May 31, 2012

Pakistan cricket

With Whatmore at his side Misbah may make side purr

Carlyle Laurie

Amol Rajan, writing for the Independent, says that Pakistan captain Misbah ul-Haq has rescued a team afflicted by corruption scandals and terrorism with such verve that they go into a seven-week tour of Sri Lanka this week as the best side in the sub-continent.

Now Misbah has a coach who shares his professionalism. Dav Whatmore, who masterminded Sri Lanka's 1996 World Cup triumph, says: "I don't think anybody can dispute Misbah brings incredible leadership qualities to the party." This formula has the potential to presage a new era of Pakistani greatness. Given the ignominy visited on the side less than two years ago, that we can even hope for such a thing testifies to the quality of these two leaders, leadership being something Pakistani cricket has had precious little of.

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