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Misbah interview raises questions on Sethi's role

Umar Farooq

November 17, 2013

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Najam Sethi, the interim PCB chief, addresses a press conference, Lahore, June 24, 2013
Najam Sethi's interview of Misbah-ul-Haq is bound to raise questions about conflict of interest © AFP
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In what can be charitably termed a bizarre occurrence, the PCB head Najam Sethi donned his other hat as a journalist on Saturday night and interviewed Pakistan's captain Misbah-ul-Haq on his popular political show, Aapas ki Baat.

Sethi asked Misbah all the questions a growing number of critics have been asking as the team has stumbled its way through the limited-overs leg of the South Africa series in the UAE: about the general troubles Pakistan has been having with the batting, about Misbah's own approach and the influence it has had on younger batsmen, about Misbah's preferences for specific combinations and his inability to win games. Misbah answered whatever came his way.

But the very fact that a sitting board head was using his own alternative platform as a journalist to allow a captain is bound to raise further questions about the conflict of interest inherent in Sethi's dual roles. There is nothing amiss about a chairman defending a captain of the side: as one cricket official pointed out, the Pakistan board could have recorded an in-house interview with Misbah and put it up on its website.

"The selection committee and I as PCB chairman continue to back Misbah as captain despite the usual critics," Sethi told ESPNcricinfo. "He spoke to the media in Lahore earlier and was grilled by them. But his critics raised fresh questions, which is fair enough. So he was given a chance on my live show to answer his critics. This is a more effective way of communicating than putting something on a website.

"I don't see anything wrong in this. Some perennial naysayers say there is a conflict of interest. I say this was in the public interest. I personally gained nothing from it. But cricket fans have been reassured that there is more to the story than put out by some people. Surely this is good for the motivation and cohesion of the Pakistan Cricket Team."

But to use the platform of one of Pakistan's most popular channels, when the chairman happens to be one of its leading anchors, brings back those very questions that were asked when, for example, Geo Super (one of the channels of the network) was awarded broadcast rights to Pakistan's series against Sri Lanka in the UAE next month. At the time, Sethi dismissed accusations of a conflict by claiming that the bidding process was fair and was carried out by a neutral, independent arbitrator in the form of former ICC President Ehsan Mani.

 
 
Some perennial naysayers say there is a conflict of interest. I say this was in the public interest. I personally gained nothing from it. Najam Sethi, the acting PCB chairman
 

Sethi's own position as head of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) - and de facto board head - that is currently running the board is on shaky ground. The PCB is the subject of a convoluted and ongoing legal dispute in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in which one judge has repeatedly tried to disband the board and bring in a new chairman via an election process. Essentially Sethi's administration is existing on borrowed time, from one court date to the next: the next hearing is in the first week of December.

Such a stunt is unlikely to have gone unnoticed by critics, or, in this case, petitioners who have filed cases against him. Sethi himself is ambiguous about his dual roles. In Abu Dhabi recently, he was asked at a press conference whether he intended to stay on as the board head once the legal mess was over. His reply, particularly its denouement, was telling.

"I was asked by the Prime Minister (Nawaz Sharif) to come and clean up this mess," he said of his appointment in June this year. "I had no idea how deep this mess was. I am only now beginning to understand it. But the more one understands it the more one realises a, how important it is to clear up this mess and b, it's not really cricket, cricket is part of nationalism now. So therefore if the courts allow me and the PM insists that I carry on, I will try and do my best. But at the end of the day I am still a media man."

Similar conflicts of interest have arisen in the past, though never at the apex administrative level within the PCB. During the tenures of Tauqir Zia and Shaharyar Khan in the early 2000s, for example, Ramiz Raja and Aamer Sohail held senior positions in the board while also working as TV commentators (Sohail, briefly, was chief selector and a commentator). Ultimately Raja resigned because of the conflict while Sohail was removed for other reasons.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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Posted by   on (November 20, 2013, 20:16 GMT)

I am tired of seeing this picture on every article. Can Cricinfo or the writer or someone please change Najam Sethi's picture from the articles to something else i am sure there are few more of his decent pictures to post with the articles.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2013, 18:06 GMT)

I am sick of seeing mediocre Selection committee members selecting mediocre team players its just sickening to Watch any longer. Nor young players are selected on merit nor the selection committee members itself are there on merit nor do they have credibility to make good changes, they probably don't even understand the word " merit ". What they love is Imran Farhat kinds or his brother Humayun Farhat or maybe they love Akmal Family its just about their love with anyone and everyone they like whom will get selected into the team and players with credible domestic performances just wonder and what else can they do. Now days they are more in love with Umar Amin, Mohammad Hafiz , Ahmed Shehzad , Asad Shafiq ; one may ask how to justify they dont deserve to be in the side then compare there domestic records with other players for ODI matches example Azhar Ali,Fawad Alam , Khurram Manzoor, Khalid Latif ,Taufeeq Umar (TOP T20 PLAYER IN DOMESTICS not given single chance) ,Faisal Iqbal etcc

Posted by STSO on (November 19, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

why the peoples are support Misbha he is just a batsman...not a good Captain and finisher as well..becoz he dont now about how to finish the game...why dont we go with afridi his leadership is too strong as campare to misbha if board wari about afridi just chek his captincy record he never lose any series...except world cups...

Posted by   on (November 19, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

Bring in as replacements Khalid Latif batting average 48 & Azhar Ali average 41 in International ODI and domestic batting average 50 AND whereas your both openers which is Ahmed Shehzad batting average is (28 internationals and Domestic 34) & Hafeez has batting average of (29 in internationals and domestics 34) so mediocre averages for International team openers really lack of taste to select players it can only be putting hands in front of eyes & then selecting unfortunately for Pakistan.Instead of Umar Amin who's domestic batting average is 32 bring in fawad alam batting average 46 or khurram manzoor batting average 46.People who have performed in domestic level shown by their domestic batting averages should be given long-run for trial & error if they will succeed at that level or not but instead mediocre players with mediocre domestic averages are given long-run with their mediocre international averages show the outcome of this phenomena & fans cry like babies due to this reasons.

Posted by Crick_Expert on (November 19, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

PAK can't win until these players are in team; Professor, Mr. tuktuk, Asad Safiq, Sohail Tanvir who doing nothing for PAK cricket.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (November 19, 2013, 13:12 GMT)

All-rounders Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzaq have been ruled out of this series against South Africa due to respective finger and hamtring injuries. Sharjeel Khan and Hammad Azam as replacement. ( Geo News )

Posted by bouncer709 on (November 19, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

@Hassan Ahmed: But SA tour, Champions trophy, Zimbabwe tour, and again SA tour have lot of things to do with Misbah being a captain. ..Well in WC 2011, how could you say we had better team? except Shoaib Akhtar all the players are still available. and in 2011 WC Shoaib Akhtar was not in his best. As your concern about strange reason why Younis Khan is dropped? answer is simple Captain don't want him, like hafeez didn't want Razzaq. and how Umer Amin is playing continuously in playing 11? do you think it is possible without Captain consent? Why hafeez is playing up-order in ODI? is it possible for a player to play wherever he want? Without captain being agree and support to him?... Now they are trying their best to keep Umer Akmal lower the order, they do not care, Pakistan win or lose, They just want to secure their positions.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2013, 11:23 GMT)

Misbah is a good batsman but his captaincy skills are zero.

Posted by faizee02 on (November 19, 2013, 10:04 GMT)

I strongly believe that Misbah is arguably the best batsman at the moment in Pakistan for ODIs n Test matches. He has the ability to bat long and hard. But the problem lies in his captaincy. His approach is defensive and negative and this adds a bad effect on other batsmen too. The batsmen are following his approach and hence not playing their natural game. Same set of batsmen have produced if not good but above average performances time n again. But since last one year, no exceptional performance..time to think about the approach and we should remove Misbah as a captain. But he should remain as a batsman in the playing 11 till WC 2015.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

@ bouncer709 , there is nothing to do with Misbah in T20s at the moment because he is not the part of T20 team. In WC2011 we had a better team and this is the reason we reached the semi-final. At the moment no one is scoring runs and this is not the fault of Misbah's captaincy. We should have Younis Khan in the ODI team to have some stability but for some strange reason he has been kept out of the team.

Posted by bouncer709 on (November 19, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

Misbah is right choice for captaincy or not, this talk will continue until he give up captaincy or get retirement. But please do not make people fool that no one can lead Pakistan team. (2007) Pakistan got to Final of T20 world cup, Misbah was not the captain, (2009) Then Pakistan won T20 WC, again Misbah was not captain, (2010) Once again Pakistan got to Semi Final in T20 world cup, Misbah was not the captain. Pakistan went to play Semi Final in WC 2011, again Misbah was not the captain.... and whole world know who were the captains in all those big occasions, and almost same players or same class of players were part of the team. But what happened in Champions trophy, SA tour, Zimbabwe tour, again SA tour? Young children too understands Misbah is defensive in approach. and lack winning capabilities.

Posted by Shazli on (November 19, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

Good luck Misbah............

Posted by   on (November 19, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

Sethi - wrong person but did the right thing to end all the fuzz and confusion over Misbah's captaincy and his future. I think this interview made Misbah position more stronger infront of critics and fans

Posted by   on (November 19, 2013, 5:05 GMT)

Misbah is the best batsman in the team, but yes he has flaws in the captaincy. But every one had before him. (MALIK, AFRIDI). Younis Khan was the best captain but these bunch of idiots removed him. at the moment Misbah is the best choice as captain as we cant see below average players Hafeez and Afridi as a captain.

2nd thing, critics say he cant finish the game. Recently a legend SRT retired. can any one tell me how many games he finished for india under pressure, but still he is the leading scorer. every player does not possess this quality. Inzi, ponting, lara,dhoni are the players who had this quality. Important thing is MISBAH is scoring runs for Pakistan, although we are on loosing side but what can he do when rest of the batsmen do not know to play. Afridi is playing for last 18 years, but what responsibility does he take. 1 Player alone cant win you all the matches. and above all look at his age. at this age of 39 he is the fittest and most consistent player in the team.

Posted by FourthStump on (November 19, 2013, 2:54 GMT)

Why are Pakistani's so quick to lay blame on their captain? When Inzi was captain people said he's not tactical bring Younis. When Younis came they said he's not good enough bring Shoaib Malik. When Malik came they said there's no unity (this is the only one they were right about), so bring Afridi. He came and then they said he's not good enough bring someone else. There was no one else because we tried everyone and Misbah has stepped up and produced a win ratio of 59% in ODI's and he's captained 22 test matches and lost only 5 (won 10, drawn 7).

That's a good record. If Pakistan lose its not because of Misbah its because our batsmen have a lower average per batsmen in the last 12 months than the Bangladeshi's and because we have lost legends like MoYo and Inzi and haven't found good enough batsmen to replace them.

Finally the selectors are stupid for picking Abdul Razzaq who was once a legend and now is too old and needs to retire with the dignity he has left!

Posted by Crick_Expert on (November 19, 2013, 2:25 GMT)

Coach cant change players style, every thing come from natural talent. Coach cant teach Mr tuktuk how to play fast, dont miss balls to create pressure on incoming players. Coach cant teach Professor how to play fast bowler like Styne. Coach cant teach AFRIDI to stay on crease and watch before hook the short ball. Coach can tell Asad Safiq and Sohail Tanvir to play at street before practice in ODI. PAK should hire new talented players for WC 2015: Sami Aslam, Shoiab Maqsood, Haris Sohail, Sarjeel Khan.

Posted by ProdigyA on (November 19, 2013, 1:30 GMT)

What can Misbah alone do when he has a bunch of non-performers in the side.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2013, 22:56 GMT)

When your strength is in bowling than you should make a bowler captain. Saeed Ajmal is the best option you have. Make Ajmal the captain, this takes away all the pressure from Misbah and he can play his natural game.

And make sure the batsmen who dont perform are shown the door. And every batsmen are selected on their domestic performances. This way Sami Aslam, Fawad Alam, Hammad Azam and many others who should be in the squad will finally get a chance.

If Mr, Najam Sethi can do this on merit than I have no issues with him. Or else he should be shown the door too.

Posted by Behind_the_Wicket on (November 18, 2013, 21:12 GMT)

One Question for those people they think Misbah is great captain ? Pakistani team script for every next match . Opener played under pressure and Hafeez can't touch ball sometime , then bowled or caught.At the same time our run rate not too bad but reachable. After felling 1 wicket rain of wickets start 2 or 3 down just in 1 or 2 overs.Misbah comes and he starts defending every ball after playing 30 odd balls he starts playing , he plays most of his shots in hands of fielders then no more single, in this situation the player from other- end comes under-pressure because of run rate he slogs and finishes , Misbah slaughters every new batsman with these tactics , As Afridi arrives in the crease people start praying and hope for good inning but as usual Afridi can't wait too long to go back to pavilion.At the end Misbah starts hitting when Mohammad Irfan is present at the other end , Misbah gone or Mohammad Irfan then match end with the same story Pakistan have lost this match by 1** runs.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2013, 20:09 GMT)

He is the only player who iz consistant in his performance despite of that he is been criticised by the critics is nor FAIR by ant means

Posted by UmarBinAmeen on (November 18, 2013, 19:26 GMT)

I don't know why everybody is discussing Misbah is Yes Misbah is No but that is for sure he is the best in his team so far losing winning is the part of it if same thing happens to SA then what they had to change the management, Team or Captain. Let Misbah go on this is the drama only that happens in every country after a huge defeat but just patience and let them rise. Come on guys be cool like Misbah !!!!

Posted by Dark.Matter on (November 18, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

Misbah should be in as a player, not as a captain

Posted by ssana168 on (November 18, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

Misbah ul haq always contribute score for his team. Rest of the player should also contribute to win the match.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

We all have witnessed that with out Misbah Pakistani team can't even get to 100 so YES Misbah is the best player in Pakistani team at the moment.

Posted by ispaewbi on (November 18, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

Misbah is calm and collective, Yes. But he's NOT a finisher and that's what Pakistan needs. He should stay in the team but not as Captain; as I truly believe his approach is hurting new talent and their confidence.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

Whether one likes it or not, Misbah is the best captain Pakistan has ever had. Some of his achievements which some how never get mentioned have forced me to call him the best because..

1) His batting average as Captain in Test is better than Ponting,Lara,Tendulkar, Miandad, Inzi,,Gavaskar,Sangakara,Jaywardene, Gooch,Smith,Lloyd,

What more to prove his credentials

Posted by   on (November 18, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

*My post is for all those who want Misbah to quit captaincy* What are the other options we have for captaincy right now? In ODIs, Hafeez and Afridi both are not even justifying their positions right now. Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad are struggling themselve for their own position in the team. Umar Akmal is in out and in situation and younis khan is a gone story for odis then who should be the skipper? Kamran would have been an option had he been a permanent fixture of the team.

Till the time Misbah is performing and is in the side, he has to perform this role. I believe in test matches, he is grooming Azhar Ali well, although he has been going through a bad patch, yet, AZHAR ALI can take test captaincy when ever Misbah will retire. In odis, strategy should be to examine Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Asad Shafique and Sohaib Maqsood and who ever play more vital role for the team with due responsibility, should be given 2 series under Misbah as vice captain and can be given captaincy

Posted by Tamilpower on (November 18, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

Typical of the situation and sums up the Pakistani conundrum at all levels. Pakistan have the poorest first class structure.. if u can call it that in the world. Their players are payed below the going rates, they can't play at home, get enough quality matches to improve and yet people blame Misbah! What do you people want? Truly Pakistan deserves the hammering its getting because the people are so ungrateful. Misbah has been the lion of Pakistani cricket for the past 5 years and he is getting collared. Whilst Hafiz a proven passenger and failure is given opportunity after opportunity. The problem lies with our nation and our thinking. We need to stop rewarding and accepting substandard levels of management starting with the defunct PCB and begin to support our talent. Every global sporting body (e.g FIFA) will not allow politics and Sports to mix except Cricket! How is that acceptable? Why is the President of Pakistan selecting the PCB chairman? Hypocrisy! Cricket has become a joke

Posted by I_amMirza on (November 18, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

@Muhammad Faizan: Misbah's predictable captaincy and defensive approach has cost Pakistan many times. Recently in UAE he did not use Junaid khan properly.Do you really think using Junaid in 25th over is an aggressive approach? When Ajmal is taking wickets and pressure is on Other team Misbah pulls him back from attack... WHy??? he want to use him in Power play... why does not he go on attacking?? Well Misbah is good as a player not as a captain. HE even can't rotate the strike. HE said i am hitter, i do hit. then why does't he come at no.6. give his position to U Akmal and see difference.

Posted by hellothereeveryone on (November 18, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

Misbah is no Imran khan to say the least as a captain. His defensive approach even in tests has cost Pakistan dearly at times. He is a dependable bat but probably is only good enough for tests. His usefulness in ODIs is debatable. As far as Sethi goes a former player with international experience and who is respected by others should be the chairman of the board. The best option Pakistan has for chairman of PCB is Imran Khan.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

Misbah is not the captain of T20 team. See perfromances. See what Pak team performed in 2 t20's. They didn't even pass 100 runs in 20 overs. Did people talk about run rate of the match? No. The issue is Pakistani Team can't play 35 Over, without him. Misbah is a Wonderful, Agressive Captain. I don't know why people always talk about his strike rate.. Strike rate isn't an issue. .. If Pak Cricket team continue to score on misbah strike rate, They can make 250+ easily... Imran Khan, Inzamam-ul-Haq are past. I don't know what people Watn but They can't get a better captain than misbah NOw....

Posted by dontlikecricket on (November 18, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

Hum, I don't think Afridi and Hafeez should be captain in any cricketing format. They both don't even deserve to be in team. Time to kick both of them out. Its better to include two more young players then wasting time on these so called senior experienced players. Unfortunately there is no other person to take on captaincy of PAK team at this stage. Regardless what people think about Misbah, he is a gentleman, educated and calm under pressure. May be illiterate PAK fans don't deserve a gentleman like Misbah!!

Posted by Z.Saleem on (November 18, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

I don't see the interview as a conflict of interest, it was good to bring Misbah to a show which has good viewing, and so he can clear his position. First good step by Najam Sethi, though I never have and never would like him.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

good luck to Pakistan on their SA tour.Inspite of all the infighting inside THE T20 and the One day Matches results are produced only tHE TEAM THAT PLAYS BETTER ON THAT DAY WINS Its a GAme of Chance.

Posted by Sachit1979 on (November 18, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

Misbah is a committed Cricketer and wonderful human being. He may not be that aggressive as a captain like Imran but doing decent job and I think most successful Pak captain so far in post Imran's era. Let him breath and keep him away from all dirty politics. Poor guy would lose his own form also if get trapped into this politics. Lessons to be learnt for other senior players who have taken their places as granted and think that they would survive even without giving performances.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2013, 8:10 GMT)

Najam Sethi should not ask questions about captain strategies on field and then counter discuss it, as he is not known as cricket expert. If such a show is to be conduced then a panel should interview the captain, and even in that case it should not be shown on TV. This was ridiculous. Was It 'Jawab deh' program from GEO or Journalist interviewing a Cricketer. There could be some issues with Misbah Captaincy, however, main issue is with Pakistani Batsmen who do not score and play irresponsibly. They donot take ownership of the innings and donot even know which shots to play for various balls under different circumstances. If players like Virot Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Waseem Akram and Waqar Younis are part of the team, you will see how successful Misbah is as Captain.

Posted by alamgirian5266 on (November 18, 2013, 6:55 GMT)

it is evident that misbah is not a good captain and as muhammad yousaf former great batsman has pointed out that his technique against fast bowlers is very poor and he is even not able to grab singles and by his batting styles he puts rest of the team in extreme pressure and they loose wickets by improving run rate so he is a selfish player . we need to see how many man of the matches he has won but AFRIDI has won many man of the matches than any body else and he is aggressive captain and complete cricketer i.e he is excellent fielder , brilliant bowler and he can bat as well.

Posted by fayyaz03 on (November 18, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

Criticizing Misbah, Appreciating Misbah, Backing Misbah, Bashing Misbah, Conducting Interview, Rotation of Players, This, that, those, whatever..... All Rubbish! The bottom line is "MY TEAM IS NOT WINNING" we lost against South Africa back in 2010 (3-2) and now we lost (4-1) so we further slumped! Young talent is still raw and did not groom at all! And above all! They have similar approach of Toiling hard off the field for defending their position rather than working hard on the field for winning games! Nothing has changed!

Posted by   on (November 18, 2013, 6:05 GMT)

I think PCB should have election and elect a capable chairman who has cricket knowledge. Sethi is not the man. Let';s get serious for once and get the team back on the right track. And for coack get an ex-cricketer.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2013, 1:05 GMT)

It's time for misbah to let down the captaincy by himself, he is a very good batsman, but not a good captain in limited overs becoz of his defensive approach!

Everyone is criticising him, i don't understand why he persists even after losing and losing again!

Posted by mikebel111 on (November 18, 2013, 0:24 GMT)

can't believe some fans want afridi as captain. That would be the worst decision ever.

afridi never performs with bat and never reads situation. hit everything is his motto.

can't believe the fan love he gets.

Posted by ICKY on (November 18, 2013, 0:03 GMT)

Misbah is undoing for the natural strokeplayers and youngsters. He may be a better batsman to stay on a wicket when the team is losing wickets because of his instructions to just stay at the wicket and not play strokes. He is the worst captain unable to motivate and inspire the team.He is not already into his 40's and depending on such a DEFENSIVE Captain in his age at the 2015 WC is like living in fool's paradize. Now is the time to make a new captain for 2015. We are losing anyway, lets lose with a purpose to give experience to our youngsters who will win laurels for Pak in 2015 wc and beyond. Those who say there is no body else, should know that no one is invincible.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 22:02 GMT)

Pakistan has to try these youngster absolutely : In odi, Sami aslam as a opener, usman salahuddin as a middle order batsman, haris sohail as a middle order batsman, kamran ghulam, hammad azam as a alleounder(2nd chance) !

Misbah is a very good batsman, but not a great limited over captain becoz of his defensive approach, he has to give captaincy to another person. ( hafeez or malik are the choices) I think for the country he should leave the captaincy, it can't be worse!!!

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

I do not see any problem why people criticises , but its my humble suggestion kick out at least two players Shahid Afridi and Hafiz their techniques, records, Averages especially Shahid Afridi behaviour not allow them to play any more from Pakistan.

Posted by MTA82 on (November 17, 2013, 17:57 GMT)

Misbah is the only hope for Pakistan who building every match by himself. The only thing is that There are some players like, Afridi, Razzaq, Shoeb Malik and Hafeez. They are causing big trouble. Especially Afridi, razzaq, Shoeb should be kicked out of the team to make the environment better. They are not performing and are old rusted guns. Secondly Afridi's behavior is to insult others and defame others instead of junior players which shouldn't be accepted in any case. Hafeez can take afridi's spot as he is proving himself good in the bowling department and he can hit well in later overs. New players should be given fair chance such as Sohaib Maqsood, Ahmad Shahzad, Umar Akmal, Nasir Jamshed, Haris sohail, Amin, Usman Salahudin. But again some players are good for T20, some are good in test. So try them according to their attitude towards the game, not just play Fawad Alam in t20 and ODI to finish his career. He is a test player so give him chance in test. Similarly for other juniors

Posted by Potohari on (November 17, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

Najam Sethi has embarrassed the Prime Minister who appointed him as head of PCB. Yesterday's interview of complete mess and ill-planned.

Posted by hamza893 on (November 17, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

Pakistan need a captain with aggressive approach and Razzaq and Afridi will be best suitable.Misbah is no doubt an excellent player and must bat up the order.

I urge PM to change Sethi as he is working for media group,so how can he deliver with no experience of this job.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 15:21 GMT)

Until and unless 4 batsmen are not removed from the side the team will not win those players are Malik, Razzak, Afridi and Umer Akmal..................

Posted by Cric_fever_forever on (November 17, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

i dont think its a bad idea to conduct an interview. i saw it last night and i think it gives fair chance to captain to clear his view or wat is running in his mind. beside it made me happy that pcb is still backing him up as captain.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

The thing is there is no one to lead Pakistan except Misbah. So now the time has come to groom a good leader for this side. For me both Afridi and Hafeez do not qualify for the captaincy. Afridi's place in team is also in question. No point of having 6 bowlers who can bowl thier full quota in a match. So there is a serious need for a genuine Batting Allrounder. In that case the New youngster Kamran Ghulam can be included in the team.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

misbah should be replace by afridi as captain bcoz misbah didnt take right decions at the ground. in the final odi vs sa he gave only 3 overs to hafeez why he gave only 10 runs and 1 wicket

Posted by hammadmateen on (November 17, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

Bizarre is the correct adjective for this scenario. Pakistan Cricket is being treated like a joke and last night's show was just an example of that.

Posted by KarachiKid on (November 17, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

I do not see any problem except for those that are overly critical of Misbah or Sethi or both. There are other interest groups as well like rival media houses on one hand and people vying for Sethi's role. But I think interview was a very nice idea and nothing in the interview suggested that there was any bad intention.

Posted by mzm149 on (November 17, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

Najam Sethi himself said in the show that he is bound by legal process and doesn't have full rights as PCB chairman. There is nothing wrong in inviting Misbah in his show when Sethi was acting as a journalist. Misbah gave him quite clear answers and didn't seem to be in awe in front of PCB chairman.

As far as Misbah's responses to questions are concerned, some were quite impressive and appealing but some were quite illogical. His stance on not coming up the order was that it is not in player's interest to change batting order and you can't play 6 batsmen at every possible position. I think he is afraid of facing the new ball or doesn't have the technique or he wants to improve his stats.

Some positives from his interview were that he didn't criticize any former player or current team member or didn't believe in conspiracy theories that there is grouping in the team. His belief in youngsters like Umar Amin, Nasir Jamhsed, Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal was also encouraging.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

After long time i saw such a nice interview of any captain, he talk openly and try to raised his voice regarding the issues which are facing Pakistan team and captain. I want that once mr. sathi calls mr. coach and ask openly questions what he is doing for team?

Posted by bohurupi on (November 17, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

Another burning example of the absolute lack of fairness as much as Pakistan cricket board is concerned. If the board is not a fair game, then neither are its selectors. The reflection would be obvious on its players.

Posted by kingkarthik on (November 17, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

He he he. This only happens in the Asian countries. It is actually hilarious and does not merit too much fuss or attention.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

Misbah shd be replaced before the 2015 WC. It's never too late

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

no doubt misbahs answered were good and mature comments but the way it was conducted is not right.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

not a good idea. because misbahs response was not that bold on some areas. rughtly so when board chairman sitting right infront of him. what would you expect misbah to say when board chairman is asking questions as journalist? he cant tell you the reason or who is not performing or not.

what ever misbah replied was good. it was nice to hear him like that but the method used was wrong. as far as we havr seen many players have been fined in past for giving intetviews in media or going over line.

it was najams own program and obviously questions were discussed before between muneeb and najam and may be to misbah and what to reply or not. if najam thinks that this is good idea for captain to speak everything then why not allow him to participate in any other program where anchor mqy ask tough questions regarding board.

i would say it was a misuse of post for personal/ professional gains and so called ratings on tv channels.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

I believe this show meant to answer some critical questions. under shelter! I believe if it was fair enough. it should have been advertised on TV and invitation for burning fans to get some of their questions to be answered!! Not a big issue. if it was not even held.. what was the difference?? :P :D

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

I personally feel it was a very good interview...cricket players cannot speak to media openly but since the najam sethi was asking questions, misbah spoke freely and gave very good answers....

Posted by Nigah on (November 17, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

In my opinion a board chairman must be a at least first class cricketer and a good administrator, sethi can be a good journalist but not a good executive recent performances prove this. Pakistan always loss matches not due to poor batting but due to some inner stories which a layman never knows.

Posted by Stark62 on (November 17, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

I saw the interview and thought it was good idea because you understand what is going on behind the scene (just a bit).

Sethi was told by iqbal qasim there is no talent in Pak and the best is being selected, why doesn't he look at the stats himself?

Posted by aks1987 on (November 17, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

That interview was really cringeworthy. The questions Sethi asked were pathetic.

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