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Misbah 'turned down' Worcestershire

Umar Farooq

April 13, 2013

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Misbah-ul-Haq pushes a delivery to the leg side, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd Test, SSC, Colombo, 3rd day, July 2, 2012
Misbah-ul-Haq turned down a deal to play for Worcestershire © AFP
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Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan's Test and ODI captain, has revealed he refused a a lucrative two-year deal to play for Worcestershire, due to it clashing with his national team commitments.

Worcestershire, relegated last season, were looking for an overseas batsman after it became clear Australian Phil Hughes, who played at New Road in 2012, was not going to be available. Worcs held exploratory talks with Misbah earlier this year but failed to reach an agreement on a lengthy deal for the entire season.

"It was potentially a lucrative deal for me but it was actually clashing with my international commitment," Misbah told ESPNcricinfo. "They actually offered me a two-year contract with an extension of one more year on mutual agreement.

"Playing county is obviously a great experience but for a while I think I have a key role in Pakistan cricket and I am fully committed to the team."

Worcestershire, who drew their opening Championship fixture against Lancashire, ultimately signed former Sri Lanka middle-order batsman Thilan Samaraweera for the 2013 season.

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

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Posted by avmd on (April 17, 2013, 4:13 GMT)

If he actually denied the offer, it didn't make any sense. Its better to play some quality cricket than doing nothing at home and getting rusty.

Posted by applethief on (April 15, 2013, 20:48 GMT)

I must say, I'm a little confused by this. Pakistan play such little international cricket as it is, and right now, they're completely free during the English domestic season (no IPL for them) - why hasn't Misbah gone to play? He's getting old, surely he could have done a little to increase his earning potential by playing. Of course, I'd much rather have him in the Pakistan side, but there doesn't seem to be much of a conflict here at all

Posted by mainul079080 on (April 15, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

@getsetgopk removing Afridi was a sensible thing. Because he dont deserve a place in PAK as a player even.Look at Misbah's record in ODIs.Its awesome.Misbah is always an important member in PAK team & he is second to none to lead the country.So you will ask me why Pak is oing bad in ODIs in last 1 & haly years.Simply because of some garbage(sorry for using such a harsh word,but i have no choice) ODI players like Afridi,Gul,Younus,Kamran & Malik. They were regular members in ODIs & i always had a feeling that Pak was playing 11-5=6 players.It was a very good move to remove Younus.But another 4 garbage remains. Recently Iqbal Qasim told that there are not good enough players as back up.Strange! Cant he see Fawad Alam,Haris Sohail,Babar Azam,Umar Amin,Monsoor Amzad,Rizwan,Sadaf Hussain? They are far better than these expired date players.Another thing, Azhar Ali has yet to prove that he is a good batsman in all conditions.He is yet not suitable for captaincy in tests

Posted by   on (April 15, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

Good decision by misbah ul haq. before odi vs sa in our place people said that he is not the player of odi. In my thoughts he was terrific player and whenever i was talking in the favour of misbah, i found the peoples in angry mode. and today every one follow the style of misbah. and now they are the fans of misbah. and they satisfied that misbah is the only man who can lead the pakistan team from the front.

Posted by   on (April 15, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

well done .Misbah Great job

Posted by umar.khalil on (April 15, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

Misbah is a true professional, salute to you sir, All the best..!!

Posted by   on (April 15, 2013, 6:55 GMT)

Sounds good, King Misbah!

Posted by getsetgopk on (April 15, 2013, 5:32 GMT)

@Salman Ali Rai: Probably I didn't make it clear that I was talking about test cricket not ODI's. All I said was in the context of Tests, ODI's has nothing to do with it. If you had read my previous comments about ODI captaincy, I made it clear many times that it was a mistake removing Afridi from the ODI captaincy for petty reasons but thats how things are done in Pakistan not that I think Afridi's actions were sensible but things could have been handled far better than the farce that followed. The Afridi's story is over now, we need a new captain for ODI's but who will you choose? Hafeez is good in T20's and I believe he'll do a good enough job for ODI's too but he's in no way fit for Test captaincy. Nobody is sure whether he should open or come down at 4, how can such a player be made captain. If you go for Azhar Ali for test captaincy and Hafeez for ODI's and T20's is probably the most sensible thing IMO. Misbah's learning days are over, should spend it serving the test team.

Posted by   on (April 15, 2013, 4:18 GMT)

Good decision, Proud of you Misbah.

Posted by   on (April 14, 2013, 19:20 GMT)

Its a personal choice from Misbah so I wish him all the best for whatever his plans are. If he remains to be a part of Pakistan team (in whatever role), I hope he does well. Citing him as a patriot for solely this decision is not a wise thing to do.As a cricketer you do get tons of offers to do various things and you don't normally accept them all the time, that doesn't mean you don't love your team or the country. He was still the same man when he went to play in IPL after his heroics in 07 t20 WC, thus cashing in on his good form. If that didn't make him a traitor, then declining this offer doesn't make him a hero.We do have our summers off this time, so it would have been good if would have played there, made some money and improved on his technique which might have made him more handy in AUS and ENG tour (depending upon he is fit and in form to travel) in coming two years. Anyways all the best Misbah!

Posted by   on (April 14, 2013, 19:05 GMT)

getsetogopk: When would our obsession with individuals end? You say if Misbah is not a part of the team, it would fall apart like house of cards. Why so obsession with an individual. His performance as a captain in ODI's is average, we have lost the last 4/5 series under him and considering he was not an integral part of the ODI setup before that, the team still did pretty well by winning ODI series abroad in WI, NZ and reaching WC semis. So all this crap of the team winning/ doing well only because of one guy is baseless. Misbah is a decent player with limited skills so he should have taken this opportunity to play in English conditions which would have definitely improved his ability to play on foreign soil. We all saw how exposed he was in the SA test series against the moving red ball. AND before you guys start bashing me for being critical of Misbah, let me say that he is the best available captain at the moment and playing in UK would only make him a better batsman/

Posted by   on (April 14, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

Salute - Sir KING MISBAH <3

Posted by tanveer131 on (April 14, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

Well done captain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Desihungama on (April 14, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

No wonder they call it Team Misbah. Sensible decision considering he is at crossroads as far as his career.

Posted by PACERONE on (April 14, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

Good for Misbah and Pakistan that he made that decision.But Samaraweera is a much better batsman than he is.

Posted by   on (April 14, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

Great commitment to national duties! Well done Misbah!!

Posted by getsetgopk on (April 14, 2013, 13:12 GMT)

Daveptee: Misbah's value to Pakistan is probably bigger than what Clark or Cook have to their respective teams. Misbah is not just the mainstay of the team, Misbah is the team. Without him, this team will fall apart like a house of cards. Its pivotal that the team receives his undivided attention at this time even if we are not playing much.

Posted by PAKISTANiLive on (April 14, 2013, 12:26 GMT)

Salute to Captain's Commitment!

Posted by Stark62 on (April 14, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

Misbah is the cornerstone, when it comes to the Test team but you can't say the same for ODI's, hence I think he should retire from ODI's after the Champions Trophy.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (April 14, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

dont worry about misbah's cricket future.. he is fit and fine.. and when retired he will bne very handy in some administration or coaching role.

Posted by Kumail_Asadi on (April 14, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

Hats off to this Great Man. Really he is a superb captain after Imran Khan. Sir Really we love you and want to see in next ODI worldcup.

Posted by   on (April 14, 2013, 5:01 GMT)

It was an excellent opportunity for misbah to secure is future But he turned all that down just for pakistan cricket Hats off to the lad

Posted by   on (April 14, 2013, 4:02 GMT)

Noble decision. Well done Misbah. He is a fine bastman as well as a great captain who scores well much more often than other Pakistani batsmen. Those who don't believe this, please check his statistics :) It would be great to see him play for us for a long time.

Posted by Daveptee on (April 13, 2013, 22:15 GMT)

What did he turn it down for? At least he was assured of two years ! Mr Tuk Tuk doesn't even know if his next game for Pakistan is going to be his last one or if he has played his last one already.

Posted by KDLarsen on (April 13, 2013, 19:25 GMT)

Pakistan aren't playing any tests this summer, only a couple of ODIs as far as I can tell.

Are they touring England or Sri Lanka/Bangladesh/West Indies next summer?

Posted by Rizwan1435 on (April 13, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

kingsland are u new to cricket??? check the statistics again...

Posted by   on (April 13, 2013, 19:20 GMT)

oh well done misbah god comitmant for pakistan cricket team i belived that misbah is god enogh for odi capiton stiil

Posted by makeshift on (April 13, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

He is 38 and he is an average test player - Should have taken the offer

Posted by   on (April 13, 2013, 18:30 GMT)

Just another big donation for his country so that he can handle his captaincy well for PAK but still it doesnot matter for the PAK people!

Posted by   on (April 13, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

Well done Misbah! He rufuse this offer only just for his country PAK!

Posted by Crick_Expert on (April 13, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

Good chance for Misbah to play for Worcestershire and improve his weak batting.

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