Caribbean Premier League 2013 July 25, 2013

Misbah to play in Caribbean Premier League

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Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain, will replace Australia's Luke Pomersbach in the St Lucia Zouks side for the inaugural Caribbean Premier League season. Pomersbach has been forced to pull out of the tournament, which begins next week, on compassionate leave. Misbah will enter the competition fresh from a Man-of-the-Series performance in the one-day series against West Indies, which ended on Wednesday.

"Although it is unfortunate that Luke Pomersbach will not be joining us, we have a high-quality replacement in Misbah-ul-Haq," Matthew Maynard, the Zouks assistant coach, said. "He brings with him a vast amount of experience of international cricket, something that will only be of benefit to our younger players, and his latest Twenty20 performance speaks for itself. On top of that he has been in excellent form during the recent ODI series against West Indies so he is completely acclimatised and match-ready and that is an added plus for us and for him."

Misbah, who led Faisalabad Wolves to victory in Pakistan's Super Eight T-20 Cup in March, will join Darren Sammy and Tino Best, as well as overseas players Herschelle Gibbs, Albie Morkel and Tamim Iqbal at the Zouks. He was the highest run-getter in the recently concluded series against West Indies, with 260 runs in five ODIs, including four fifties.

The Caribbean Premier League starts on July 30 in Barbados and concludes on August 24 in Trinidad.

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  • CricketMatchSpecial on July 25, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Very good selection. More Pakistan players should participate in the T20 leagues around the world. Pakistan players carry a natural flair with them.

    How did Pakistan's strategy completely turn around in the last 15 years? 15 years years ago, they used to blood youngsters like Hassan Raza into the team. Now, they are looking to include old players into the team. Do not misunderstand me, there is nothing wrong with inclusion of older players like Misbah if they are good. But, why could Pakistan not include Misbahesque players at a young age?

    A good team should have a mix of young and mature players. It is time they look beyond players like Afridi in the longer format.

  • on July 29, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    good luck misbah and razzak shoud b incloued in this formet

  • wajidinsaf on July 28, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    CPL management didn,t respect shahid afridi as he is a great all-rounder in the world of T-20-20 cricket.may be a lot of shaid afridi ,s fans will miss him playing for cpl.

  • on July 27, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Misbah-ul-Haq Best cricketer

  • on July 27, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    misbah.is a gud t 20 batsman

  • on July 27, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    Well good to see misbah getting so much praise.... Its time for him to show that a 39 year old player can play well than 24 years one ....

  • bouncer709 on July 27, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    Good stats, but these stats never represent who are actual winner, in current series Misbah strike rate in 2 matches was 42, and 41, in 5 matches his strike rate remain 63.. 63 strike rate means 189 runs per 300 balls... Imagine a team scoring 189 in a match, In fact he play to increase his average and true winner was Umer Akmal who scored 175 with average 58+ and strike rate 117+. but he could not get any MOM award. ICC should follow standard procedure to give MOM awards, if they gave shared MOM to Misbah and Simmons for scoring 75 runs at strike rate of below 60 & ignore Umer Akmal (40 not out SR 129) in tied match, then in last match A.Shehzad deserved to share MOM with Misbah, his inning was not different from Misbah. I still believe Jason holder was Man of the Match in Tied match. If MOM award is based on high scores, then in last match Ahmed Shahzad was high scorer. If it is based on extra ordinary performance then in most matches U. Akmal was deserving MOM.

  • Ahsan-cric-freak on July 26, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    A true quality player is misbah..

  • Sachit1979 on July 26, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Here is the platform for Misbah to prove his critics wrong who call him tuk tuk tuk...I am sure he would come out with flying colors out of this tournament.

  • on July 26, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Misbah is a treasure .. hes also taking Faisalabad wolves to the CLT20. All the best to him.

  • CricketMatchSpecial on July 25, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Very good selection. More Pakistan players should participate in the T20 leagues around the world. Pakistan players carry a natural flair with them.

    How did Pakistan's strategy completely turn around in the last 15 years? 15 years years ago, they used to blood youngsters like Hassan Raza into the team. Now, they are looking to include old players into the team. Do not misunderstand me, there is nothing wrong with inclusion of older players like Misbah if they are good. But, why could Pakistan not include Misbahesque players at a young age?

    A good team should have a mix of young and mature players. It is time they look beyond players like Afridi in the longer format.

  • on July 29, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    good luck misbah and razzak shoud b incloued in this formet

  • wajidinsaf on July 28, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    CPL management didn,t respect shahid afridi as he is a great all-rounder in the world of T-20-20 cricket.may be a lot of shaid afridi ,s fans will miss him playing for cpl.

  • on July 27, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Misbah-ul-Haq Best cricketer

  • on July 27, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    misbah.is a gud t 20 batsman

  • on July 27, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    Well good to see misbah getting so much praise.... Its time for him to show that a 39 year old player can play well than 24 years one ....

  • bouncer709 on July 27, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    Good stats, but these stats never represent who are actual winner, in current series Misbah strike rate in 2 matches was 42, and 41, in 5 matches his strike rate remain 63.. 63 strike rate means 189 runs per 300 balls... Imagine a team scoring 189 in a match, In fact he play to increase his average and true winner was Umer Akmal who scored 175 with average 58+ and strike rate 117+. but he could not get any MOM award. ICC should follow standard procedure to give MOM awards, if they gave shared MOM to Misbah and Simmons for scoring 75 runs at strike rate of below 60 & ignore Umer Akmal (40 not out SR 129) in tied match, then in last match A.Shehzad deserved to share MOM with Misbah, his inning was not different from Misbah. I still believe Jason holder was Man of the Match in Tied match. If MOM award is based on high scores, then in last match Ahmed Shahzad was high scorer. If it is based on extra ordinary performance then in most matches U. Akmal was deserving MOM.

  • Ahsan-cric-freak on July 26, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    A true quality player is misbah..

  • Sachit1979 on July 26, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Here is the platform for Misbah to prove his critics wrong who call him tuk tuk tuk...I am sure he would come out with flying colors out of this tournament.

  • on July 26, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Misbah is a treasure .. hes also taking Faisalabad wolves to the CLT20. All the best to him.

  • ziazai on July 26, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    CricketMatchSpecial, you are right that why Misbah was not included in the team when he was young because at that time there was no place empty in Pakistan team like, Inzimam, Muhammad Yousuf, Saeed Anwer, Aamir Sohail were in Full form and the team was perfect at that time. Misbah was not included at that time so it was beneficial for him because at that time he played lots of matches in other Pakistani local tournaments like, Quaid-e-Azam cup and so on....

    So now he is getting the fruit of the longer wait as a captain of Pakistani team.

  • on July 26, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Because of Misbah's inclusion, I will watch this league now. I never watched IPL after 1st season because not seeing local players, I am not attracted to that tournament - no matter how big is maybe whether its IPT, BPL or CL. Windies - way to go! you have brought Pakistan fan following to your premier league now!

  • Cricdew on July 26, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    Respect from Indian fan..All the Best Misbah..Show your haters what you are made of

  • on July 26, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    You are successful if you do basics rights. He knows basics so always expect that he will perform better than most of the others in T-20 league. He is Pakistan's Hero if some one believes it or not.He has lived up to the expectations of the nation, winning man of the match twice and man of the series in the current WI series. Hats off Misbah!

  • aks1987 on July 26, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    fod God's sake. Let the younger generation get the chance to play t20 internationals for Pakistan. Misbah wont be there forever. He is good enough in ODI and Test matches.

  • on July 26, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    Misbah is a complete batsman , he is the best thing to happen for pakistan.He can defend any bowler and can hit with ease any bowler equally , he's good for tests and good for short format as well.

  • on July 26, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    go misbah hope this will make u a better batsman in the aggressive way

  • satishchandar on July 26, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    Misbah is in the form of his life.. Even though his strike is not great to be in T20 format, he is stilla good striker.. And what, he replaces Pomersbach who is primarily a fast track slogger and with WI tracks being slow and turning these days, Misbah would be a more productive player.. To cap all the things, Misbah will attract more Pakistan viewers for the tournament..

  • on July 26, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    @Saud - I agree with whole heartedly. Misbah is simply awesome.

  • salman.ali.rai on July 25, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    Good for him. At 39, this is probably the best opportunity he'll get to earn some quick bucks. I don't think it's a good idea to relate his participation in this league to his potential comeback in the national t20 squad. He had his stint in the national t20 team and he is left that for good. All the best to Misbah.

  • on July 25, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    if some body want to see that what is real cricket he should to follow MISBAH . In this crucial time where are pakistani batting is so weak and unpredictable there'z only man who give always his best efforts to take pakistan over the line.. a years ago i was a big hater of misbah but since i tried to learning cricket i got values of misbah .. he is a player of all formats the cricket .. i'm sure in CPL he will be man of the series :)

  • rsiddiqi on July 25, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    The comments I see my fellow Pakistani supporters make about Misbah's strike rate shows us how little we understand strategies in cricket.

    Guess that is why none of the young players joining the squad (even with heaps of talent) have the mindset to play for more than 20 overs and absorbing pressure. Sad....Misbah can do no right...he gives us a fighting chance everytime and gets crucified for times that he fails. Get out hitting next time Misbah....hit 2 sixes and get out...you'll be a hero!

  • on July 25, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    Wow! Misbah is very, very hard-working cricketer.. No rest.

  • on July 25, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    17 sixes this year already in the odis..misbah wont disappoint in the carribean league

  • VVSR92 on July 25, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    misbah should use this tournament as oppurtunity to get used to scoring runs quikly , else though his place in pak team is not in doubt now since he is the only consistent perfomer in the squad . There can be a scenario where pak batsmen are scoring runs & an aging misbah could become a casualty in odi team for not scoring @decent rate.

  • Haleos on July 25, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Misbah starts firing after 40 over so even he comes to bat as opener for the team batting first and plays again as opener for the team batting second, it would not be enough to get him going by the end of the match.

  • IdreesAhmed95 on July 25, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    He is an underrated player in T20. Hopefully he will have a strike rate of over 120 to show that he must be in T20 side. I definitely think he can do it because he is a very accomplished player, a very powerful player. Remember in 4th ODI where he was on 3 off 8 balls, then turned it around to 53 off 43 balls. He will definitely do well in this, and I wouldn't be surprised if he surprises many others by having a blistering tournament. Well done Misbah.

  • Maqsood.Rehan on July 25, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    I think he should be included in Pakistan T20 Team. He deserves it now.

  • on July 25, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    He is the best current Pakistani player. Other 10 around him don't know how to bat. Days are gone when we have match winners like Inzamam, Yousaf or Razzaq.

  • Hate.ME on July 25, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    LOL..Hmmm ! I wonder what will be the reaction of those Pak fans who always bash Misbah for being too defensive in batting.

    But according to me, he is a good batsman with solid technique. Not his fault when batsmen around him get out quickly and he is forced to play defensively. In recently concluded series he has shown he can score quickly.

    So it is a good addition to the St. Lucia squad. But it is highly unlikely that he would make it to playing XI as I guess,only 1 overseas player can play in a team.

  • on July 25, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Misbah is Pakistan's miracle man. Every time the others fold meekly, he weathers the storm, standing tall and brave. He goes tuk, tuk like the never tiring autorickshaws back home. He doesn't go too fast; he is not as exciting to watch as Umar Akmal or Tamim Iqbal. But he is Mr. Reliable and he gets the job done. Pakistan needs him in every form of the game. Perhaps its good that he waited (unfairly) years in the wings to play for the national side. He came in older and wiser. Pakistan is lucky to have him at one of its worst batting phases ever. Except for Nasir Jamshed, the others seem incapable of even holding the bat.

  • Adnan-Ahmed on July 25, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Happy that the man is getting recognition in the shortest format, he has earned it.

  • CricketChat on July 25, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    Timing couldn't have been better! He just finishes ODI tour and walks into T20 league. Hope he will show his T20 skills as well.

  • on July 25, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    he has been in a good foam off late he has scored 50+ in almost of 75% matches in last year or so but his strike rate is very low but he is a very underrated player he has played for the team almost always rebuilding the innings so maybe dats the case with his strikerate but obiously u still need to bat 20 overs and he is a batsman very capable of holding one end and players scoring around him so he is a good choice to have and above all he has proven himself by winning the T20 competition in pakistan without any of the big names in his faisalabad wolves team apart from Saeed Ajmal

  • on July 25, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Misbah will do great as he has great run in the Caribbean in the last series. I'm sure he will shine there again.

  • on July 25, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Way to go. If Caribbean Premier League can recruit Mishbah then why can't he be in the Pak T20 Team. I think he can transform his game to be suitable for T20I. Pakistan needs Misbah in all forms of Cricket, especially Tests and ODIs at least until the next ODI World Cup.

  • on July 25, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Way to go. If Caribbean Premier League can recruit Mishbah then why can't he be in the Pak T20 Team. I think he can transform his game to be suitable for T20I. Pakistan needs Misbah in all forms of Cricket, especially Tests and ODIs at least until the next ODI World Cup.

  • on July 25, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Misbah will do great as he has great run in the Caribbean in the last series. I'm sure he will shine there again.

  • on July 25, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    he has been in a good foam off late he has scored 50+ in almost of 75% matches in last year or so but his strike rate is very low but he is a very underrated player he has played for the team almost always rebuilding the innings so maybe dats the case with his strikerate but obiously u still need to bat 20 overs and he is a batsman very capable of holding one end and players scoring around him so he is a good choice to have and above all he has proven himself by winning the T20 competition in pakistan without any of the big names in his faisalabad wolves team apart from Saeed Ajmal

  • CricketChat on July 25, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    Timing couldn't have been better! He just finishes ODI tour and walks into T20 league. Hope he will show his T20 skills as well.

  • Adnan-Ahmed on July 25, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Happy that the man is getting recognition in the shortest format, he has earned it.

  • on July 25, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Misbah is Pakistan's miracle man. Every time the others fold meekly, he weathers the storm, standing tall and brave. He goes tuk, tuk like the never tiring autorickshaws back home. He doesn't go too fast; he is not as exciting to watch as Umar Akmal or Tamim Iqbal. But he is Mr. Reliable and he gets the job done. Pakistan needs him in every form of the game. Perhaps its good that he waited (unfairly) years in the wings to play for the national side. He came in older and wiser. Pakistan is lucky to have him at one of its worst batting phases ever. Except for Nasir Jamshed, the others seem incapable of even holding the bat.

  • Hate.ME on July 25, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    LOL..Hmmm ! I wonder what will be the reaction of those Pak fans who always bash Misbah for being too defensive in batting.

    But according to me, he is a good batsman with solid technique. Not his fault when batsmen around him get out quickly and he is forced to play defensively. In recently concluded series he has shown he can score quickly.

    So it is a good addition to the St. Lucia squad. But it is highly unlikely that he would make it to playing XI as I guess,only 1 overseas player can play in a team.

  • on July 25, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    He is the best current Pakistani player. Other 10 around him don't know how to bat. Days are gone when we have match winners like Inzamam, Yousaf or Razzaq.

  • Maqsood.Rehan on July 25, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    I think he should be included in Pakistan T20 Team. He deserves it now.

  • IdreesAhmed95 on July 25, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    He is an underrated player in T20. Hopefully he will have a strike rate of over 120 to show that he must be in T20 side. I definitely think he can do it because he is a very accomplished player, a very powerful player. Remember in 4th ODI where he was on 3 off 8 balls, then turned it around to 53 off 43 balls. He will definitely do well in this, and I wouldn't be surprised if he surprises many others by having a blistering tournament. Well done Misbah.