County news April 13, 2013

Misbah 'turned down' Worcestershire


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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  • Avais 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.

  • I 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

  • mainul 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 on April 15, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    well done .Misbah Great job

  • Umar on April 15, 2013, 7:16 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on April 15, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    Sounds good, King Misbah!

  • Amjad 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.

  • Dummy4 on April 15, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    Good decision, Proud of you Misbah.

  • Dummy4 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!