you can crucify your International captain & coach for losing. Hire an International Coach as a Guide/Consultant/Trainer to Train Local Coaches at all levels.

  • Asad on March 1, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    There is a problem, see. If a stable system is in place then having multiple captains makes sense. However in our case, I don't think currently we can afford to have multiple captains in the same dressing room. Multiple leaders, yes, but not multiple captains. And certainly not for ODIs and Test. Misbah has to adapt or take a secondary role while still being captain so that the likes of Afridis have a greater say in the ODIs. I dont think it makes sense to have two different captains for ODI and Test. T20 is a different matter. The purpose of the game is to be all out aggressive and making it anything else is wrong. For T20, I think Afridi should be captain. But Test and ODIs should have one captain.

  • qislam on February 29, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    Here comes the captaincy drama again. Senario:

    Misbah and Mohsin messed up in team selection, they are responsible. Batting order not right, Misbah's fault.

    Afridi and Umar Akaml both failed, suspicious matter, underperformed intentionally? A section want to put Afridi in Captaincy- Misbah hits out, now open secret.

    What alternative PCB has? No third player to assume captaincy. So, T20 goes to Afridi and Test and ODI to Misbah. Best solution, Let them compete to improve. Young players should replace the old ones.

    Both Misbah and Afridi to loose captaincy in 2 years. Virot Kholi, India's Vice captain at 22-23.

  • Auditor on February 29, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    TEAM FOR ASIA CUP

    1- M. HAFEEZ 2- SHAHZAIB HASSAN (Nasir Jamshad is in jail in Bamgladesh for allegations of spot fixing) 3- ASAD SHAFIQ (Vice Captain, groom him under Afridi) 4- YOUUS KHAN (Team needs his class and experince and he is still good enough for ODI) 5- UMER AKMAL 6- SHAHID AFRIDI (Captain) 7- HAMMAD AZAM 8- SARFRAZ AHMED (Wicket keeper) 9- MUHAMMAD SAMI (Based on his constant excellent performances in domestic level and now in BPL, and he is at present the fastest bowler in Pakistan) 10-UMER GUL 11- SAEED AJMAL

    T20 TEAM......Replace Younus with Imran Nazir and bring Shahzaib at # 3 with Imran opener with Hafeez, Replace Sarfraz with Muhammad Talha (fast bowler) and make Umer Akmal the wicket keeper.

  • Auditor on February 29, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    I agreed with Faraz, by no means Hafeez is capataincy material. It is crystal clear to any sensible person who understand cricket even little bit that Afridi is a tailor made choice for Pakistan's ODI and T20 teams.And he has already proven this fact in recent past before he was forced to fortify his captaincy due to Waqar Younis political agenda.Afridi is best all rounder in the world in the limited over version game and he has proven that he has all the igredients needed for a good captain for limited version game.He is a fighter,he is positive minded captain and takes other players working with him nicely.That is what needed in ODI and T20.Hafeez is by no means in any comparesion with Afridi and lately he is so much concentrating on his bowling that his batting has taken a down hill course,he needs to understand that he is in team as an opener batsman not as a bowler. In Asia cup and upcoming T20 world Afridi should be the captain. I would suggest following for the team,next post.

  • Salma on February 29, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    Lets include 4-5 new boys in the team for Asia cup and we dont mind if they lose. Lets include Usman Sallahuddin, Naved yasin, Ramiz Raja2,Imran Nazir and Ahmad Shehzad in batting and Talha, Hassan Raza and Mohammad Irfan in bowling. We might find a couple of new heroes or at the worst we will lose as we just did. Let Hafiz, Asad Shafiq and Misbah take a rest and we say thankyou to Shoaib and Farhat.

  • Zobi on February 29, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    HOW IN THE H it works in Pakistan selection. Some players like Shoaib and many more are given a thousand chances to come out of the poor touch and at the same time Abdul Razzaq who is only 32 and not totally in bad patch is just left out of the formate, he is most suited to. Players like Misbah and Younes combined with now Asad Shafiq make the asking rates to climb so high that when Razzaq and Afridi arrive for a few overs they normally are left with, they have to slog it to have any chance of winning. And if they don't succeed then they are called failure. 8 out of ten time when Razzaq came out to bat, he either has on average 5 overs and an asking rate of 9 or if he comes in earlier then a lot of wickets are fallen in clusters and he has to bat in huge pressure.

  • imran on February 29, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Pakistan test team won the game simply because of Saeed Ajmal, Rheman and Umar GUL... top of everything spot fixing has improved the team bond and unpredicted performance..... captaincy and coaching was poor through out the series, don't know how to use bowlers, batsmen or field placing..... Pakistan can not win against top 5 ranked team regularly until match Winner performs..... match winners like Saeed, Afridi, Akmal, Rheman, Gul performs - unfortunately Pakistan batting is totally hopeless after Inzi and Yousuf left.... Hope Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq start playing big innings ..... Misbah is totally hopeless but can stay in test .... Yousuf should be a test captain, he is deserving candidate and world class player. ODI & T20 must be Afiridi as there no other choice. Also, develop another player for future captain.

  • MK on February 29, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    MSD can't captain in Test, MUH can't captain in ODIs. If only there was no partition of the subcontinent we would have solved all the problem plaguing our cricket......

  • OA on February 29, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    kamran for the very first time, in say a decade i saw a team playing under one captain in such harmony, in such a self belief and unity that was never seen before in ages. why blame misbah only?. Imran Khan once said 'a player who can lead a side in tests, has all the capabilities in the world to lead a side in the shorter formats aswell'. why critisize him? is it because he shows value for his wicket & does'nt throw it away like others, which includes hafeez and at times asad shafiq aswell? not to forget Afridi. is it because he wants to stay till the end and expects that other bigger better hitters would do their job when time demands of them? or is it because he is the captain and he has to take the blame no matter what?i mean i am left clueless at how people can change their opinion in a span of a series. there is a need of fine tuning, definitely. misbah did well as a captain, its just his mates never responded in crucial times. peace.

  • Rauf on February 29, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    What England needed in Test series was what Pakistan had i.e. excellent and disciplined spin bowling and sensible batting.

    What Pakistan needed in ODI's and T20's was what England had i.e. excellent and disciplined pace attack and powerful but sensible batting from Cook and Pietersen.

    Misbah is NOT suited for shorter format. Umar Akmal needs to learn to connect the bat with ball. Afridi needs to grow a brain. Gul needs to get mentally strong as a fast bowler. Why was Abdul Razzak left out of ODI and T20? If you can't chase down 129 in T20 on any surface, you need to go back to square one and learn how to play.

  • ATTA-UR-REHMAN USA on February 29, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Dr Abbasi, Iam sorry to see that you gave up that quickly on Misbah. I gave up on Pakistan cricket after England tour.It was Misbah and the same team which give all of us the hope.Pak is able to beat no.1 test team in test series.Broad himself said that the defeat of test series hurt more than these wins.now this media and fans blame Misbah for this defeats and surprisingly you too.Dont we see the difference in fielding and bowling between Pak and Eng.If Cook in 1st 3 odis and KP didnt play in last 2odis and 3t20s Eng couldnt won it.It is not captain faults if bowler dont out them. Misbah is already 37yrs old he will not be able to play next WC.But let him hang around as Captain in all format.He took Pak to this level with such limited resources.It is my appeal to Zaka Ashraf dont listen to media and keep going on with Misbah.dont compare yourself with AUS,talent they have is enormous.Somebody should tell Afridi it was him,who walked out from captainship.it was not Misbah whotook

  • fhs on February 29, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Questions for Misbah: 1) Making Wahab Riaz sit on the bench on entire series is so wrong and depressing. I feel sorry for him. He simply did not deserve this treatment. Misbah-Mohsin to answer. 2) Cheema – how he has been given preference over 2 left arm fast bowlers (Riaz and Khan) when his performance is ordinary (he was awarded to play 2 Tests - OMG) l! I still don’t know if he is inswing/outswing bowler. Is he too fast? Is he economical? Does he know reverse swing? What skills he has? 3) Why Junaid Kahn was NOT selected in 2nd (or 3rd T20) when he finished the game in the 1st T20? Being a leader, shouldn’t Misbah have encouraged Khan and had him played in the 2nd T20. 4) Ajmal-Rehamn is the proven winning formula and must have been deployed in every single possible game in ODI/T20 series. Just to keep Malik’s place in the team, Misbah sidelined Rehman and comprised the winning combination – hurt Pakistan. 5) Why Azam was not given a single over in all 3 T20s?

  • kumar on February 29, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    Hello Friends,

    I am from India. the article is so truth that it might pinch some PCB officials and Misbah... dont know why Shoaib, now? watched Ahmed Sehzad and some other Pakistani players who has talent. Misbah is totally a test player. plz, get him out of T20 and ODI......now a days even DHONI is following the same path....he starts too slow like Misbah.... dont know what to say abt Dhoni bcoz he has given us the world cup so no one can finger him but yes, get Afridi back to the team....some of u r saying that Misabh is a sensible player.... i wud say its an old style.... now u ned to be quick as well as sensible.... a lot of other players are example....check out virat kohli....check out Mahela jaywardhane... once he was a test player but now u check his records...awesome records he has... hope to see some changes in Pakistani as well as Indian team so that both team could rock the world :-)

  • zubair on February 29, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    I think we r unable to think rationally n not ready to give credit to opposition.If saeed Ajmal or Umar Gul bowl well n save the game, we praise them. But if Broad n Dernbach do the same, we blame our own batsmen.And in that too,we r unfair.What Umar Akmal, Afridi n Awais did? And had Misbah Hit the six what would we say?

  • Mohammad Merchant on February 29, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    I am against the changing captain.Afridi is very emotional player.He loose control in crisis.He will bring the culture of throwing away wickets.Misbah and Mohshin brought the sense in batsmen that if you stay at the wicket runs will comes automatically.Misbah is not slogger.He tried his best but the english bowlers bowled intelligently.Pakistani openers did nothing in ODI AND T20.Our fielding was worst. We have to look for wicket keeper batsman.The way Umar akmal and specially shahid Afridi throw their wicket is unacceptable.

    We should give chance to A.Razzak,Ahmed Shehzad,Nasher Jamshed and Kamran Akmal.Zulqarn Nain should be given a role of wicket keeper.M.Khalil,Gul and M.Talha should be given the role of fast bowlers.Left arm spiner job should be given to young Raza Hassan.Our batsmen should play every ball on merit.They should avoid playing cross batted and predetermined shots.Fast bowlers should use the crease,mixing slow ball,using bouncer and try to bowl outswingers

  • K BAIG on February 29, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    In final T20 Pakistan was very much in control until 18th over. Following cricket for over 40 years, I do not think Misbah's cautious approcah of getting singles / retaining wickets, was wrong. We saw what happened in 2nd T20 when Pak lost quick wickets early. So, credit has to be given to English bowlers, how well they read the pitch & designed their strategy to bowl negative unplayable balls at the death. At some point ICC would have to review rules for T20 about unreachable (Non-wide) balls on the off-side otherwise T20 would have no fire-works and become boring.

    Although Misbah's batting in ODIs & T20 has been slow but I believe, he has been forced to adapt to the situation, we know he is capable of big hitting. Considering what Pakistan cricket is going through Misbah's reoord as captain on all formats is admirable.

  • M. Nawaz Janjua on February 29, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Dear Kamran, I have already commented on your article. Well, everybody including myself has said that Misbah should only lead Test cricket. But, one thing you must note that in T20 except for one match, he has made runs with the average of Run a ball and we all are blaming him and not naming other batsmen who were not consistent in making runs. He may have made a few mistakes regarding Imran Farhat & Shoaib Malik but on the whole he was not bad enough to be excluded from the short form of the Pak cricket.

    I can bet if Misbah is not there the Pak team will be out within 30-40 overs in ODIs. There is no batsman except him who provides a stay on the pitch so that all the overs could be played. Just try this & see. Best Regards.

  • aizaz ali usmani on February 29, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    in my opinion the cause of one day & twenty loss is the inability of coach captain and batsmen to see the mach after loosing i can point out out one. the English fast bowlers were bowling many deliveries out side the off stamp just avoiding wide ball if you count number of dot balls many of the deliveries were of this type but nobody has taken action to counter this ball trough out the series

  • Deepak on February 29, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    I am from India but I have great admiration for Mr. Dependable i.e. Younis Khan, I believe he serves to be the best the best captain for all three versions of game.

  • Tipu on February 29, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Well i agree a little with both parts of the argument...Yes Misbah's batting has been dreadful, and Yes I do not think that Pakistan should go through Captains this fast. Pakistan is a very different team from England; which can have 3 captains, Pakistan needs the stability that a single leader brings and after a long time the team atleast seems united...But what worries me immensely is that Misbah has started to criticize media, while he is showing ABSOLUTELY no intent on the field. He doesnt even try!!! And im afraid this grim lack of conviction has spread throughout the team...

  • Ejaz on February 29, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    It's harsh with Misbah but we have to say that due to his approach of the game (apart from other matches) we have embraced 3 famous losses the current UAE decider 2012, WC Semi-final 2011, 2007 t20 WC final.

    @S Mahmood, are you saying that Leading wicket taker in WC is not a worthy player?. Are you talking about the player who won us the in last series in UAE against SL when Russel Arnold that "Now even prayers would not help". Give me a break, he is a brilliant bowler. The problem is when people judge him on his batting only.

  • Shahab Najmi on February 29, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Lets all give Misbah a break! We have been getting consistent results from him in T20, ODI and Tests. He does tend to miscalculate on the run chases (WC semifinal against India comes to mind) but when have Pakistan been good at that? The positive thing about the team of today is that when they lose they lose the games after a fight and not from the first over on-wards (which Pakistan teams of the past have been doing for a long time!).

    Let us give him a chance and not crucify him at the first opportunity we get since we can never build a stable unit with this attitude!

  • Mohammad on February 29, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Change in the captaincy for limited overs cricket is needed ,but we should not go back to Shahid Afridi ,He is simply unreliable. It is better to try some one as young as Afridi and who has a permanent place in the side. I would suggest Mohammad Hafiz. Misbah can stay on as a test captain.

  • Nasir Khan on February 29, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Hi,

    Misbah ,,Please recall IMRAN NAZIR,ABDUL RAZZAK into the team they are the real Match Winners.

    ODI Tema should look like: 1.Imran Nazir 2.Asad Shafiq 3.Younis Khan 4.Misbha-ul-haq Khan ( CAPTAIN) 5.Umer Akmal 6.Shahed Khan Afridi 7.Abdul Razzak 8.Umer Gul 9.Junaid Khan 10.Saeed Ajmal 11.Mohammed Aamir(If he allowed to Play)/wahab Riaz

    T20 Team should be likely:

    1.Imran Nazir 2.Asad Shafiq/Hammad Azam 3.Ahmed Shehzad 4.Misbha-ul-haq Khan (CAPTAIN) 5.Umer Akmal 6.Shahed Khan Afridi 7.Abdul Razzak 8.Umer Gul 9.Junaid Khan 10.Saeed Ajmal 11.Mohammed Aamir(If he allowed to Play)/wahab Riaz

    Please drop off 1.Hafeez 2.Malik

  • Adil Zargar on February 29, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    I can understand that some of you want Afridi out of the side but he is one of the best ODI & T20 players in international cricket at present, have a look at the ICC player rankings. He is one of the most difficult bowlers to score of in limited over cricket. His batting, when he scores, is a bonus. He has played few good innings over the last few months, although very few. He is a bowling all-rounder and an excellent fielder. Of all the players on the field he seems to have the most energy and his presence in the team has a psychological effect on any opposition.You cannot expect him to score 4s and 6s in every match. The top order must score. Pakistan has to sort out the top order.Gul has to be more consistent.

  • Kakasajid on February 29, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Though gone is gone but still we need to learn lessons from our mistakes in the past. Misbah made three mistakes in the 3rd T20 against England. Three things he should have done in that match (1) He shuld send Hamad Azam up in the order; (2) He should have shown an aggressive and attacking approach; (3) Match should not have been taken to the last over.IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN FINISHED in 18th over. What now? Misbah shloud quit t20 cricket, first and then One day cricket. But, we should laos appreciate his efforts and services towards Pakistan cricket.He has done a great job as a batsman and a captain since he has come back and joined the team in 2010. Well done, Misbah!We love you and respect you. But remember, there is always an end.. and your end in T20 and one day cricket has already come.take it and accept it though it is hard to accept. otherwise,look at the history and see what happened to those who do not take decisions at right time. Good Luck!Next captain Afridi T20 & Hafiz ODIs..

  • Imran Ahmed Khan on February 29, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    I totally disagree that Misbah be replaced as oneday and T/20 captain due these series loss. What can a captain do if the team is playing for some hidden motives rather for their country. Overall record of Misbah as captain in all the three formats speaks for himself. If we keep on repeating the mistakes of changing captains at the whims of some palyers, (who have very mediocre records of their own )etc. as the case of T/20 world cup winning captain, Younus Khan, the Pakistani Team cannot perform consistently and may even suffer off the field also as the recent past suggests.

  • mohammed arif on February 29, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    first of all try to clear the things from the root level: recently pakistan have always thrown matches which they should have won comfortably, right now they dont have finishers who can go till the end everybody comes n plays the strokes n thinks tht every ball is there to be hit, where r the maliks,inzamams etc gone - try to look n groom the existing ones - goodlcuk pakistan team

  • ZUHAIB on February 29, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    DEAR MISBAH , JUST THINK FOR PAKISTAN SO LEAVE ONEDAY AND T20 , JUST PLAY IN TEST BECAUSE U CANNOT TAKE PRESSURE , BUT U ASSUME THAT U CAN DO IT. I WILL GIVE U AN EXAMPLE ON THE THIRD ONE DAY WHEN PAKISTAN NEED 37 ODD RUNS IN 5 OVEAR'S. ON THAT TIME U HAVE TO CALL UMAR GUL THAT HE CAN SMASH 2 OR THREE BOUNDRY . BUT U CALL REHMAN , I JUST COME ON UR SHOE'S AND THING HE IS BETTER BUT ON THAT TIME WHEN HE CANNOT PUT TGE BAT ON THE BALL U DID NOT SAY ANY THING TO HIM . IN MY OBSERATION THERE WAS NO CAPTAIN INVOLVE IN THE ONE DAYS AND T20 EVERY BOBY WAS PLAYING BY THERE OWN IT WAS LIKE A TEAM PLAYING WITHOUT CAPTAIN.MAY BE UR A GOOD CAPTAIN ON TEST TEAM BUT NOT FOR ONEDAY & T20 SO PLEASE LEAVE THE CAPTAIN SHIP BEFORE THE MANAGEMNET IS GOING TO DO THAT BEST REGARDS

  • Bivek on February 29, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Well i m from Nepal, bt i love pakistani cricket, bt i m sad by 2days team. if i got a chance then i will make team like this for one day & T-20:- Ah. sezhad, Imran Nazir, mh. hafeez, asad shaifq, hammad, sahid afridi, umar/kamran akmal, cheema, junaid khan, umar gul, ajmal. Love 2 see pakistani making the lots of run and wining

  • fahad on February 29, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    This is insane, we have to be the most thankless cricket public in the world !! He won 7 ODI matches on the trot, hammered Sri Lanka 4-1...his win loss record was sensational before this series, and now after 1 poor limited overs series everyone is calling for his head! You think Afridi would have done any better as a captain ? Why is no one blaming afridi for his poor form during this series, he flopped even as a bowler. Who do you choose instead as a captain ? Our team had spent 170+ days overseas by the time this series came about, trust me the results would have been the same who ever the captain.

  • Fair Dickum on February 29, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    The question we should ask are Misbah , Younus , Shoaib Malik fit to play for the ODIs & T so Teams for Pakistan ? The fair answer would be No. As for Shoaib Malik he is not only not fit to play in ODIs and T 20s he is not fit to play for Pakistan in Tests either . We need to seriously look for a good wicket keeper . The wicket keeper should be good as a wicket keeper if he can bat as well it is a bonus . Kamran and Adnan Akmals are not good enough as wicket keepers . They need to compete for a place exclusively as batsmen .

  • Harsy on February 29, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    There is no doubt that Misbah is not the right choice,esp. for limited overs cricket.BUT PLEASE for the love of God, stop touting Afridi as a captain either.He is the anti-thesis to Misbah, one is overtly defensive, the other is a mindless aggressor.He's been tried, and it wasnt much different.Besides, we didnt lose the odi and t20 because of Misbahs captaincy perse, it was BATTING, our batting is horendous, they face a half decent bowling(pace)attack and fall like a deck of card,even against spin its pretty useless.We need A PROPER, WORLD CLASS batting coach.Misbah wouldnt be similar situations if the top order had performed. Time to bring Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad and give them a long run along with Asad and Azhar Ali...Im not sure, but Younis hasnt done himself too many favors this tour, save that one century.They all play across the line and these days with DRS,thats suicide, all need to review their technique. Misbahs real crime was persisting with KHATMAL(akmal) as keeper.

  • Ghulam Sarwar on February 29, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Though I agree with a few comments here but I honestly believe that our ODI teams and T20 teams must include players like Shehzad / Shahzaib / Waqas Zia / Imran Nazir / Kamran Akmal /Nasser Jamshed / Hamad Azam / etc. etc.

  • Asif on February 29, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    @Anum & other detractors of afridi.Just to let u know afridi has won 4 man of the match awards in the last 12 one day matches and came close to win a couple of more mom awards.He is the only player who never fails as he can deliver with both bat & ball.He was doing a great job as captain & was removed because of non cricketing reasons by that inefficient Ejaz butt.Mizbah is good for test cricket & should continue to play as a batsman in one days & quit t-20.Zaka Ashraf should appoint afridi captain for one days & t-20 on a long term basis otherwise pak will continue to get humiliated.Under afridi pak almost beat england, s.africa & in the last asia cup,t-20 wc & the recent world cup eventhough pak lost but the overall performance was excellent & even mizbah was praising afridi's captaincy.He was the man of the series in the asia cup & the highest wicket taker in the world cup whick pak lost because of younus & mizbah who not only dropped crucial catches but played out 70 dot balls.

  • sahib on February 29, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    clearly misbah is not a 20/20 player, then how could he be the captain of team. look at bpl how many pakistan players are worthful there. azhar mehmood can take the second seamer role as well as good hard hitting finisher who is in form of his life irrespective of his age. kamran akmal is the best pakistani batsman for odis , who is better than him in batting in the current line up.. consider him for only batting if he fails in keeping persistingly ....pcb try to bring amir back . my team for odis 1.hafiz 2. kamran akmal. 3. azad shafiq 4. umer akmal. 5.younus khan 6 afridi 7. hamad azam. 8. azher mehmood 9. amir, 10. gul 11. ajmal.. in 20/2o replace younus with imran nazir and shuffle the order

    pakistan will be too strong then

  • Km on February 29, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    I think at least Misbah should be removed from 20/20 format. Bring some new blood for 20/20 format. Inclusion of Shoib Malik in the team was biggest factor in the defeats of ODIs (I think).

  • Saber on February 29, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    No doubt Misbah was unable to hit anything but he shouldnt be the only scapegoat. We saw Pakistan field pathetically ! and I am not talking about dropping catches here. Every other team (including India) are very eager inthe field and collectively save 15-20 runs with aggressive fielding. Our OLD BOYS (Misbah, Hafeez, Ajmal, Aizaz and now Gul as well) are always on their heels and give singles away at ease. We can live with Ajmal and Hafeez because of their utility otherwise but we need fresh blood in fast bowling especially in death overs. Aizaz gave away a crucial Six of the last ball of England innings and THAT was the difference of defeat ! GUL is having a lot of OFF DAYs recently as well !

    So, Sharper fielders, Young Blood and an Attacking Captain !!

  • Imran on February 29, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    AOA,

    Just wannna add up here, ppl are fierce or either happy with Misbah's over all performances and acheivements all the way in his carrer. Giving him an edge for wut he has accomplished and letting it go, wont be a better idea, Misbah havent achieved wut Ponting has, and cricket followers have seen how ruthlessly he was side down in the CB sereis and apparently brought an end to his ODI carrer. Personally, I think, its time for for the evaluation and selection on merit and filling up players as of the demand and nature of each format respectivley, alone Misbah cannot be accused off. This is the high time for as we are on the edge of upcoming clash of asian giants, we need aggression in PAK ODI & T20 Team, defensive approach wont let us lead any where. Best of Luck Pak Tigers!

  • Nadeem Sharifuddin on February 29, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    My turn please. Can somebody send this page to Misbah's home address so that he can see how people think about his place in ODI and T2020. Misbah it's time to quit shorter form of cricket. Honestly the way you played in last game , i started crying. I mean how can you do that to nation of Pakistan. Your home country. Your style is old school and it do not work in T2020. Please let it go Misbah, leave and quit. We don't need you. Loss does not matter, the way we lost does matter. We are famous for flair and talent and aggression and you just disrespected all Pakistani T2020 cricketers. Kindly leave the time now. Please .Believe me my eyes have tears in it even today.

  • Mubasher-Hasan on February 29, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    i agree with most of the comments posted here. in my own view Pakistan cricket needs to get its aggression & passion back with positive frame of mind in ODI & T20s. i often amazed to see many teams approach to test cricket has changed dramatically. hence, we need Boom boom Shahid-Afridi as captain to left up the team in limited over games. we all love you Shahid-Afridi & want to see you as captain. Zaka Sb. please take immediate actions before its to late.

  • Haroon Rasheed on February 29, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    I am feeling bad for all who are supporting only new cricketer and forget all best performances from our OLD STARS. Please be senseable.

  • Haroon Rasheed on February 29, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    There should be 3 different Captain for all 3 format of cricket.

    1. Misbah or Younus (Test) 2. Afridi or Malik (ODI) 3. Afridi or Malik (T20)

    Please vote.

  • zaffar on February 29, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    I think we are missing the point and need to see the wood from the trees. Misbah's style is at fault and sometimes he does not do himself any justice but lets not make him a scapegoat for other members of the team who were also shocking in their performance. The truth of the matter is that we need new blood and that doe snot mean the likes of Fawad Alam, Shahzad and Nasir Jamshed who have been given their chance and failed. There is pools of talent in Pakistan and it is time that we give many of those that are often overlooked a try.

  • Haseeb on February 29, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    Misbah - The man who transformed lions into lambs. I would say he is a big time mystery who has hurted pakistan cricket & fans as much as he could. You would switch off the television when you see him bat. Some would say term it as overreaction or ridicule it, however its much more beyond that. winning or losing is part & parcel of the game but what matters is how you performed.

    When it comes down to performance misbah sucks big time, I haven't seen such a selfish player in the history of pakistan cricket atleast the time when i started watching pakistan cricket from 1990's. He plays for himself face saving 50's or 60's to hold his place in the team, a good example of that is WC 2011 Semi Final. Any layman out on the street would tell you what was misbah doing in WC Semi Final 2011. He is not a big match player nor does he have big match temperament.

    He lacks leadership, demeanour & aggression and above all by no means he deserve's a place as a batsman in ODI & T20's.

  • Shahwaiz on February 29, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    We need Razzaq to be back on the slot .. he is a real champ. no matter if the bloody selectors agree or not. but he's a kind of player who can play all the format... Remember ... and say yes if you agree

  • Faisal on February 29, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    Why is Fawad Alam not in the t20 squad? Instead of Shoaib Malik they should have opted for Razzaq or Fawad Alam. In my opinion Imran Nazir should open for Pakistan atleast in t20's. New players and some young blood should be given chance in t20. T20 is all about sharp fielding and old guns do not have enough to carry out the job in 20 overs. Experince is must but is not a vital part of t20.

  • shoaib on February 29, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    the time has came to appoint different captain for different format of games.

  • Think Tank on February 29, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    Our dilemma is we have the tendency to forget history in no time.Why everyone talks about Afridi as substitute captain for T20 and ODI?Some even go for Hafeez in T20.These intellect ideas come up after the ODI and T20 series against England but they must have forgotten the chimes of Hafeez who could not stand more than one over in T20 and yet they favor him to lead.What a joke!For Afridi lets recall what happened in T20 2010 Semifinal against Austrailia where we could not defend 190 runs.Yes it was because of poor bowling but it was also because of poor Captaincy as there was no thought involve to tackle Mike Hussey.Razzak was there to bowl a over but our boom boom brainless Captain just go for expected Amir, Ajmal, Amir and again Ajmal for last 4overs.Performance of Umar Akmal and Umar Gul in series is also questionable.Inzaman rightly said I dont need talent I need performance.I second what Razi Pardesi has described in his poem. Im afraid there is no match winner in Pakistan side.

  • Abby k2 on February 29, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    Nicely put Karam, When the England fielders saw Misbah comming in to bat ahead of Afiridi and the rising star Hammad Azam they knew there was a possibility they could win the game and they did, just when the game needed to be taken away from England there was no momemtum round about the 9 or 10th over, unlike Englands flexiable batting line up Pakistan batting was predictable the opening pair did not give Pakistan a decent start unlike the E nglands opening pair.I can now see why PCB are replacing Mosin shortly , where was he when Misbah was batting in the middle why did he not sent someone out to the middle and tell him to get on with it or get out.Mosin maybe able to pick a Test team but i dont think he has got any clue on the T20 and ODI formats.

  • Jazzy on February 29, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    Massage to Misbah --------LEAVE SHORTER FORMATS ---- u only good for test

  • Moosa Pervez on February 29, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    Strong rumours around: Shoaib Malik is going to replace Misbah in one day and 20/20 cricket as captain !!!!!!!!!

  • Shahid Mahmood on February 29, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    Pakistan team will disintegrate if you have more than one captains. Firing Misbah is no solution. Misbah needs to reinvent his limited overs game. He needs to be agressive in his batting. Let him sit in a locked room with todays Kohli and Ahmad Shehzad innings on a tape. Keep him there for a couple of weeks. PAKISTAN MUST FIRE ILYAS, FARHAT & SHOAIB. We need Ahmad Shehzad, Shahzaib, Mohammad Sami & Abdul Razzaq back in our limited overs team and Imran Nazir is a 100 times better batsman than Awais Zia. Asad Shafiq & Umar Akmal need to make big scores otherwise let Usman Salahuddin and some other new faces to try their luck. Hafiz is a headache, can't keep him, can't fire him.

  • Shahid on February 28, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    IT'S NOT ONLY MISBAH who falters here although he sure is a misfit in T20 team. What about the others, what did they do in ODIs and T20s??? Our standard has come down to where we consider Asad Shafiq our hero, let me know his averages, his centuries and fifties. What about Hafiz, Umar Akmal, Shoaib, Afridi??? how many fifties and centuries did they score?? Could we produce a single Kohli out of the lot? Hafiz has played 10 years with his bit and pieces innings but can't be replaced due to his bowling. Umar Akmal & Asad Shafiq are supposed to be our future but I doubt. Shoaib and Farhat play on even when not a single soul in Pakistan wants them to be. Start with ILIYAS, SHOAIB & FARHAT. Then bring in Ahmad Shehzad, Shahzaib Hassan, Razzaq, Mohammad Sami and Imran Nazir in to the ODI & T20, Usman Salahuddin and Talha in to the test. Make Afridi captain for T20 and keep Misbah in other two formates.

  • Srini on February 28, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    I think PCB is confused about loyalty vs suitability when it comes to selecting captaincy. Misbah should be Test captain, while Afridi should captain ODI and T20 cricket for the next 2-3 yrs unless they don't deserve a spot as a player in the team itself. There is no need to make it any more complicated. And, get Malik out of any Pak team and get in Abdul Razzak.

  • Suleman on February 28, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    Misbah has alway disappointed me when chasing runs. Remember South Africa against India? He could not make a couple of runs. For the yesterday loss, I make Misbah fully responsible. He upgraded himself in the batting order and did not perform. Look how many dead balls he had in his innings and that with 7 wickets still remaining. He brought everybody under pressure-Afridi's run out, Misbah responsibility because Afridi wanted to make some runs and tried to take two runs to be on the bating side. I think, it is time to change the horse.

  • Hussain Khan on February 28, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    A typical Pakistani knee jerk reaction. Is this a case of certain players not performing to force a change in captaincy??

  • Amyn Habib on February 28, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    Misbah’s miracle is that he led the team to a whitewash against England in test matches despite the weakness of Pakistan batting. Just look at the averages of the top batsmen in the Pakistani side. Pakistan lost the ODI and T20 because of horrible weak batting. To all the wise commentators who are saying he is too slow in ODIs and T20, would you have preferred him to get out throwing his wicket like all the others? Sure then you would lose by a bigger margin. It is disappointing that the commentators and (most) fans alike have no clue about professionalism. For the first time Pakistan (in a long time) has an excellent and strong captain—one who leads by performance. Sure we will lose some matches. But what is the alternative? The problem with Afridi is a lack of talent and professionalism. Although he is a decent ODI bowler, he is a terrible and completely unreliable batsman, and he lacks mental strength and toughness. The one thing Misbah could do is to get the one real batsman in Pakistan back. Mohammad Yousuf.

  • Mohsin on February 28, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    If you look at Strauss, he retired from one-day after worldcup where he produced a brilliant knock of over 150 score against India. Player like Ponting have shown the door for one-days, why PCB is persisting with Misbah. I am very disappointed that Hammad Azam wasn't promoted, he showed in the previous match that he was a clean hitter ( hitting from middle of bat).

  • Sunny on February 28, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    Misbah should leave oneday & t20 captaincy.We missing abdur razzak in this odi & t20 series a lot.this is main deference of pakistan loss.We need nasir jamshed or imran nazir in t20 matches.

  • asadak on February 28, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    Misbah should play test only no need to make him captain anymore. Younis Khan should be captain of all formate. Afridi should play only his cricket and stop thinking about captaincy. Malik, imran farhat,kamran akmal should never be in Pakistan team. Hafeez is average cricketer and he shoul never be consiider as captain. He should also be dropped wth misbah.

  • FAISAL on February 28, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    Misbah is the worst limited overs batsmen ever!

  • Pintu on February 28, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    Please don't blame only Misbah for ODI and T20 failures. It is the Pakistan team as a whole who are in-effective in batting. Over the decade Pakistan has lost the name of hard-hitting team, which was during the nineties (Imran, Javeed, Zaheer, Asif iqbal's time). Pakistan should send players across the world to play more T20 (since they cannot go to IPL) and this way they will have quality players. Look at India, they became World Champ. 'cause of IPL. Pakistan should put more emphasis on batting, let the team be still lead by Misbah who has brought stability, unity, confidence and calmness to this side. It is a matter of time Pakistan can still attain the peak of the world.

  • S MAHMOOD on February 28, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    All this chat about AFRIDI being captain... Afridi would not get into any other worthy International team... He needs to be dropped along with misbah, umar akmal, shoaib malik - they have had enough opportunities

  • terry007 on February 28, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    Those Pakistani players playing in the Bangladesh T20 tournament, as a team could have beaten this England team in the Abu Dhabi test.

  • Girish on February 28, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Dear Misbah, No matter what the generally population says, please continue to play and lead in all 3 formats of the game. The readers dont understand that you cannot make up for the failure of the other 10 players. For example, Umar couldnt connect bat on ball, Afridi failed, Gul gave 5 wides and then there was the last ball 6 of a full toss. I think of you as a great player and a brilliant captain. You are a source of inspiration to me in difficult time. All the best!

  • Nouman on February 28, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    As far is Misbah is concerned, I think he's currently the only sensible cricketer after Younis. The approach of being defensive works in test cricket as you have margin and time to settle down, but when it comes to shorter version of the game, I don't think one has enough time and space to wait for the opponent's mistake. To be honest, it was our bowling only who managed to clinch the series against England and not Misbah at all. Anyhow, I don't think that it will be a right decision to exclude him from shorter versions of the game as unfortunately he's one of the sensible batsman but I would certainly agree that the captaincy should be given to a person having a bit of an attacking attitude.

  • fhs on February 28, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Disagree on changing the leadership role in the limited overs. I still believe that Misbah is the best choice among current resources. I agree completely that Pakistan should have won 2nd ODI and 3rd T20 easily had we know how to "finish the game". This is area we need to work on and improve. Change the attitude (not the people) is the solution. Misbah has restored Pakistan's image and we are now without any controversies. I am however not happy with his choice of players playing in recent limited series (which I think also the reason of losses).

    All we need to do is to improve our weakness. Please do not have the leadership changed when we have Asia Cup is around the corner.

  • Tariq on February 28, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    After reading all the comments the verdict is crystal clear , PCB should remove Misbah from T20 ODI format and appoint Whatmore as a new coach ASAP

  • Dinesh Singh on February 28, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    I agree partially with you Abbasi. Those times of having one captain for all format has gone. Misbah, as good as he is in Test matches, he seems completely out of sorts in limited over versions of the game. Same thing we are seeing here in India. Dhoni being a great captain and finisher for limited overs, is clueless when it comes to elite version (Tests). So having different captains for different type of games is desirable in Ind-Pak teams. But I disagree on your point of Misbah continuing with Shoib. Players feel secure and give their 100% when they know that captain trusts them. And being the incharge on the field they should have full say in who should be on the park. Though there should be a limit on how many chances a certain player can get. Regards from India

  • Faraz (the first Faraz on all of Kamran's blogs) on February 28, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    WAKE UP PEOPLE !!! AND READ WHAT MR. ABBASSI HAS POINTED OUT - HAFEEZ FOR CAPTAINCY !!! ARE YOU NUTS --- AS I MENTIONED HE CANNOT EVEN JUSTIFY HIS SPOT IN THE TEAM - AND PLEASE DO NOT COMPARE AFRIDI WITH HAFEEZ - HAFEEZ IF WAS TO BE REBORN (ASTAGFIRULLAH, NAUZOBILLAH) WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO EQUAL AFRIDI'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS SO PLEASE KEEP THE RHETORIC FOR ANOTHER CONVERSATION - THESE ARE FACTS!! AFRIDI'S BOWLING AND FIELDING ALONE MAKES UP, HIS CHARISMA, AND HOPEFULLY HIS RENEWED FORM IS ALL WHAT PAKISTAN NEEDS....NO MORE PLAYING FAVORITES, NO MORE OLD SCHOOL APPROACHES...WE NEED A BREATH OF FRESH AIR....MISBAH! YOU ARE A GREAT TEST CAPTAIN AND WE WANT YOU IN THE "TEST" TEAM ONLY, PLEASE DONT SPOIL YOUR IMAGE ANYMORE BY PLAYING IN ODI OR T20s ... BARRING OFCOURSE INJURIES TO MORE DESERVING PLAYERS LIKE HAMMAD AZAM, ASAD SHAFIQ, SHAHZAIB HASSAN KHAN AND RAMIZ RAJA JUNIOR

  • Asif on February 28, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    The focus on Misbah masks the underlying problem with the One Day and t20 teams. These are games for young, athletic cricketers. Pakistan are carrying too many over 30s. There'e room for some experience but 2 or 3 over 30 year olds at most. As much as I like him, I think Afridi's time has passed. Hafeez's technique as opener has been found wanting - he should move down the order and replace Afridi. Bring in Shahzad at the top of the order. Junaid Khan also needs to be given a run. Just look how England's young guns have performed.

  • Omar Nadeem on February 28, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    It is really unfair to criticize Misbah-ul-Haq for losing the ODI and T20 series. Why, he is the best captain Pakistan has ever seen.While being the captain of the test side he has won 60 percent of his matches. In the ODI he has won 73 percent of his matches. And finally in the T20 he has won 75 percent of his matches. All these records are the best in Pakistan cricket history. Yes he does tend to make some mistakes but he will learn soon enough. The whole team is to be blamed for the losses of our ODI and T20 series.

    Countless times has he rescued the team from losing the game and stabilized the innings. He is a great player as well as a captain. Not every captain should have the "Boom Boom " mentality...

  • Asim on February 28, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    I agree with some of the comments here. It was just last month when everyone was praising Misbah for test series result, and all the series wins in 2011. I do realize that Misbah is not a top choice for ODI and t20 cricket, but what other options does Pakistan have? Afridi? LOL Hafeez? LOL. Both of these people are taking up allrounder spots in the team, but have batting averages in low 20s. Those who say kick Misbah out of t20 and ODI's and make Hafeez captain, may I remind you that Hafeez was out first ball in 3rd t20, and out 2nd ball in 2nd t20? How would he help the team win? He needs to justify his own selection first. We have other better quality spinners in the team already. What we need is to bring back Kamran Akmal as an opener (no wicket keeping from him please!), and groom Hammad Azam to open with him. Bring other youngsters in FAwad Alam, Ahmed Shahzad, and Nasir Jamshed in t20s and promote them to ODI's based on performances. Kick out Younus, Farhat, & Shoaib Malik.

  • Naeem Husain on February 28, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Pakistan needs intellignet cricketers! The present brain less players can't play a sensible cricket in tense situation as we experienced in ODI, 20/20. The problem is lack of dedication for the country they are playing for except for Ajmal rest of the team did not show any determination and standard cricket. Time to get rid of Afridi, Hafeez, Malik,and Misbah. These are supposed to be experiencd players. What did they can't even put up some good show. Eaxmple how peterson hit a SIXER and our Misbah had a chance to win for Pakistan could notdo it from the LAST BALL. Hopefull the new coach Dave Whatmore may bring some dynamic and aggressive cricket attiude in our young players with fair selection of players regardless their faith and ethnic background.

  • naeem on February 28, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    this man is just playng 4 himself.always try to remain not out bloody captain

  • Abdullah Shaikh on February 28, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    Dear Kamran Abbasi, I am sure you must be watching the matches on television. If yes then you must have surely heard alteast 10 times every game (including Test matches) when Rameez Raja showers all kinds of praises on Umar Akmal and the laods of talent and potential that Umar Akmal supposedly has and also according to Rameez that he should be playing Test cricket. Sir, What do you make of these comments from Rameez. Because when i compare Umar Akmal to Virat Kohli, Dinesh Chandimal, David Warner, Levi (SA) and so on, I find that all these younsters have grabbed the opportunities presented to them and have takne their team over the line on numerous occassions and at times taken it so close that the other boys can easily finish it. But with regret i have to say that in the 3 years of cricket Umar Akmal has not shown any inclination in their direction. On the contrary he plays selfishly and carelessly and gets his team in trouble. Can you give your thoughts please.

  • Sulu on February 28, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    Misbah proved that the criticism against him were fair. He scored 28 runs off 32 balls forgetting that he is in a T20 format. May be he thought he had an upperhand for not losing T20. This was a clean win game and given away by the captain. (Afridi should be a T20 captain effective immediately). Pakistan team with golden opportunity with only 129 runs to score. The wickets were three down for 94 at the end of 15th over. Time was to hit out as Afridi, Malik, Hammad who could have taken this game to a win. This was a selfish game by the captain. There were two runouts with Misbah alone. Why would Misbah care now and probably this was to hit back the criticism with a losing fashion. He will be soon 39 years and his time has come to rest. I still cant believe this a lost game. This was the arrogance of Misbah. Pakistan is capable to win any T20 matches against any team. Pathetic!

  • Ammar on February 28, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Actually Misbah is trying years old tactics and game has changed now. Why promote himself up the order when player like umar akmal is there ? why leave too many runs for the end over when you know England;s death bowling is of high standard .. why not played hammad azam is ODIs ?? basically poor team selection .. and pakistan needs to find good Keeper who can bat ..

  • Razi Perdesi on February 28, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Dear Friends,

    Misbah may be tuc-tuc-tuc But he is the one to score He may look unfit to run But who can else do moe

    Don't just take the captain's name Whole team must share the blame The captain only guides the team Rest depends on player's game What about the poor fielding And batting collapse and all And what about the wicket keeper Who could not hold a ball A stumping chance a run out miss And wide balls galore Only take a single run No sixes and no four When team presents such bismal show What can a captain do The clap and dance or shout and boo What about some seasoned batsmen Who can only face one ball In talking they are very big In practice so small Call him tuc-tuc or what you like Whats there in a name He got you out of a mess in the past So at least spare a thought

  • Faraz (the first Faraz on all of Kamran's blogs) on February 28, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Ramiz Raja along with his crony Waqar Younis, making a mockery of profession of cricket commentator and analyst role - STOP MEDDLING IN THE AFFAIRS OF PAKISTAN CRICKET!!

    On the issue of Hafeez as Captain, Hafeez was only his passionate self when bowling and showing dissent on Malik's fielding efforts... as far as Hafeez is concerned from a batting perspective,ot forgetting his solitary score in the 1st test 1st innings - he has nothing to show for in the batting avg.column the whole series... SO Hafeez does not even justify his place in the side let alone be considered for captaincy. As one blogger pointed out Asad Shafiq and alongwith Hammad Azam are suitable candidates beyond 2015 World Cup - at present, let us restore order, Afridi as ODI/T20 Captain and Misbah, Malik, Hafeez and Younis Khan all have to justify their spots. also what did Zia accomplish - Imran Nazir would have been a much better choice for attacking T20 opener!! what is wrong with our selectors??!!!!

  • Abdullah Shaikh on February 28, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Hero and villain in the same person is very surprising. But it is the change of format. Where Misbah has become a hero in the 5 day format. He has become a painful villain in the one day format. and now finally also in the 20 over format. Had Misbah not played the limited overs leg of the series he would have continued to be the best captain pakistan has ever produced. But now suddenly people have been left dejected.

  • Badar on February 28, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    What a difference only 6 runs can make? If Pakistan were to make those 6 runs and win the match, then we would have hailed Misbah as the hero and the best Captain ever to play for Pakistan. The main problem is the selection of the 20/20 team. All the players that needed to be in Pakistan's T20 team are playing in BPL. Then how can you win? It's not just Misbah that should do everything. Tell me, what has Hafeez done opening the batting recently? I can list many other issues but the main points are: we have to fix our PCB administration first, then upgrade our infrastures, and then select the best players without any bias.

  • Auditor on February 28, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    I also agreed with Faraz (the first post here), people like Waqar Younis, Rameez Raja and Amir Sohail shamefully critisze young players like Asad Shafiq just on racial basis. Asad have been preforming very well in all 3 formats since last year or so. He did very well even in last ODI world cup when given chance on number 3 position. Misbah is playing with him by throwing him on different positions. He has not been allowed to settle down on one position, they send him on different positions most of the times, #6, #3, opener, #4 etc.How any player can perform well like this, but even then he is doing well. Above mentioned ex players do politics even while doing commentry on the national media and whole world listning. This is a big shame.

    ODI TEAM---1 M.HAFEEZ 2 NASIR.J 3 SHAHZAIB.H 4 YOUNUS.K 5 UMER.AK 6 ASAD.S 7 S.AFRIDI (CAPTAIN) 8 M. SAMI 9 U.GUL 10 S.AJMAL 11 WAHAB.R

    T20 TEAM--- Same team with replacing Fawad Alam or Khurram M. for Younus and Hammad Azam for Wahab R.

  • Abdullah Shaikh on February 28, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    The biggest Blunder of Misbah that was exposed in this series was that in his eagerness to get Malik in the team he sacrificing Sarfraz Ahmed and kept giving the gloves to Umar Akmal. Now some keeping errors can be forgiven against a team like Bangladesh and also to an extent against the out of form Sri Lanka. But a srong team Like England can be very unforgiving. More that that dangerous players like Cook, Petersen & Bopara can make you pay with the match. That is to put it in perspective. One Match per catch, as Misbah has found out and learnt his lesson. Or i hope so. But may be Misbah may not have learnt his lesson on this point. But in any case as ponted out by you, his batting is not suitble to this format any way.

  • Abdullah Shaikh on February 28, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Summed up beutifully Mr.Abbasi. I agree that Misbah may be the best Test captain in a few decades. Best results with thinnest resources. You could not ask for more. But when it comes to limited overs he cricket Misbah has been just the opposite. Pakistan has better resources in the limited over format and traditionally they have always been a better ODI side and yet Misbah has commited the cardinal sin of promoting Shoeb Malik in such an important series. But his mistake becomes even bigger because he tried Mallik during the Sri Lanka and the Bangladesh series and that should have been enough to drop him. But inspite of his failures Mallik was picked up for such an important series. Had some younster been given this opportunity of these three series it would have been better. But the worst part in the last three series was that in order to accomodate Mallik he kept on sacricficing the Specialist Wicket Keeper, and got exposed with the dropped cathes & missed stumpings. Expensive.

  • Auditor on February 28, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    I agreed with Mr. Abbasi.It is time to bring Afridi back as captain for ODI and T20.Misbah never was a suitable player for limited version of game.With age 38, with his pathetic strike rate and on top of the that his defensive captaincy.This should not be any difficult decission for PCB to replace him with Afridi for ODI and T20.Recent example is E.COOK have scored 2 centuries and scored heavily in ODI series against Pakistan but he was not selected even as a player in T20 series.He is much younger then Misbah, musch better strike rate and with so much runs in ODI series why he was not selceted for T20?? PCB need to unedrstand this fact that Misbah is not ODI and T20 player.There is so much talent aorund in Pakistan, young players like Nasir J, Shahzaib H,Sarfraz A.Fawad Alam are waiting.M. Sami have performed very well in BPL, he deserve one more chance.I would be very careful before considering Ahmed Shahzad,his bad conduct contiues even in BPL.Its time to make some sensible changes.

  • AlbertEinstein on February 28, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Its amazing how the man who created history 4 weeks ago is in line to be crucified. The guy hasn't played a single game at home for years and with the tours of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and England, didn't get time to spend time with his family, sleep in his own cosy bedroom. Its time to face the facts, he is mentally exhausted and homesick. Give him and his team some time and watch how these boys will bounce back in the Asia Cup.

  • Faraz (the first Faraz on all of Kamran's blogs) on February 28, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Kamran: thanks for bringing this huge issue to the forefront - Zaka Ashraf - take notice, if you want Pakistan Cricket, PCB and yourself to avert any further embarrassment. Misbah has brought to life his villain self from the semi-final of WC 2011. forget ODI/T20 captaincy - he does not even make the playing 11 on merit in both these formats and to top off his inability, he supports Malik inclusion is plain and simply UNACCEPTABLE!!! T20/ODI captain is deservedly Shahid Afridi and no one else is capable of this in Pakistan cricket - maybe Hammad Azam (who by the way was carried as a useless player in the first T20) Ramiz Raja and Waqar Younis need to stay out of Pakistan Cricket - these two idiots play a lot of politics while doing commentary and sadly have a very squinted view of players and their capabilities - and to have to bear with their criminal use of the English language...PCB !!! smarten up - we lost our ODI rankings to England courtesy timid captaincy of Misbah !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Yasser on February 28, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    @Dr Talha, Well said. I have requested Kamran in the past as well to write an article on M Hafeez. Instead, in his last email he pointed out that Hafeez alongside Afridi and Ajmal were proven match winners for Pakistan. Once again Kamran has missed the point. It was'nt just Misbah that cost us the match but Hafeez as well. Never in my life have I seen a worst player play so much for Pakistan. And he could very well be our next captain.

  • Nauman on February 28, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    Misbah is not right person for T20 and ODIs captain, but depends on Pakistan selection as well, as never explain the selection of Imran Farhat who never performs on any tour but still having his place. His quality is only 10 run maximum. Selection comity have a problem as they can not find players in Pakistan.

  • tuqeer on February 28, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    just surprises me how unrealistic pakistani fans are. i think all they want to see is a 6 or a 4 on every second ball. misbah isnt the so called tuk-tuk if he is compared to miadad. but every one is a bigger fan of his cricketing style. Misbah resembles to be what a average pakistani is at the moment, always put down always criticized. what he has done for pakistan is priceless. keeping in mind how our 4 provinces do not get along together. He has kept a team disciplined and on there toes, using the limited resources being provided. everyone is now talking about bringing back shazab, ahmed shehzad,nasir jamshed, sami and so on, there was time when these same fans where so agains them and where them self criticizing them, now they are in favour. pakistan fans are resemble pakistan politics a lot, its all loota system, at times you are with a statement and then alof a sudden they say ""we never said that " no wonder we never see a change in pakistani politics.

  • Omar on February 28, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    agreed. Its not just Misbah's batting but the overall approach which which he adopts while batting as well as in the field; waiting for something to happen rather than trying to create something. One really surprising thing yesterday for me was that why did he not bowl out Aizaz Cheema in one go, specially when had taken a wicket in his 3rd over and was bowling well with the new ball? Second, some of the shots played yesterday were atrocious and not just by Misbah but Umer Akmal as well, trying to hit 'lapetas' rather than playing cricket shots! KP and the other English batsmen scored by playing inteligent shots and not just trying to whack every ball to the leg side

  • siraj on February 28, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    misbah only for test match .not for t20 and 50 over format,tiger afridi is good caiptan for both format.

  • Anum on February 28, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    We all start bashing Misbah ul haq's captaincy whenever the team loses. Are there not other players from whom we are expecting a match winning innings for such a long time? That includes Umar Akmal, Hafeez and Afridi- all 3 are overrated batsmen and when was the last time they carved out a victory for Pakistan through their batting? Why always blame Misbah?

  • Aatif on February 28, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Prior to this T20i series, Misbah's record as captain stood at 5 played, 5 won. Now his record stands at 8 played, 6 won, 2 lost. Both of those losses coming to the world's number one ranked side AND a side that just whitewashed his team in the ODIs. And you want to replace this guy with who exactly? That master tactician Afridi? Or that unifying cornerstone in Pakistani cricket Shoaib Malik? Harsh isn't even the word. Ludicrous is closer.

  • Naeem Kamran on February 28, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    hard luck guys --- where is kamran akmal - where is imran nazir- abdul razzaq--nasir jamshed -- ahmad shahzad -

  • Javed on February 28, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    I think Misbah, Yunas , shoaib, Asad shafiq ,Abdul rehman, Azhar , etc. are only fit for Test Team. They don't deserve for ODI o T20. Afridi, Hamad azam ,Abdul Razzaq , Hafeez , Ahmed shahzad, Aizaz cheeam ,saeed ajmal, Sami etc. should be included in ODI e T20. Every country has separate players for Test, ODI anf for T20. Only Pakistan team has players for all 3 type of cricket.

  • javed on February 28, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    I would advise all Pakistani people to learn some lessons from English team. They were outclassed in three test matches but no one in UK is talking about changing the test captain. In Pakistan, it is a tradition that we always rush to the conclusion without realizing the detrimental effects. We do the same with so many and this is the reason, we had so many captains. Even learn from India, they lost in England, they lost in Australia but Dhoni is still there captain. Please don't judge a person on the basis of just one series.

  • abbas on February 28, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Misbah must retire from T20 and one day format immediately

  • Vish on February 28, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    India's awesome and unbelievable victory against Sri Lanka in todays' match has given a warning signal Pakistan for the upcoming Asia Cup...

  • Usman Fayyaz on February 28, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Misbah has to rectify his overly defensive approach in T20 cricket. However, having said that, he's a damn good captain and has remarkable fitness given that he is 37. He's good man management skills, easy to get along and to establish a good working relationship (Mohsin has praised him, Waqar wanted to see him as captain too). Let's not forget that Pakistan was a much weaker team compare to a number 1 ranked team in the world. So, I totally disagree with the writer. Pakistan has performed extra ordinarily well in the recent past under Misbah and that too when Pakistan cricket was marred by various scandals and lost its top 3 players, so on the basis of half a poor series, a sensible management shouldb't change the leaders, common Kamran, do you expect Pakistan to win all the matches against a top and very professional team and each time it looses a series or 2 then change the captain instead of giving him chances to rectify his shortcomings.

  • FAHEEM on February 28, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    The fact of the matter is that pakistan is an overrated team. players like afridi perform well in maybe one out of 10 matches. umer gul is totally unpredictable. when was the last time that this brilliant talent umar akmal won a game for pakistan!. we all know that there is no cricket related reason for inclusion of shoaib malik in this side. misbah should be given lot of credit for his role in the rehabilitation of pakistan in test cricket but he is not a one day or t 20 player and that is all there is to it. unfortunately, no one at the echelon of affairs in pakistan cricket has this realization.

  • Zahid on February 28, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    COMPARE MISBAH TO ANY OTHER MAJOR BATSMAN in other national teams and you will find out that he is the only one who starts with an asking rate of say 5 per over and nearly always ends up with 10 per over in the ending overs.Where as all the other main batsmen pace their innings to bring the asking rate down. Is it a lack of ability or is it because he rarely finds some one else who can stay on wicket and share the responsibility. It is a delimma for Pakistan as he, inspite of his slowness, is the only batsman whom you can count on to stay at the wicket and buil partnerships. Pakistan team is more like a gruppe of bit n pieces batsmen who feel it a success to score 30 odd runs.

  • Mohammad Merchant on February 28, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    It is batting failure once again.Our batsmen have no planning how to chase the total.They always go for big pre determined shots on legside irrespective of ball is on 7Th wicket on offside.They always try to hit fours and sixes.It is very easy to score 35 runs in last 30 balls when your both top batsmen were on crease and Afridi, shoaib malik and Hammad Azam to come.Reasons we did not do are three. 1)English bowlers bowled excellent according to their field 2)English fielders put great efforts 3) Pakistani batsmen panic.

    Our media and PCB has also played part in disturbing unity in team.They first changed coach and media in middle of series try to divide the team on captainship issue.

    If we want to do better in T20 format we have to look for solid openers.Fast bowling and spinning alrounders and most importantly we must improve our fielding and running between the wicket.We should convience Younus khan to accept captainship.

  • Ash on February 28, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    Misbah is a good Test & ODI player but I do not think he understands the need of T20. Pak lost by only 5 runs which could've been made if they have calculated the required run rate while batting. T20 is clever peace of support, need to be alert and calculate the risk precisely in order to win. Still happy with Pak performance but need little more work on their fielding and batting. It was great series. Well played England.

  • Nasir on February 28, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Correct Content..!!! Cricket is extremely dynamic sport nowadays. England sense the dynamism and change their Test, ODI and T20 captains, hence the result. Where pakistan dull and scared of change not just losing but ruining the future series as well. I love all formats as their always a captain in making if we see england. T20 young captain groom for ODI, ODI captain then go to test and Test captain should one day good by cricket and have mercy to viewers..so all even...

  • Adil Zargar on February 28, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Afridi has to be the ODI and T20 captain, especially with the T20 world cup coming up soon. When he is the captain, Pakistan team have a different body language which is much needed in the short format of the game. He proved it in the world cup last year that the team looked more energetic and produced better results in ODI and T20 cricket under him. New captains can be tried after Afridi for the short format but not now. Misbah should infact not play T20 cricket, he is a good leader for the test team only. Mohammad Hafeez could be a choice for captainship and Asad Shafiq looks a promising prospect for future.

  • Shahid Rana on February 28, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    I agree Abbasi, hats off to Misbah, his contribution to Pakistani team when it was on the verge of collapse is remarkable. He will be remembered as face-saver by cricket historians.

    But it's time to move on. Strategic decisions are always difficult to make and implement, once taken early, pays off well. It's the time if we have to invest; then youngsters are the right choice. No need to consider the players already given plenty of opportunities.

    I am not fully convinced about the decision of Dave Watmore but honestly he is one of the best available professional in cricketing arena with proven track record. His appointment would be justified if he had also given some role in cricket academy, it's revival is vital for our cricket glory.

    We need to spot telnet early and equip them well before international launch. Make sure they do'nt become average. Role in academy is mandatory because this would provide the deep inside into upcoming talent where future points.

  • obaid on February 28, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    Misbah should be retiring on his own as 20/20 and a one day international cricketer if he has some shame, pride and dignity. he has lost Pakistan games more than one occasion. They were big games needed accelaration but Misbah doesnt have the mindset let alone the game to play fast paced cricket. For test he should be retained as captain but Shahid Afridi should be back as captain of 20/20 and the one day side.

    Hope PCB does take action and this time their action makes sense.

  • Osman Aftab Ahmed on February 28, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    I think some basic arithmetic lessons need to be given to Misbah and co to pace the run rate sensibly. Far too many times this has happened with Misbah being involved in the middle. With the run rate climbing in the last 10 overs and so many wickets in hand in a 20/20 match it is mind boggling to perserve wickets. I have lost count the number of times Misbah bhai has done this. I think he is tool cool for this format of the game, we need someone with a bit of adrenaline, perhaps Afridi - but perhaps he has too much of this. Perhaps the Prof - Hafeez!

  • imran_khan on February 28, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    pak did not lose because misbah kept blocking .. it was because pakistan's best t20 players are playing the BPL .. rana , nazir , shahzaib , razzaq , ahmed shehzad ,sohail tanvir, kamran akmal even azhar mehmood still has it in him .. the world wants them in t20 tournaments and the PCB isnt picking them .. misbah has a bunch of B class players who can't score runs on a dead wicket .. i think he did well to stick around till the end .. compare 1. hafeez , 2.wotshisname 3. asad shafiq 4. afridi with 1. nazir 2. shahzaib 3. ahmed shehzad 4. afridi .. The PCB is to blame here not misbah's tuk tuk

  • Syed Sharique on February 28, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    For ODI & T20 Misbah is not the right stuff. He cannot justify his selection in XI if not captain. It is frustrating to see Pak not scoring 36 odd runs in last 5 overs. Strike rate below 100 is suicidal for in the shortest format but less than 90 or 85 is criminal. He should go for some soul searching for this. Umar Akmal is another hopeless material for any version of the game.

  • kashif manzoor on February 28, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    this is time for misbah to go. This is his conviction list. 1. worst ever captaincy, in fact only after M yusuf 2. Persistence with imran farhat in odi's 3. and then shoiab malik 4. what the hell were aizaz cheema and junaid khan were doing in the team with wahab riaz in the ranks( if he was really available!) its surely is the time to take some harsh decisions. give afridi the charge

  • amjad hasan on February 28, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Mr. Abbassi is being rather harsh. On a difficult wicket, the difference between the two team was just 2 balls. On went for six (last ball of Cheema's over) the other a superb slower ball from Dernbach. This is no time to give fuel to typical Pakistani knee jerk reaction. Bring in a proper wicket keeper. Problem solved to a greater extent.

  • khurram on February 28, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Thank you Kamran for writing another timely piece on the way forward for Misbah. If Australia can say Thank you very much to great Ricky Ponting as he does not fit in their 2015 WC plans so why cant PCB tell Misbah that he is not even in their 2012 T20 WC plans. Time for Boom Boom again.

  • dawood on February 28, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Misbah just proved yesterday once again why he is not a preferred choice of limmited over game.....he himself leave T2o version with grace and let board to decide someone else to take charge...

  • Bilal Hidayat on February 28, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Thanks for the article against Misbah, at last. But I think its not as harsh as it should have been. He doesn't deserve a seat in playing 11 let alone Captaincy in T20.

  • Akshay Maslekar on February 28, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Everyone comes with an expiry date. Misbah has outlived his utility in shorter formats of the game like MS Dhoni in test matches. It would be a wise move if someone like Azhar Ali is made the captain and groomed under seniors like Younis Khan,Misbah and Afridi and by the time the next world cup is around Pakistan will be ready to summit the challenge.

  • Faisal Afridi on February 28, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    No doubt that eleven players dressed in green fetched the Loss for pakistan but as said above Misbah was the most prominent. I personaly Believe that he is one of the guys that he can clear boundries with very ease but still it seems that his bating is full of fear and intense selfishness. For player or anybody from any field of life to be leader he needs to be brave.Which I am sorry to say that he is not..

  • Tariq Hasan Quraishi on February 28, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    You are right Mr. Abbasi cricket,s shorter formats require different planning. Age factor is most important as it slows reflexes. For a batsman,fast bowler and fielder this is very relevant. Misbah has been a very capable and uniting person for the team but he himself needs to review his position for the shorter version in the best interest of Pakistan cricket. I would not want to see him becoming another Jaysuria, who with all his contribution to Srilankan team in all formats later on became a liability when he insisted to keep on playing in his late thirtees. PCB needs to give priority attention to this matter and select young talented players atleast for T20 cricket.

  • Waqar on February 28, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Spot on Mr. Abbasi, i think Pakistan need to make changes in shirt forms of the game, especially T20. I think we should bring back Ahmad Shahzad and Nasir Jamshaid looking at their performances in Current Bangladesh Premier League. Also Kamran Akmal is a best option behind the stumps in T20 format. We have seen currently Umar Akmal's keeping as well. Kamran is a bit better than him as well he can provide an aggressive start while opening the batting....

  • M. Nawaz Janjua on February 28, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Dear Kamran bhai, no doubt Misbah has done a great job for Pak cricket but I think we should not be emotional while deciding the long-term development of the team for future. PCB should make right decisions now and hand over the captaincy of limited overs cricket to Shahid Afridi immediately. We should learn from other cricket playing nations in this respect like Australia & England. It will not do any harm to Misbah anyway. Its better for him to concentrate on the Test arena. Allah Hafiz.

  • Ali on February 28, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    well written Article Mr Abassi , when i woke up today i was thinking Misbah Would Have Resigned from T20 and ODI Captaincy After seeing his in Ability to Score runs in shorter Format of the games...But Not so (:....Lovers of Misbah please donot forget that he had Contributed In Famous Defeats for pakistan and Last night was another such Miserable Defeat where the responsible person was Only Misbah ,youngsters tried in this series have proved they got the Talent its Old Bones Like Misbah and Malik which needs to go now as they are blocking the place for future of pakistan Cricket , ( it might seems Highly Unlikely though because of Politics involved in Cricket Killing the Sports which Unite the country ) I dont Care who ever will Captain Pakistan But please Take Misbah Off From T20 if u want to give Pakistan any Fair chance to Perform In T20 world cup and if you Read this Comment Misbah (ITS TIME TO GO PLEASE )

  • Haider on February 28, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Misbah broke the heart of so many people he must be drop what we saw in last night match it is unforgiveable he is38 so bring back afridi as limited captan.Misbah is repeating the same mistake again and again t20final southafrica, world cup simifinal in india, and now it is here. He is not better player then Pointing,it will be a great example for PCB.

  • Zeeshan on February 28, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    "Brand Pakistan" has been damaged by Misbah from being aggressive, mercurial,unpredictable to negative,predictable and dull. Teams always feared playing Pakistan but now every one can expect whats coming. Simple formula for teams to win against Pakistan- Dont take the wicket of Misbah till end and the match will automatically be yours!!!

  • Pravin Kadam on February 28, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Good Bye to Misbah from One-Day & T20 Format.

    Retain Afridi as a Captain as this format demands aggressive,risk-taking leader. Dead,Defensive captaincy costs the One-Day & T20 Series.

    My Final 11 for Pak

    One-Day Side Hafeez,Farhat,Younis,Malik,Umar(k),Afridi(C),Hammad,Naved,Gul,Ajmal,Cheema

    T20 Side Hafeez,Shehzad,Nazir,Awais,Umar(k),Malik,Afridi(C),Naved,Gul,Ajmal,Cheema/Hammad/Tanvir

    Try this combo,InshaAllah victory will follow.

  • sahil on February 28, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Right on Mr. Kamran. Misbah is highly critical of fans' opinion about his limited over captaincy but the whole world can't be wrong or can it be? He needs to understand his limitation as Afridi did, that he can't play Tests so he retired from it. Similarly Misbah needs to come to grips with his limitations to play (let alone captain) limited versions of cricket and should voluntary retire and make the way for the right person to lead the team.

    But from what we have seen him doing regarding Shoaib Malik, I highly doubt that he will ever relinquish the captaincy voluntarily. He is a GREAT test player and captain but he is diametrically opposite in other versions of the game.

    If he doesn't leave by himself I guess he will definitely leave after being humiliated by many more match losses awaiting his captaincy.

    One can also judge the character of a captain by just observing how he chooses the playing XI for a match or if he is willing to hang the gloves like Afridi did. Learn from Ozs

  • Khalid Shaikh on February 28, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Over Defensive Notions works well for Pak in Test Cricket.Shorter versions needs a braveheart leader who can take risk by shuffling the batting order.Imran Khan is the classic example of the man of League of Guts.He used to send Salim Yousof as one down pinch hitter taking risk & Salim used to deliver.Misbah should have sent Afridi as an opener or One-Down Pinch Hitter.Malik should have been sent much much earlier i.e. 2 down or so.Asad,Azhar does not fit in shorter format.Pak should call Nazir,Shehzad,Naved,Razzak if they want to survive in shorter game else they will perish in notime.Lastly a more Agressive, Risk Takin captain is the need of the Hour.Bye-Bye Misbah from One-Day/T20 Games.

  • HAshim on February 28, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    no doubt Misbah is a fantastic player bt he still didn't realizes the difference between test,ODI and t20 formats

  • dr.akhtar mahboob on February 28, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    a.a misbah should not be part of team in one days and t20 asa we has lost two world cup due to that person.you know ist t20 and recent world cup in mohali.he s itially start slowly and even after he settled he can not play shorts esp against fast bowlers.he s trying to become inzmam but he can not even near to him.when inzmam was hitting no bowler can escape.he was quality and good finisher but misbah s worst finisher.he should retire from loimited overs and has mercy on this nation

  • Khalid on February 28, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Agree with most of your words. IMHO in TESTs England killed themselves and if there was anything from Pakistan, then that was the spin attack. Don't know why Misbah has been getting that much credit. I've not seen any more defensive captaincy from a PK side then from these HAQ brothers. First Inzi, he was very defensive and now Misbah raising the rate of defense exponentially. Or we were got used to of IK, Akram and Waqar an era of bowling captains when they were aggresive in every subject of the game, batting bowling ! Or it was the talent of IK and Akram to pick the RAW TALENT from Pakistan and made them International heros. During 90s we had player picked mainly by IK and then going into the late 90s (99 onwards) we had players picked by Akram ( Saqlain, Azhar M, A Razzaq, Yousuf etc) not all though. But after that do we have anything like Razzaq ? Inzi ? Yousuf ? I think we are lagging in many aspects. The only player I see who can lead and improve PKs ODI/T20 is Afridi.

  • cricket fan on February 28, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    I was never a misbah fan since he got a very funny batting style bt he proved me wrong wit his test performance but once again I strongly believe dat misbah is not T20 or odi material at all and plz drop all akmals they all bat like good tailender can hit few good shots but can't win match for u definately not pak need few more aggressive batsman at da moment ahmed shehzad and nasir jamshed is best available options and plz stick with hammad as he seems geniuonly good no shafiq, farhat, u akmal, misbah, malik is good now as we don't have better options

  • maz on February 28, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    well done to England.. but as a Pakistani supporter i cannot disagree with Kamraan. Misbah just doesn't seem to have the mindset of a limited overs cricketer. in test matches you can be a little laid back , as the chances are you will get another chance to put things right if you make a mistake, but in limited overs cricket, you need to make instant decisions, where flair and dynamism is required, the 2 qualities he clearly lacks.we should never have lost yesterdays game. The other thing i wanted to point out is the difference in the conduct of the players on show, apart from a minor indiscretion by Ajmal, when he took Patels wicket, the pakistani players have smiled their way to a whitewash in the tests , and the defeats in the 1 day games , where the English players have been Snarling , swearing brats all the way through. hard to understand.

  • Khurram Khan on February 28, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    Oh please, his name is Misbah-ul-Tuk.

  • Dr. Jafri on February 28, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Very polite, but realistic assessment. I don't think there is need for big changes in the team, but some adjustment need to be done. Give him a chance in Asia cup before any big decision. N.B,We are Acutely short of fast bowlers.

  • ch.saqib on February 28, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    he is not able to be captain for pakistani team

  • NoBallSpecialist on February 28, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    If we were talking about South Africa the word 'Choker' wouldn't have been far behind the defeat. Misbah having proven his unwillingness to change gears when the time requires might find the title of Pakistani Choker sticking from me. Whenever Misbah is left as the 'last proper batsman' he seems to automatically preserve his wicket regardless of the format of cricket. This was proven not only in the T20 but in the match against India in the WC Semi Final. A seemingly gettable target turns into a last over requiring a multitude of boundaries. Against England the target was 36 runs from 30 balls shared with Umar Akmal - it ended with 13 from 6 losing two in the final over.

    However, to blame Misbah isn't fair when other batsmen fail to take any responsibility at the wicket. The T20 side looks too bowler allrounder heavy and not enough specialist batsmen. Those that are have proven to be incompetant and to quote Ramiz Raja have a "brain explosion" at the most match crital moments.

  • ch.saqib on February 28, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    he is not able to be captain for pakistani team

  • Waqar on February 28, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Well said Kamran. Greens should have Misbah as captain for Test Matches & Afridi (I think he is the only senior is current team) for ODIs & T20s.

    Wishing gud luck for Greens future.

  • Shavi on February 28, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    I agree that Misbah needs to be replaced in shorter formats but the point needs to be made again that it wasn't all his fault. If Cheema hadn't given that six off the last ball we would've won it. If Gul hadn't given 5 wides we wouldve won it. If Afridi hadn't run so slow we would've won it. Point being, Pak failed as a team and Misbah doesn't deserve to be singled out like this.

  • manny on February 28, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    We need stability over all formats of the game. And right now changing Misbah would send the wrong message to the rest of the team. If you look at the performances of both teams, the key difference has been Pietersen. Otherwise, the gap in the one day formats has been quite small and we only need to tweek rather than overhaul.

  • Imran on February 28, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Pakistan ODI cricket has been too 1-dimensional of late. The whole "wickets-in-hand, blast-at-the-end" strategy only works if the opposition is playing the same game, and these days, they usually aren't. Misbah's a fine captain, but they need to look to the future. You can't expect someone to take the test helm immediately, so some amongst this current crop needs to start taking the lead in the ODI side soon.

  • Omer on February 28, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Misbah shoould be dropped from ODI and T20 squad ASAP. No matter what the English media says about the quality of death bowling which save them this game, this game should never have come tothe last 3 overs. Why Pakistan is always playing safety first cricket is beyond imagination. Without being to critical but the test series was won bcz of some individual brilliance of Gul, Ajmal, Rehman and Younis Khan/Azhar ali but other than that the team struggled esp the batting. It finally got exposed in the shorter format as Eng batters were in form and bowlers couldn't do the same magic.

    The way to move forward is to drop Misbah and Azhar Ali from ODI as they both struggle to lift the tempo, replace Adnan Akmal i ODI by his brother Kamran and get some fresh legs/agressive batsman in the middle order. Also Hafeez has proven that like Graeme Hick, he is also a bully of B class bowling and that is visible from his record against Zim/Bang/WI....wholesale change is required!!

  • Kashif on February 28, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Misbah Is The Only Player In the Historey Of Cricket Who Will Stay On the Wicket To Make Sure His Team is Defeated.He Doesnt Deserve Place in One Day or T20.How Can you Be called A Batsman when You stay on the crease until the end and still Ur Team Lose the match.

  • fawad on February 28, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    It is not the fault of Misbah ul Haq, People should realize that it was a preplanned drama byAfridi and Umer Akmal both are cheats and third rated , they have ensured that Pakstan should loose these ODI and T20 series, Afridi wants to be the captain again thats why he played below par and Umar wants his elder catch dropper match fixer brother back , so intentionally both series have been lost , just remember the speculations and stupid questions by journalists during post match conferences thrown at Misbah Ul Haq, these questions were asked delebrately in order to put the captain under stress and bring rift in the team.

  • Shariq on February 28, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    I dont understand where the criticism on Misbah is coming from? It's a simple equation. Are we losing the one-dayers because of captaincy or are we losing it because of our batting? If we are losing one-dayers because of captaincy (ridiculous thought) then go ahead change the captain. But every sane cricket-understanding person would know that its the batting which is losing us games. Even if you change the captain, how will the new captain make our batting click all of a sudden?

  • Nazam Hussain on February 28, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Kamaran, you're spot on here. Misbah has done wonders for Pak cricket but every man should know his limits. He's moulded the team in his own image & all the flamboyance & flair associated with Pak cricket has been replaced by a dull defence first approach. Under his captaincy, we don't have the ability to hit big scores & exciting young talent has been replaced by steady experienced hands. He has actually made Pak a very boring side to watch in limited overs format, no wonder the fans stay away. Who wants to watch a T20 match where your side only hits 1 six & a handful of boundaries on a flat track? This isn't just against Eng, we have failed to score in excess of 260 against, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka & Ireland under his captaincy, whilst under Afridi, we regularly hit big scores. The fans have been bought up on a diet of exciting cricket & whilst his approach is acceptable in tests, this is not what we expect in limited overs. Hafeez as captain & new talent required.

  • Xeishan on February 28, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Life is tough and specially as being a Pakistani player but when you are the man in charge of a team that has been resurrected from the abyss it will be even harder - I think its time for Misbah the captain to reflect upon his performances in ODI/ T20's and pass on the realm - "NO" doubt he has done wonders for the test side but one has to look no further then what Aussies did with Punter.

  • Atif on February 28, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Go misbah plzzzzzz. where is cricket board policy of retiring players forcefully at age of 35 or even b4 that. if greats like waqar, yousuf, wasim are forced to do so why not the stupid mishab.

  • Shahzeb on February 28, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    100% right said. Misbah should be retained as captain of the test team but he is misfit in ODI and T20 cricket. He ruined the pakistan run chase. He should not have come out to bat in the first place. After Awais Zia dismissal, he should have sent Umer Akmal or Shahid Afridi to bat with 80 odd runs required and in almost run-a-ball. In that case, the game would have been won in the 18th or 19 over. Misbah just messed up all.

  • Umer Farooq - SA on February 28, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    I still remember when the great Imran khan used to dictate his selectors as which player he would want in this team and one he does not want to be part of his team. The great example was 92 world cup where Waqar Yunis was dropped on discipline. Everyone was criticizing him for not including Waqar. But he produced result in the form of the world cup triumph. He knew the art to deal with each individual and how to bring the most out of each player. Today we need to learn that art. Misbah, with all due respect to the recent test cricket glories does not match to that ART Misbah should have been questioned for including Shoaib Malik in the squad at first place. I think it was just a returned of a good gesture shown by Shoaib Malik to Misbah in the T20 world cup in South Africa. If Pakistan cricket will run on friendship and favoritism then there will be no consistency in the team performance

  • REHAN SALEEM on February 28, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    I think Misbah is not the sufficient player of T20Is. He should have to be resigned from playing T20Is.

  • akmal on February 28, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    He doesn't deserve to be in the ODI or T20 teams. His captaincy should be left to test cricket alone. Akmal Kenya.

  • Saeed on February 28, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Agreed. Will Misbah be around in 2015 for the next world cup? We should start building for this now, appoint maybe Hafeez as captain (although his form is questionable).We need stronger batters, drop Akmal, get a proper keeper. The chances given to pietersen cost us the series, also we need to try out some fast bowlers, where are khalil and Talha??

  • Gohar Bashir on February 28, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    we could have won, but misbah played very well

  • ak on February 28, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    of course its d limit....wat we saw yesterday is really unbearable...plz plz plz pcb throw him out o else once more u will b digging ur own grave...

  • najamkhan on February 28, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    use Misbah as a test captain, but for ODI and T20 afridi should be one who leads them.

  • UJ on February 28, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    I completely agree with Kamran over here. Mizbah has brought a lot of respect and Stability to Pakistan Cricket in the Test arena and we should sincerely thank and appreciate his efforts. However, on should also understand that every human being has limitations and Mizbah's attitude or the operating style might not be suited to the shorter format. Like Kamran said we should look at the long term prospect of Pakistan cricket and not today or tomorrow. Mizbah with all due respect to you for all your efforts for Pakistan cricket in the difficult times but please understand that you need to do justice to yourself and to Pakistan crcket in the shorter version of the game. There is only that much one can do!!! So no offence but may you should step aside to make way for someone else in the shorter version of the game.

  • Bob Chow on February 28, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Perfect article.

    Pakistan need to turn this defeat into a lesson learned, this is not the world cup after all, (wink wink).

    It is up to the PCB to make the necessery arrangments now which should allow Misbah to fine tune his skills for test cricket further and/or ODI. We dont want to see him in limited overs cricket ever again, maybe not even as a player other than as a stand in.

  • Naeem on February 28, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Kudos to Eng, Flower has given importance to the shorter form of the game - unlike Fletcher - it is beginning to show.

    However, i cant help not thinking Pak were hungover from the Test victory and furthermore never quite got their starting XI settled throughout the shorter version.

    Much has been spoken about Misbah and Moshin, yet we cant detract from the fact that Misbah is 38 and won't make the next WC - plus where Eng fielded so many youngsters in the field - Pak struggled even more than usual with their older players.

    Moshin was never a tactical appointment but a motivational one, which was exposed in the ODIs and T20's. The side was never settled in selection or the batting order...Misbah played one of the most strangest inns and led to Pak's downfall. Despite the death bowling of Eng, if any side loses when needing 36 off 30 balls with 7 wkts in hand...is a failure!

    If Strauss can only lead the Test side - i'm sure Misbah can do the same for Pak, as everyone is building..

  • Zaid_sl on February 28, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Ever since I was born n started 2 feel wots happening in the world iv been a hardcore fan of pak cricket.they r talented only barrier they'v been having is lack of unity n comittment which misbah has brought into the team.by keep changing the captaincy wil bring instability 2 the side.v should rather bring in whatmore 2 address the technical prblems the players have,he'l also b able 2 change misbah's strategy.the other step is 2 bring a comitted n honest selector,not the guy who prefers his in laws.select talented cricketers but more emphasis should b given to team players,players who r willing 2 play according 2 teams requirements.not people lik umar akmal.bring in young talented,comitted guys like shehzad,nasir jamshed,anwar ali,asim kamal.problem is not wiz misbah's captaincy.his approach can b changed

  • Rahid on February 28, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    No doubt he is one of the best honcho among Pakis but for limited versions his standard is not up to the mark as captain. Pakistan should bring back Afridi as captain before T20 world cup.

  • nasir on February 28, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    In a match where only 11 boundaries came in the first innings and only 8 in the second innings, why in the world were Umar Akmal and Misbah trying so hard to 'heave' for boundaries in the last few overs? In the last four overs of Pakistan's innings their six 'heaves' brought only 1 run and 1 wicket! If they instead went for ones and twos they would have won the game at a canter!

  • Ammy on February 28, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Misbah's style of batting chokes his partners into playing risky shots. I can't recall a single instance when Inzamam or even M Yousuf kept taking singles despite being older at the crease and asked their junior to do the hitting a few balls into his innings.Misbah comes across as someone who considers himself a superhero. He is like that manager who keenly supervises his sub ordinates but in doing so, fails to do the tasks (other than supervising) which are as critical a part of his job. How the Management(PCB)responds to such a confused manager who needs to sort out his priorities remains to be seen. More importantly, can this manager transform into a leader who the youngsters can look upto? Answers needed soon, or time will run out!

  • NM on February 28, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    changing the captain after a series loss is not good. Why did you not suggest the change of captain a few weeks ago when he was winning against srilanka, bangladesh etc? At that time was he young enough that he was part of the long-term development? He might have not been given captaincy at all as he is an old man, but people have a short memory, they forgot why he was appointed as a captain. He was appointed after all the foolishness of younis khan and shahid afridi.

  • sabkhan on February 28, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Indeed, much of Pakistan’s recovery in one-day cricket, culminating in the World Cup semi-final in Mohali, was during Shahid Afridi’s captaincy. Cannot agree more..

  • Farhan on February 28, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Just thorw Misbah to such place where Pakistan cricket could not find him. He is the MUJRIM of pakistan cricket lovers

  • Noman Aziz on February 28, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Oops Misbah did it again, he set up another chase and flopped it again! The Maha Raja of dot balls is no longer T20 stuff...

  • Umair Khalid on February 28, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Shameful defeat from a winning position. Whose to blame? Misbah! He wasted so many balls even though Afridi and Hamad were still to bat. Misbah, Shoaib, Hafeez, Younis, Farhat should be shown the door in one days and T20's. Players like Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir jamshed and Kamran Akmal should be brought back for one days and T20's.

  • fahad on February 28, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    I still think misbah can do wonders in the odi format and till we dont groom a worthy candidate in odi's misbah should be the captain.However twenty20 is another game we need more fresh blood and younger agile talent the old horses have to go I suggest misbah and shoaib malik should be shown the door and two younger batting talents should be tried one for pinch hitting and one for stability. I would like to see hafeez as a twenty20 captain time to put the professors cricket phd to some use I am still doubtful abt zia but i think he is a work in progress and should be given a chance we need new people not the same old rotation policy involving our aging horses btw we can also try a non akmal keeper might be a positive chance....... in short misbah miracle was never for twenty20.

  • Tariq on February 28, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    I certainly agree with you Mr. Abbasi. The losses in limited over matches by Pakistan has a lot to do with Misbah's captaincy. Being too defensive does not always pay the best dividends. At times, offense is the best defence. Even the last T20 match in Abu Dhabi, in my opinion, is lost due to batting order of our batsmen. Misbah should have sent Umar Akmal, Hammad Azam, Shoaib Malik and then himself. Afridi should have been brought in towards the end. On the balling side, Umar Gul should have been replaced with Shoaib as soon as he was found to be too expensive. But Shoaib was not used at all. Its all to be blamed on the captain as he is the man in-charge in the field.

  • Yasir Khalid on February 28, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    I definitely agree with you Abbasi... Misbah is great as captain of Pakistan's test team... and he should be replaced in at least the T20 format. I do not understand why Pakistan must have the same captain in all formats. We should take a lesson from this defeat and have different captains for our limited overs teams... But then rises a key question. Who will replace Misbah? The obvious choice would be Afridi... I would say, if he can get back in form, even Hafeez can be a contender...

  • hammad on February 28, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    oh, yes, indeed. moreover the expressions on the face of misbah when he was unable to maneuver the balls even for singles, forget big hits, were telling all the story. such feelings of helplessness are just Unforgivable. the style of him suits best for tests, when he can wait and wait and wait for the loose ball, and even smash some sixes in between. these sixes don't qualify him for one day San t20!!

    he should realise himself that he should retire from limited over team himself, rather than drag himself on, at the cost of team.

  • Zoomzoom on February 28, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    All teams must have realized by now that the easiest way to defeat Pakistan is to let them bat second. Their batting failure has been totally exposed in this series in all formats. PCB should look into this area seriously. They should look for different captain for one days and T20 format. Misbah as captain for one-day and T-20 is totally unfit.

  • Faisal Wavdi on February 28, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    Since taking over Captaincy in Test Cricket Misbah's approach has been very deffensive though it has bear fruits in Test Cricket. But the 50 and 20 Over formats are played on entirely different terms. Misbah alone should be blamed for losses in One-Dayers and T20 the Selection of Team and Coach as well, as there was no planing or home work was witness in the recently concluded series. Younis Khan wisely choose to retire from T20 soom after winning the World Cup. Its Time for Mishbah to quit short formats gracefully. Also Selection of Team should be with new Faces rather selecting Son In-Laws again and again.

  • Dr. Talha on February 28, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi i agree Misbah shold be removed from captaincy in ODIs and T20, but why dont you write an article on players like "Hafeez" & "Younis". They are failing constantly for the last 8-10 years in every format (except younis in tests, and yet they are in the playing eleven. Look at their stats against major test playing nation and you will get the answer. Hafeez is probably the worst player ever to have played so much cricket.

  • Ali H on February 28, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, you surprise me. Right when Pakistan cricket is getting its repuation back on track, you want to revert to the exact same situation where had Afridi abandon his team in the middle of a series, Salman Butt got involve in spot fixing (took the team down with him) and Shoaib Malik played doormat as a captain. I dont see Mr. Strauss being questioned after being whitewashed by the number 6 test team in the world.

    If you want to talk about the long term devlopment of the game, you need stable leadership which develops talent and there is no better man than Misbah. Which other captain would have given Junaid the last over, brought back Cheema, given Hamamad a go. Misbah backs his team, brings a sense of calm in the squad....everyone has a chance to showcase what they have.

    It seems that you have the shortest view of all. Misbah has gotten the world to respect Pak cricket again. More importantly, the 12 year old future middle order pakistani batsman is watching cricket again

  • Zuhair Anwar on February 28, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    A player like Ricky Ponting had to be told that his tiem was up in the ODI format. I wonder who will make Misbah realize the same.

  • Amir on February 28, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Misbah is almost 40 years old. He will not be around for long. He has been good foundation of Pakistan cricket for test cricket, but the limited overs format requires much more dynamic and enthusiastic player to lead the team from all angles. This format requires new blood with some young talented players already playing for the team. Both Misbah and Shoaib Malik has no place in the limited overs format. It is urgently needed to replace both of them with talented players to find players like Yousaf, Inzimam, Younis, etc.

  • asadraza on February 28, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    Totally agreed with Kamran, but I feel he's not being as much open as should be. It is crystal clear that Misbah is the one who laid down us many of t20's.

  • Gohar on February 28, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Well, i don't want to abuse Misbah but one thing is for sure that Misbah lack that energy which is tradition of Pakistan cricket. What Afridi during his captaincy did was brought back that passion. If Zaka Ashraf is sensible he should go straight to Misbah and ask to focus only in Test without any Prejudice he is the right man to lead Pakistan Test team.

  • Mobeen Khan on February 28, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    Kamran Abbas,

    Whosoever you are!! Your content adds insult to injury!! You have the inclination and time to pen absurdity and laud the three-ring-circus (Misbah-management-and pantywaist Shoaib Malik). I would rather say thank you and dont bother the populace or you buy a ticket and spend half day in the stadium with your brethern who always hope against hope!You might empathise!!! Cricket is the first, last and only resort for our entertainment, while we survive under the domain of zardaris and MFRs.

    Misbah will go down in history as the most desultory captain that ever walked on earth. The test series win belongs to our bowlers, who always bowl theri heart out. Misbah didnt register a captains knock on any of the matches. He should be rechristened as Judas. He is to cricket what zardari is to the nation.

    If he has brought stability to a capsizing vessel, let him spare all of us and be a non playing captain - as a 12th man who can captain sitting in the bench!!!!

  • Umair Huda on February 28, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    I fully agreed with Kamran Abbasi, now it's clear that Misbah is not a match winner in T20 or in One day cricket and it's time to bring a new captain and build up a team for world cup, I think again Shahid Afridi is a good choice. No more comments:(

  • khurram shahzad on February 28, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Absolutely,,,,,,,,Misbah is neither capable of ODI nor T20.he has always been putting pak side in difficult position. even his place is not confirmed how he is captaining Pak. Regretfully ,He should leave himself after such an embarrassment. Shame ...........

  • basharatrehman on February 28, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Misbah's lack of vision and understanding of match situation was evident even before he messed up what should have been a comfortable chase. After Umar Gul had gone for 22 runs in 2 overs he brought him back while spinners were conceding 2 or 3 runs an over. It was the time he should have tried Shoaib Maliks spin for an over. Gul conceded another 10 runs in his 3rd over and I thought that was end of Gul and Malik will bowl an over or 2. He brought Gul back for his 4th over and that is where we lost the match...Umar Gul 4 overs 40 runs, one third of Englands total. Then chasing,17 runs required in last 2 overs, he plays two dott balls in the end of 19th over. He did the same thing what he did in World cup semifinal. He does not understand ODI or T20 format. PCB should know that age has catched up on him. He does not deserve a place in ODI's or T20's let alone the Captaincy. He should even retire from test cricket also. It Give someone else a chance. Dont expect MIRACLES from a Grandpa.

  • Rehan on February 28, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Fans had enough of Misbah and it's time for Pakistan cricket to move on. He reminded us of his inability to finish off games (t20 final and world cup semi final ). Pakistan batsman historically has been great finishers but misbah is a different breed

  • muneeb on February 28, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Actually or by by default whenever pakistan loose a one day game(chasing) blame falls on Misbah.Though one would question his ability to score runs in limited format,but one should no walk away with the idea that most of victories in ODIs last year was due to his good form .He Averaged about 83 last yr in ODIs while chasing.Secondly its just a one series loss,so there should be no alarm bells.Few minor areas are to be looked after.Thridly wt choice we do have Afridi but wt he did after Lords test against Aus and even after ODI series in West Indies.I still believe Misbah is the right choice allthough many people would disagree.

  • ahsan on February 28, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    i think misbah should retire frm t20s...he is so defensive that has cost pak many matches..including wc semi.....why hammad and afridi were not promoted to bat higher....and why he persist with malik.....all is illogical.....pak lost frm comfortable position when they needed a run a ball....

  • Hasan Jafar on February 28, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    The short answer to your question is a resounding yes. I have no qualms with Misbah captaining the Test side as long as he is fit and is scoring runs and displays cool leadership. But ODIs and T20Is are a different ball game and Misbah has not shown the adaptability to make the change to the shorter form of cricket. In the last World Cup, I thought he was partly responsible for Pakistan's loss to India because of his slow approach. Clearly, I'll hold him responsible for missing a much gettable target of 23 runs in three overs with plenty of wickets in hand. No, I think he has played his last T20I for Pakistan.

  • jehanzeb on February 28, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    I think time has come now to move on Misbah had his moments he got enough chances to improve himself in shorter version of the game but so far he has really disappointed with his pathatic captaincy and deffenssive approach. you cant win matches with deffenssive tactics you need to be agressive and proactive which misbah lacks at some time beside that he is unable to read the tempo of the game at time becomes too slow with run rate which creat pressure on other batsman .He also lack innovations in his approach keeping shahid afridi at no 8 dosent making a sense waisting him he should send him up the order as a attacking insint as he batted well up the order.I think misbah should gave captaincy to shahid afridi as he lead the team well during the worldcup it ws afridi who united the team and now misbah leading that team so gave back to afridi i m sure he will bring back pakistan on winning track.

  • Rahul on February 28, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    I have always liked your articles Kamran on Pak cricket. This time you are being a bit harsh on Misbah.I feel it is one off situation where in Pakistan is beaten in ODI and T20 (both formats where Pakistan is better than England). It happens in Cricket and I believe Misbah should be given extended run since he has the support of players. I would be keen to see how Pakistan plays against a demoralised India in Asia cup.

  • Faisal on February 28, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Pakistan should be looking at next worldcup. They should start building the team in a positive manner. Misbah should be given one more odi series as a chance. There is no harm in having two different captains for different formats of the game. If they were to change the captain for ODI than in my opinion it should be younis khan,though team ows a lot to afridi especially his performance in t20 worldcup but he is just not the right material for captaincy. There is no position for shoaib malik in the team, definitely not, Pakistan has a lot of talent in domestic cricket, Razzaq should be brought back for atleast t20's and pakistan must play Junaid khan if Pakistan wants to do exceptionally well in next worldcup.

  • Zaki Haider on February 28, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    The problem started in first T20 WC where Misbah couldn't win at least 2 matches for Pakistan (both against India). And in domestic season; I have seen he let Faisalabad down on more than one occasion. The semi final of WC 2011 is another example of Misbah's excellence in not getting quick runs. He has a polar bear approach but the difference is that Misbah can hibernate any day any time... It is sad that Afridi is not our limited format captain.

    Misbah has no doubt done wonders to our test side but he is 38+ now and I am 100% he can't live longer in international cricket for more than one and a half year at most! so why not start preparing someone else with him who can be benefited from his loads of experience and defensive tactics...

  • Ray on February 28, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Kick out Shoaib adn Imran Farhat. Misbah, well, maybe he should only be captain for tests. If England can have three captains, why can't we have atleast two? The demands of all formats are very different. Its about time we realize this and make the change. Most teams have done it, we should also do this. Afridi should be T20 and ODI captain. Hammad Azam should be groomed as well.

  • DK on February 28, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    What rubbish! Such a typical Pakistani method of thinking. Just a few months ago, when we crushed SL in the ODI series, everyone was hunky-dory. Now a series loss and the crow starts crying to fire the captain. This is the problem with Pakistani cricket, and in fact Pakistan in general; no patience, every think ad-hoc, hire and fire. As if baap ka raaj hai. Chill the F out and let Misbah continue. Tell Afridi that it's about time he grows the F up or face the consequences, tell Umar Akmal to buy a bag of patience, kick out Imran Farhat, give Junaid Khan more practice. Meanwhile, continue with Azhar Ali, Asad Shafique, and yes, kick out Mr Sania Mirza too. Good day.

  • SN Qazi on February 28, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    I think Misbah may have a year or two left to continue as Captain of the Test Team . However , as far as representing on the ODI and T 20 Teams he no longer can justify his inclusion as a Team Member . He takes much too long to warm up and is incapable of accelerating his run rate or being able to bat and make runs consistent with the needs of the situation . The result is that he puts pressure on the latter batsmen who after his singles and dots have to accelerate . It is time he and also Younus Khan also retire from ODIs and T 20 s . Whatmore's joining should help the players in all the three forms of the Team to work with him to improve their serious technical defects .

  • Mushtaq Hussein on February 28, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Misbah is not the right choise of for captain in the shorter format of the game. Misbah shoul replace by Shahid Afridi or Umar Gul as a captain. Actually misbah didn't deserves the place in the T/20 cricket. Cricinfo Please publish my comment

  • H.Malik on February 28, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Agreed to some extent with your write-up sir But in my humble opinion introduction of two SCREWING MINDS AND MENTALITY into the winning combination ( my name sake S and Chewing S ) made the difference between the WINNERS Team - Misbah and The YOYOs of the ODI and T20 . I regret to reintroduce my now pet nickname for the Side Egoistic Hyper Personal YoYos who can not have their feets firmly grounded after any success . Misbah may be at fault by so called trying to return the favours either to Old friends SM & IF or giving in to the Demands of Uncles and Fathers of these spent out repeated failed players OR is he paying back the favours of his career revivals was there any sinister play to cut to his size ( Mohsan Khan's adventrous claim ! ) You can never know the real thing behind this sudden drop in all sort of form,shape,attitude,apptitude... Or Is the YOYO once again on its downwards trejectory .

  • Omair on February 28, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    Surely! Its a much needed call. Will do no harm and all good to all. Pakistan Cricket, Misbah and fans if a decent exit from limited overs cricket is phased for Misbah. We should do it in a way that shows gratitude to Misbah for stemming the rot and steadying the ship and handing over the reins to someone else. Hafeez to me is the logical heir but his insipid performances on this tour have not helped his cause. I so wish he somehow gets back to at least averaging 40 with the bat on all tours to merit his place in all 3 versions. Comes across as a good aggressive cricketing brain. and please, no more going back to Afridi!!!

  • soban on February 28, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Lets face the facts, he is incompetent when it comes to chase. Ask any person with a shred of cricket knowledge, and he will tell you that regardless what kind of game is been played, you do not leave the run chase for last three overs with 7 wickets in hand. Batsmen have a bat to make score not a magic wand. And assuming that bowlers are just gonna let you make score in couple of overs is a mistake that even a moron wont make but apparently Misbah does that. Not once but many time. Remember World Cup semifinal? This last T20 against England was just a 20 over version of that.

    I dont really know what is more painful that Pakistan lost a game that looked already won or the fact that Misbah did not give us a chance to win.

    The way he brought the pressure on rest of the batsmen, is so apparent that one keeps banging his head wondering what was he thinking. At the end of his game, if Misbah cannot see this then perhaps he should let someone else with courage take the charge.

  • Vic on February 28, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Misbah should never have been the captain of the odi and T20 squad. In sales business it is said that ' you would rather be lucky than good ' and so is Misbah in the test format. He is just milking the captaincy 'paycheck'---for as long as they will keep him there. Was this the promise to him for losing against india in the semi finals. The odi's and the T20 belong to those who are brave and lead from the front. In the T20's pakistan has missed an open armed hitter in the shape of Abdul Razzaq. There is not a single strike batsman in pak team that can hit like him. Razzaq had good games against the english team.

  • faisa anjum on February 28, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    I agreed with Mr. Abbasi. It is generally understoodable and visible that Misbah has not proved himself in shorter format of game (one day or T20). He led down us in world cup semi final where i beleive he played about 30 deliveries to score "1" run and since then until yesterday, he has not proved himself suitable for this short formats. My request to PCB is to take steps in a way which should lead the country and players in a dynamic route. In my opinion, Shahid Afridi is suitable for one day and T20 formats and alongwith him, Hafeez should be developed for future purpose. So by the next World Cup, Hafeez should be ready and able to lead the team to victory. thanks with sincere wishes for Pakistan & Pakistan cricket.

  • getsetgopk on February 28, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Rightly said Kamran, Afridi should never have been replaced by Misbah in the limited overs cricket in the first place now the result is out there in front of every body including Misbah himself, and Misbah should take it on the chin and admit that his style of leadership is not helping Pakistan cricket so why hung on to something that you personally know will bring you more shame than fame. There is no shame in that, look at England for example, I have heard Andrew Strauss admit in press conferences countless times that England are not a good limited overs team and that their strength is the five day game. You cant hide behind excuses forever, you have to honestly judge the situation and hopefuly you reach the decision of quiting limited overs cricket and let Afridi take charge. The whole country would adore you for that.

  • Haroon Rasheed on February 28, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    I am sorry Misbah i respect you a lot but not more than my country Pakistan, why not Pakistani cricketer understand that how much we "PAKISTANI" emotionally attached with cricket and many time we release that Pakistani cricket team is noy playing cricket but playing with our EMOTIONS.

    Yesterday was the biggest display of our cricketer crime where they have killed us by losing very easy match...i must say i am getting may be the same feeling like they "ENGLAND" once again caputre my loving country.

    We all must heard about honour killing in my advise MISBAH should take honour retirement and handover the captaincy to someone...but my question who is someone????????? i don't find any fighter in my current team who can fight for the win not just play. Now it is too i am agree with the fomula of having 3 different captains for all format of cricket.

    A Pakistani (who loves cricket)

  • Abu Hamd on February 28, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    It would be stupidity of PCB to keep Misbah as ODI and T20.He doesn't even deserve to be in ODI and T20 teams at all.It is time when Younus khan,Misbah Ul haq,Shaib Malik,Hafeez and Awais must be dropped from ODI and T20 formats. Ahmed Shehzad,Imran Nazir,Abdul Razzaq and Nasir Jamshed must be drafted in ODIs and T20s if PCB wants to save Pakistan image in the cricket.

  • Mehmudah Rehman on February 28, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Indeed, Misbah's innings yesterday was painful to watch! Someone needs to remove him from his misery of playing ODI's and especially T20 cricket.

    This is a classic example from Hero to Zero.

  • Harry on February 28, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Misbah has without a doubt done wonders, leading the side when they were down and out. And one series defeat cannot crucify or judge Misbah's captaincy, as I guess this One-day and T20 series are the only in the last one-and-a-half year where Pakistan have failed.

    We cannot blame one person for these defeats, as Pakistan have failed as a whole unit in both ODIs and T20s.

    Though I admit Misbah did one mistake in selecting the team for the last ODI I think, going with one pacer.

    The media is certainly portraying that Misbah does not suit for ODI and T20's captaincy. But why we all are so quick in passing judgements. It was all of us who were supporting Misbah's captaincy for the past year-and-a-half when Pakistan was achieving consistent results. And now suddenly, two series' defeats, and we have changed our minds.

    Whatever everyone suggest, I will still say, Misbah forge a perfect unit and aim to become World Champions in every format of the game.

    Pakistan Zindabad!

  • Rashid Pasha on February 28, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Pakistan's lack of depth & sensibility in batting was exposed in both one-days and T20s. Plus the defensive approach by Misbah yesterday was poor tactics. 36 runs from 30 balls and 6 wickets in hand and to end up in the losing side is a crime.

    Imran Khan's approach was to play like Tigers:attack and conquer while Misbah's is to play like Horses:leave the full dash for the final lap. Misbah needs to understand, Luck favours the brave and Pakistanis rather live a day like Lions than a 100 like jackals.

  • Harry on February 28, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Misbah has without a doubt done wonders, leading the side when they were down and out. And one series defeat cannot crucify or judge Misbah's captaincy, as I guess this One-day and T20 series are the only in the last one-and-a-half year where Pakistan have failed.

    We cannot blame one person for these defeats, as Pakistan have failed as a whole unit in both ODIs and T20s.

    Though I admit Misbah did one mistake in selecting the team for the last ODI I think, going with one pacer.

    The media is certainly portraying that Misbah does not suit for ODI and T20's captaincy. But why we all are so quick in passing judgements. It was all of us who were supporting Misbah's captaincy for the past year-and-a-half when Pakistan was achieving consistent results. And now suddenly, two series' defeats, and we have changed our minds.

    Whatever everyone suggest, I will still say, Misbah forge a perfect unit and aim to become World Champions in all formats of the game.

    Pakistan Zindabad!

  • Imran on February 28, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    Right on the money! T20 format is for hard hitters like shazaib, ahmed shehzad, hammad azam and sohail tanveer. tired shoulders simply cannot carry the burden anymore...

  • Salik on February 28, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    Absolutely appropriate and unbiased analysis of Misbah's status. PCB has to take some quick actions to lead pakistan cricket's ways to world t20 this year.

  • Karim on February 28, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    With the way he batted again today, no wonder his monniker of 'Misfired' ul Haq is well-earned. He cannot be retained as captain of the one day and 20/20 teams any longer. He did not play one match winning innings and his tactics (such as they were) left everything to be desired. In fact his captaincy was completely lacking in imagination. For example, why don't they change the batting order as circumstances demand? One of either Afridi or Hammad should have been sent in earlier to give the innings impetus again after the fall of the third wicket but they just stick to the same rigid batting order. Or the bowlers: not one bouncer was bowled as a surprise delivery. Not one 50 was scored in the 20/20 series and that's symptomatic of the batting malaise. And when someone as mediocre as Hafeez is being talked about as a possible limited over games captain. that says it all.

  • Zubair - Rawalpindi on February 28, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    Assalaam O Alykum wa rahmat ullahe wa barakatuh! I think Misbah's technique is (now) tailor-made for slow (read Test) cricket. His captaincy may be considered good due to success of Saeed Ajmal and Abdul Rahman in Tests. His bowling changes were somewhat intelligent but unfortunately batting order changes were out of focus. Insisting with Malik was also not understandable. His game plan flopped in ODI's and T20. He was really fortunate to win first ODI after his slow batting (courtsey Umar Gul nad Saeed Ajmal's exceptional death-overs bowling). Misbah has got a tag of Captain tuk-tuk. His role in last T20's defeat was that of a villian. Painful meories of his dot-balls in defeat of WC2011; semi-final are everlasting of any Pakistan cricket lover. Misbah! Please stick to Test cricket for now and leave ODI and T20 for younger energetic legs. Give a well-deserved break (in ODI and T20) to heart-break lovers of Pakistan cricket. Zubair Rawalpindi

  • muzz on February 28, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    well said - he is cool and calculating in test cricket but almost freezes in limited over -some times it becomes painful to watch him bat, he has never given a single over to hammad/shoib's role was questionable? holding shahid afridi until end on top of all these he himself does not justify his batting style in limited overs - it is time for him to do strauss or ricky ponting act otherwise he will be remembered as 'painfully slow looser' time for fresh blood.

  • Anees Razzak on February 27, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    spot on. misbah is completely out of tune. it seems he only plays for his average. Pakistan really need to introduce more shafiq's into the team; although that's hardly likely given the reluctance to pick Karachi based players.

    shoaib malik's inclusion is a debatable to say the least. he's failed on 4 consecutive tours yet gets a place because of his contact. farhat also needs to go. hafeez too can't cut it against the bigger teams. finally, a batting coach like whatmore is needed to get the guys to work on their abysmal techniques!

  • Shaheed Faiz on February 27, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    You are absolutely right. Misbah plays every type of game with "Test State of Mind". It will never work at current times when opponents use the attacking strategies. Only best way is the counter attack that Misbah lacks in his approach towards the shorter form of the game. And the "Young Lad" can't change because its like expecting him to change his personality. He needs to step down for at least T20s before doing the same for ODIs. He shouldn't be the one leading in upcoming T20 World Cup. I would give a chance to Professor Mohammed Hafeez.

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  • Shaheed Faiz on February 27, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    You are absolutely right. Misbah plays every type of game with "Test State of Mind". It will never work at current times when opponents use the attacking strategies. Only best way is the counter attack that Misbah lacks in his approach towards the shorter form of the game. And the "Young Lad" can't change because its like expecting him to change his personality. He needs to step down for at least T20s before doing the same for ODIs. He shouldn't be the one leading in upcoming T20 World Cup. I would give a chance to Professor Mohammed Hafeez.

  • Anees Razzak on February 27, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    spot on. misbah is completely out of tune. it seems he only plays for his average. Pakistan really need to introduce more shafiq's into the team; although that's hardly likely given the reluctance to pick Karachi based players.

    shoaib malik's inclusion is a debatable to say the least. he's failed on 4 consecutive tours yet gets a place because of his contact. farhat also needs to go. hafeez too can't cut it against the bigger teams. finally, a batting coach like whatmore is needed to get the guys to work on their abysmal techniques!

  • muzz on February 28, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    well said - he is cool and calculating in test cricket but almost freezes in limited over -some times it becomes painful to watch him bat, he has never given a single over to hammad/shoib's role was questionable? holding shahid afridi until end on top of all these he himself does not justify his batting style in limited overs - it is time for him to do strauss or ricky ponting act otherwise he will be remembered as 'painfully slow looser' time for fresh blood.

  • Zubair - Rawalpindi on February 28, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    Assalaam O Alykum wa rahmat ullahe wa barakatuh! I think Misbah's technique is (now) tailor-made for slow (read Test) cricket. His captaincy may be considered good due to success of Saeed Ajmal and Abdul Rahman in Tests. His bowling changes were somewhat intelligent but unfortunately batting order changes were out of focus. Insisting with Malik was also not understandable. His game plan flopped in ODI's and T20. He was really fortunate to win first ODI after his slow batting (courtsey Umar Gul nad Saeed Ajmal's exceptional death-overs bowling). Misbah has got a tag of Captain tuk-tuk. His role in last T20's defeat was that of a villian. Painful meories of his dot-balls in defeat of WC2011; semi-final are everlasting of any Pakistan cricket lover. Misbah! Please stick to Test cricket for now and leave ODI and T20 for younger energetic legs. Give a well-deserved break (in ODI and T20) to heart-break lovers of Pakistan cricket. Zubair Rawalpindi

  • Karim on February 28, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    With the way he batted again today, no wonder his monniker of 'Misfired' ul Haq is well-earned. He cannot be retained as captain of the one day and 20/20 teams any longer. He did not play one match winning innings and his tactics (such as they were) left everything to be desired. In fact his captaincy was completely lacking in imagination. For example, why don't they change the batting order as circumstances demand? One of either Afridi or Hammad should have been sent in earlier to give the innings impetus again after the fall of the third wicket but they just stick to the same rigid batting order. Or the bowlers: not one bouncer was bowled as a surprise delivery. Not one 50 was scored in the 20/20 series and that's symptomatic of the batting malaise. And when someone as mediocre as Hafeez is being talked about as a possible limited over games captain. that says it all.

  • Salik on February 28, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    Absolutely appropriate and unbiased analysis of Misbah's status. PCB has to take some quick actions to lead pakistan cricket's ways to world t20 this year.

  • Imran on February 28, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    Right on the money! T20 format is for hard hitters like shazaib, ahmed shehzad, hammad azam and sohail tanveer. tired shoulders simply cannot carry the burden anymore...

  • Harry on February 28, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Misbah has without a doubt done wonders, leading the side when they were down and out. And one series defeat cannot crucify or judge Misbah's captaincy, as I guess this One-day and T20 series are the only in the last one-and-a-half year where Pakistan have failed.

    We cannot blame one person for these defeats, as Pakistan have failed as a whole unit in both ODIs and T20s.

    Though I admit Misbah did one mistake in selecting the team for the last ODI I think, going with one pacer.

    The media is certainly portraying that Misbah does not suit for ODI and T20's captaincy. But why we all are so quick in passing judgements. It was all of us who were supporting Misbah's captaincy for the past year-and-a-half when Pakistan was achieving consistent results. And now suddenly, two series' defeats, and we have changed our minds.

    Whatever everyone suggest, I will still say, Misbah forge a perfect unit and aim to become World Champions in all formats of the game.

    Pakistan Zindabad!

  • Rashid Pasha on February 28, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Pakistan's lack of depth & sensibility in batting was exposed in both one-days and T20s. Plus the defensive approach by Misbah yesterday was poor tactics. 36 runs from 30 balls and 6 wickets in hand and to end up in the losing side is a crime.

    Imran Khan's approach was to play like Tigers:attack and conquer while Misbah's is to play like Horses:leave the full dash for the final lap. Misbah needs to understand, Luck favours the brave and Pakistanis rather live a day like Lions than a 100 like jackals.

  • Harry on February 28, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Misbah has without a doubt done wonders, leading the side when they were down and out. And one series defeat cannot crucify or judge Misbah's captaincy, as I guess this One-day and T20 series are the only in the last one-and-a-half year where Pakistan have failed.

    We cannot blame one person for these defeats, as Pakistan have failed as a whole unit in both ODIs and T20s.

    Though I admit Misbah did one mistake in selecting the team for the last ODI I think, going with one pacer.

    The media is certainly portraying that Misbah does not suit for ODI and T20's captaincy. But why we all are so quick in passing judgements. It was all of us who were supporting Misbah's captaincy for the past year-and-a-half when Pakistan was achieving consistent results. And now suddenly, two series' defeats, and we have changed our minds.

    Whatever everyone suggest, I will still say, Misbah forge a perfect unit and aim to become World Champions in every format of the game.

    Pakistan Zindabad!