Pakistan v SA, Champions Trophy, Group A, Edgbaston June 9, 2013

Cool Misbah keeps Pakistan on course

He may not be the flashing, daring captain that some Pakistani fans crave but Misbah-ul-Haq is an essential, steady hand negotiating his country through difficult times
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It's not easy being Misbah-ul-Haq. Charged with leading Pakistan during one of the most challenging periods in their history, Misbah knows that whatever he achieves he will never win over all his critics.

It doesn't matter that he possesses leadership qualities that Pakistan sorely require. It doesn't matter that he provides a rare beacon of batting solidity amid a morass of fragility. And it doesn't matter that he has the calm head and experience to steer his squad through choppy waters. To some, it only matters that he isn't Shahid Afridi.

Misbah captaining Pakistan is like an accountant taking centre stage in the circus. A team renowned for its raw skill and entertainment value is being run by a man who isn't exciting, isn't flamboyant and isn't glamorous. He is a fine player, certainly, but for some that will never be enough. They don't just want to win; they want to win with style. They don't just want a captain who leads them to victory, they want a captain who leads them to victory amid a flurry of boundaries and with thick glossy hair.

So partly for that reason, Misbah's captaincy - in limited-overs cricket, in particular - has been the object of continual criticism. It is true that his ODI strike-rate is not especially high - he scores at a rate of 74.30 runs per 100 balls - but, in a team that sometimes struggles to bat through a 50 over innings (they have been bowled out in six of their last 11 ODIs), that is rarely a problem.

Besides, after everything that Pakistan have been through in recent times, a little bit of stability is no bad thing. Confronted by an array of obstacles that would have driven a weaker man into retirement, Misbah has shepherded his young team to respectable performances, including Asia Cup victory in 2012 and a Test series whitewash against England. There is little need to dredge up matters consigned to the past here, but it should never be forgotten that Misbah inherited an ageing team in transition, devastated by retirements and bans and fated to spend the foreseeable future playing all their games away from home.

For all the bowling talent, Pakistan's batting resources are arguably at an all-time low.

The burden on Misbah's shoulders was most graphically illustrated in Pakistan's opening Champions Trophy fixture against West Indies. While most of his colleagues batted with the resilience of a pappadam - the combined efforts of nine Pakistan batsmen amounted to 18 runs - Misbah compiled an unbeaten 96 that almost led his side to something approaching a respectable total.

So perhaps, as 39-year-old Misbah approaches the autumn of his career, he will begin to win greater appreciation. Perhaps, as Pakistan start to consider who will replace his middle-order calm, Misbah's considerable worth will become more apparent. But while there was certain world-weariness in Misbah's description of the fickle nature of celebrity, he did reaffirm his commitment to Pakistan for the foreseeable future.

"I think everybody knows that there is not much time left in my career," Misbah said at Edgbaston ahead of his side's must-win Champions Trophy tie against South Africa. "So, my priority is to play for Pakistan. I just want to play more and more international cricket because I know that I haven't much time left in cricket. But whatever comes, I just want to play. I just want to enjoy it and play well for Pakistan.

"When you do well, it's really something. Everybody praises you and you're a star for a day. But with the high praises, there are also high criticisms when you don't do well.

"In our country it's like that. As a player, you need to just understand this and just try to put on a better show in every game you play and don't let it get on your mind because one day these people are really after you and the next day you could be really out of it."

One of the encouraging aspects of Pakistan's defeat in the opening game was the performance of their bowlers. Despite all the impediments and absences, it seems Pakistan still have an ability to develop fast bowlers that are the envy of many other nations. Misbah's theory is that the lack of help available to bowlers who develop in Pakistan forces them find other skills to compensate.

"Maybe genetically people are a bit stronger in Pakistan," Misbah suggested. "Or maybe it is because the conditions are not conducive for seam bowling. It's really hard work in Pakistan. If you want to be a fast bowler, you really need to be hard working, you need a bit of pace there. So maybe that helps people to just bowl a bit quicker than other parts of the world."

But for all the bowling talent, Pakistan's batting resources are arguably at an all-time low. Misbah's speculated that, with conditions so straightforward for batsmen in Pakistan, young players are ill-prepared for the challenges that wait when they graduate to the international game. For that reason, he accepted the extra burden on senior batsmen in the side, but expressed hope that younger players would also perform with confidence and application against South Africa.

"It really makes it easier for the team if all of the others are contributing, especially at the top of the order. It's really important in these conditions. They believe that they can do it. I believe they can do it. It's just a matter of applying yourself. They should not be worried."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    Totally Agree with Misbah selection and his competence as a captain and a cool minded Middle order expertise. Just two things if brought to notice the team will be like a complete. You cannot exclude any of the bowler but one Right Handed Fast/medium is always a need of any attacking team. 2ndly Farhat has no reason to be in the team & pakistan must make a dedicated academy to arrange a professional and competent Wicket Keeper. Just get rid of Kamran Akmal.

  • POSTED BY IMcricfan on | June 10, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    Umar Akmal is similar to Rohit Sharma.Period.Loads of talent but hits the marquee seldomly.

  • POSTED BY raihan927 on | June 10, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    I wonder how do people still support younis Khan who hasn't perform in ODIs at all.He was the only No.3 batsman who has played more than 250 ODIs and scored only 6 centuries with an average of 30 runs per match.He isn't a match winner nor he can hit the bowl hard so he along with AFRIDI and now Farhat are liabilities in our team.We are missing Razzaq/Hmmad Azam and Ahmed Shahzad.Shoaib malik has justified his position by playing winning knocks against SA & India.While umer akmal needs to go to academy and learn how to stay at wicket and score runs.We keep on calling him talented player but what is the use of such talent who cannot deliver when required. Pakistan is depending on the bowling and what they really need is just a little bit support from batting.

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | June 10, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Misbah is doing great job. I only wonder if he had any influence in team, why on earth he didnt take Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan and Ahmad Shahzad in side? Pakistan Best Odi side to my opinion could be:

    (1) Nasir Jamshed (2) Ahmad Shahzad (3) Hafeez (4) Misbah (5) Haris Sohail (6) Umar Akmal (7) Muhammad Rizwan (8) Wahab/anwar ali/asad ali/ehsan adil (9) Ajmal (10) Junaid (11) Irfan...............(12) Asad Shafeeq

  • POSTED BY Jason_Mcphee on | June 10, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    A country to have produced legends like Zaheer Abbs, Mushtaq Muhammad, inzi, Yousaf; to have this mediocre batting line up now. They dropped Y. Khan and more surprisingly Umar Akmal just to make fun of this British tour. I don't know if they have any batting talent in the bag, they have loads of bowlers, you take out the current bowlers from this team and I am damn sure they will be replaced by better bowlers than them, whether fast or spin. Where is Fawad Alam ? saw him in the 2009 T20 and where is Azhar Ali ?

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    I think except Misbah,, everyone else is misfit to be skipper for Pak. Hafeez hypes himself but never shines. He always gets aggressive when he is leading side in 20/20,, I have never seen him supporting or discussing anything with misbah in tests or ODIs

  • POSTED BY Kak-mal_Khan on | June 10, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    @cricket_live - although I'm in agreement with poor team selection of Shoaib Malik, and Imran Farhat, I'm not convinced with having both Ahmed Shezad & Umar Akmal as worthy replacements, you forget that this is 50 over cricket and those 2 players and 20/20 style of batsmen. Therefore I would recommend Azhar Ali, and have had Umar Akmal as he is a better fielder than Shezad. Also your analysis on Misbah is so wrong, and he can not be compared to Dhoni, these are two different style of players. The difference between Indian talented batsmen i.e Kholi & Dhoni v U. Akmal & Afridi is that the former have brains. If Pak had talented batsmen with brains then we would not require a grinder like Misbah in the limited overs team - so don't blame Misbah, blame the rest of the line-up that consistently, unlike India (whom you compare), leave Pakistan 5+ wkts down before even putting hundred on the board, thank god for Misbah, just watch Pakistan fold for less than 100 runs after he retires!

  • POSTED BY eastkwekwe on | June 10, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Misbah did the right thing to try and bat out the 50 overs and get a decent score. It is unfair to criticize him when 9 other batsmen failed to reach double figures. Without Misbah Pakistan batting is nothing.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Pakistan's batting is struggling big time. Weather will be a big factor for the outcome of the games. But they are missing a 'X FACTOR' player down at number 6 or 7. Imran Farhat shouldn't be playing at all in ODI's for Pakistan. They need some one to partner with Dashing Nasir Jamshed at the top and look to have a BIG HITTER ALL ROUNDER like HAMAD AZAM OR ABDUR RAZZAQ at number 6 or 7. It will allow Misbah to have a extra medium pace bowling option as the english conditions will surely suite the style of bowling of ABDUR RAZZAQ. More so, ABDUR RAZZAQ has vast experience playing for counties so that can be pivotal for PAKISTAN. The selectors shouldnt see the issues too far ahead. ABDUR RAZZAQ is the best replacement they have which SHAHID AFRIDI left in the lower middle order of the fragile batting line up of Current Pakistan Team. I urge Pakistani Selectors look in to this matter seriously.

  • POSTED BY Pathiyal on | June 10, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    well said misbah. wish them to be at their best against SA & Ind. as an Indian, I will be glad to meet them in the finals. along with misbah, the guy who can make a big difference for them is hafeez, hope he will pick up soon.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    Totally Agree with Misbah selection and his competence as a captain and a cool minded Middle order expertise. Just two things if brought to notice the team will be like a complete. You cannot exclude any of the bowler but one Right Handed Fast/medium is always a need of any attacking team. 2ndly Farhat has no reason to be in the team & pakistan must make a dedicated academy to arrange a professional and competent Wicket Keeper. Just get rid of Kamran Akmal.

  • POSTED BY IMcricfan on | June 10, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    Umar Akmal is similar to Rohit Sharma.Period.Loads of talent but hits the marquee seldomly.

  • POSTED BY raihan927 on | June 10, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    I wonder how do people still support younis Khan who hasn't perform in ODIs at all.He was the only No.3 batsman who has played more than 250 ODIs and scored only 6 centuries with an average of 30 runs per match.He isn't a match winner nor he can hit the bowl hard so he along with AFRIDI and now Farhat are liabilities in our team.We are missing Razzaq/Hmmad Azam and Ahmed Shahzad.Shoaib malik has justified his position by playing winning knocks against SA & India.While umer akmal needs to go to academy and learn how to stay at wicket and score runs.We keep on calling him talented player but what is the use of such talent who cannot deliver when required. Pakistan is depending on the bowling and what they really need is just a little bit support from batting.

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | June 10, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Misbah is doing great job. I only wonder if he had any influence in team, why on earth he didnt take Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan and Ahmad Shahzad in side? Pakistan Best Odi side to my opinion could be:

    (1) Nasir Jamshed (2) Ahmad Shahzad (3) Hafeez (4) Misbah (5) Haris Sohail (6) Umar Akmal (7) Muhammad Rizwan (8) Wahab/anwar ali/asad ali/ehsan adil (9) Ajmal (10) Junaid (11) Irfan...............(12) Asad Shafeeq

  • POSTED BY Jason_Mcphee on | June 10, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    A country to have produced legends like Zaheer Abbs, Mushtaq Muhammad, inzi, Yousaf; to have this mediocre batting line up now. They dropped Y. Khan and more surprisingly Umar Akmal just to make fun of this British tour. I don't know if they have any batting talent in the bag, they have loads of bowlers, you take out the current bowlers from this team and I am damn sure they will be replaced by better bowlers than them, whether fast or spin. Where is Fawad Alam ? saw him in the 2009 T20 and where is Azhar Ali ?

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    I think except Misbah,, everyone else is misfit to be skipper for Pak. Hafeez hypes himself but never shines. He always gets aggressive when he is leading side in 20/20,, I have never seen him supporting or discussing anything with misbah in tests or ODIs

  • POSTED BY Kak-mal_Khan on | June 10, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    @cricket_live - although I'm in agreement with poor team selection of Shoaib Malik, and Imran Farhat, I'm not convinced with having both Ahmed Shezad & Umar Akmal as worthy replacements, you forget that this is 50 over cricket and those 2 players and 20/20 style of batsmen. Therefore I would recommend Azhar Ali, and have had Umar Akmal as he is a better fielder than Shezad. Also your analysis on Misbah is so wrong, and he can not be compared to Dhoni, these are two different style of players. The difference between Indian talented batsmen i.e Kholi & Dhoni v U. Akmal & Afridi is that the former have brains. If Pak had talented batsmen with brains then we would not require a grinder like Misbah in the limited overs team - so don't blame Misbah, blame the rest of the line-up that consistently, unlike India (whom you compare), leave Pakistan 5+ wkts down before even putting hundred on the board, thank god for Misbah, just watch Pakistan fold for less than 100 runs after he retires!

  • POSTED BY eastkwekwe on | June 10, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Misbah did the right thing to try and bat out the 50 overs and get a decent score. It is unfair to criticize him when 9 other batsmen failed to reach double figures. Without Misbah Pakistan batting is nothing.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Pakistan's batting is struggling big time. Weather will be a big factor for the outcome of the games. But they are missing a 'X FACTOR' player down at number 6 or 7. Imran Farhat shouldn't be playing at all in ODI's for Pakistan. They need some one to partner with Dashing Nasir Jamshed at the top and look to have a BIG HITTER ALL ROUNDER like HAMAD AZAM OR ABDUR RAZZAQ at number 6 or 7. It will allow Misbah to have a extra medium pace bowling option as the english conditions will surely suite the style of bowling of ABDUR RAZZAQ. More so, ABDUR RAZZAQ has vast experience playing for counties so that can be pivotal for PAKISTAN. The selectors shouldnt see the issues too far ahead. ABDUR RAZZAQ is the best replacement they have which SHAHID AFRIDI left in the lower middle order of the fragile batting line up of Current Pakistan Team. I urge Pakistani Selectors look in to this matter seriously.

  • POSTED BY Pathiyal on | June 10, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    well said misbah. wish them to be at their best against SA & Ind. as an Indian, I will be glad to meet them in the finals. along with misbah, the guy who can make a big difference for them is hafeez, hope he will pick up soon.

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | June 10, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    As i always maintain, Pakistan is usually a team that scores 230 at max fi the big hitters in the lower middle order like Razzak , Afridi, Umar Akmal doesn't click.. But in this champions trophy, they all are not here.. I feel they can score max 230 unless some miraculous innings from any other of the trundlers in the line up..

    But their firepower lies in their bowling line up.. Usually their bowling attack is such one that won't allow the opposition score more than 230-250 mark..

    If bat first, the batting just need to concentrate to score that will allow their bowlers to go in full throttle.. Bowl first, restrict and don't lose wicket to new ball.. Hafeez can be a good enforcer in the middle overs and he can play spin pretty well.. If he can stay and manage till 25-30 overs, Malik and Misbah have enough experience to finish it..

  • POSTED BY IMcricfan on | June 10, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    I think Hafeez should be brought down the order and Kamran should be sent up.If Hafeez were not to be chipping in with the ball even his place would have been under scanner.Frankly speaking Pakistan needs 2 of its top 3 scoring at least 30 runs to take off some pressure from the middle order.With Hafeez coming at 6 their will be some spine left in the batting. They need to have one hitter all rounder in Abdul Razzak mould for the team to be able to have respectable totals or else batting second they will win only those matches in which the opposition has scored under 200.

  • POSTED BY TypeRiter on | June 10, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    Irishwolfhound - spot on pal.

    Afridi is a liability. I was disappointed when the board offered/renewed his terms earlier this year.

    I have no time for Hafeez either as a captain. He should concentrate on his batting; at the sign of a decent attack, his resolve is found wanting.

    Misbah is the best man for us - I wish we could all appreciate this. I'm delighted that I can actually place faith in his credibility/honesty - very rare in Pakistan and am really saddened that he is, to quote George Dobell, "in the autumn of his career".

    It's either going to go two way:

    1) We will lose to S.A and then beat India, when it is inconsequential 2) We will beat S.A and then lose to India when it most matters (i.e progressing)

    The joys of being a Pakistani supporter - I wouldn't have it any other way though!

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Live on | June 10, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    If only Misbah would have played for the team and not his hundred, we would have got a decent total and he would have got his 1st hundred just 2 games before his retirement. Does anyone recall what Dhoni did when he came to crease and india were 75/5??? That's what captains do, only if they deserve the spot. This team selection is true representation of Misbah mentality, average players and no character (batsmen). Please think how long Misbah will be remembered once he retires, thats what explains him and his performance. Misbah is one sided love affair and we all know how does that end. Imran Farhat over Ahmed Shehzad? Shoaib over Umer Akmal? Asad over Younis? Moreover, if all the members don't believe in the similar ideology it can never be considered "a team" and thats what we see over an over. collapses, over and over. Nothing would change unless a discipline of deserving is not implemented. Misbah should enjoy the last few games, that is if there will be anything in it to enjoy

  • POSTED BY AAES on | June 10, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    I think if you want to play shoaib Malik play him at no 3 because his avg is more than 45, i was listening to one of his interview where he said he would like to bat at no 3, atleast we should try him at no 3 position. As far as Imran Farhat concerned he needs to out of Pak team forever i dont on wat basis he is selected he is totally waste.Umar Amin has to play and give him chance for couple of One days.

  • POSTED BY kapilesh23 on | June 10, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    I don't know whether to call it absurd or something else. Pakistan loves Afridi madly a mercurial, unstable and once in a year performing player. and they want to replace Misbah a calm, responsible and reliable guy with Afridi. I mean how really infatuated Pakistanis are with Afridi. He must be the luckiest player in the world to have this kind of following. It is just like David Beckham in football.

  • POSTED BY raihan927 on | June 10, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    I don't understand why people keep on supporting AFRIDI who hasn't performed consistently.He had been given so many chances still he never able to justify his position.Misbah is doing well and young players are following him.There is no politics or grouping in the team which is always present when AFRIDI plays.Spirit of the players is so high right now.And our team is fighting under his captaincy.Now talking about inclusion of test player Asad Shafiq so we should not forget that our team is unable to play whole 50 overs in last few matches.Therefore we need solid batsman in the middle order unlike umer akmal.All we need to do is to drop imran farhat include umer amin and use kamran akmal at no.3 though he also doesn't justify his position in the team as wicket keeper at all who keeps on dropping catches.

  • POSTED BY CrazyforcricketIII on | June 10, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    I agree with "PakWinners". Misbah is the best thing happened to Pakistan and we should appreciate his presence. His cool temperament will lead us to the semi-finals of this tournament- Inshallah! Stop criticizing him!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    Pak shud bat first, they have that much of bowling strength to defend small totals as well. They shud learn from their batting mistakes in their prev encounter against WI & shud post a reasonable scaore of 250 plus, which they can do ! Let pray for Pak team today.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | June 10, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    I have still not figured out why Younis Khan was left out, and why Shoaib Malik has been selected.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    Good player for middle order but not a good captain! Since he became the Captain.. Pakistan lost all the power hitters.. NO Razzaq, NO Afridi, NO Hammad Azam.

    he is playing a test batsman Asad Shafiq and useless Farhat.

    if you are afraid of trying new talent pls stop playing one-day cricket. Its time.. Hafeez or someone else should take the spot!

  • POSTED BY PakWinners on | June 10, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    I have faith in Misbah, he can do anything for his team, he does it good, he handles everything good. And he also tries to do something. And I hope he makes century against South Africa, he is a perfect man to be a team captain. And it is going to be hard after MIsbah retires to choose a perfect captain like him for the strong team.! :)))

  • POSTED BY EngineerKhan on | June 10, 2013, 2:19 GMT

    MFNadeem. Cant agree more. You summarized the story

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | June 9, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    While the roll call of players was being announced on the big screen at The Oval, the fans booed Misbah. The same fans were on their feet when Misbah was cracking sixes at will. We shouldn't take all the criticism seriously, some fans just need someone to blame for some of the team's recent disappointments. Right now, Misbah-ul-Haq is the best thing about the Pakistan team. We'll miss him when he's gone, let's all start appreciating him more while he's here. Go Misbah, you've got more than enough of us one your side, we'll back you in every damn match you lead our wayward team in.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    Good one, I just hope that we do well in this CT

  • POSTED BY tturk on | June 9, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    Look, it's pretty simple I'm sorry George Dobell but you've got this completely wrong your only talking about a small minority of Pakistani supporters, after going through everything we've been through, we have matured a lot, we all want Afridi there yes that's true, but we only want him there because of his character, we all know that he does not deserve a place in the team, we all know, deep down, that Misbah is the best choice, we all saw that in the West Indies vs Pakistan game, the supporters including myself, were chanting his name not Afridi's, all of us love him because he has that stability that doesn't let Pakistan's reputation slip, we all love him. People go on about him not bringing in some key players e.g. Younis, Akmal and Afridi but what can he do, every time they let him down, then critics say that they should not be in the team, he drops them and still he gets criticized, I along with many others stand by him.

  • POSTED BY Im13pak on | June 9, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    "Amazing article Mr.dobell as always.Pakistan batting will never achieve the results until and unless they drop passengers like imran farhat and shoaib malik from the team!Pakistan's bowling is certainly best in the world because of all the variety they have but i am afraid to say bowling alone can't win you matches!pakistan need to do something about there batting rather quickly or otherwise they'll be nowhere in the near future!"

  • POSTED BY hamza1982 on | June 9, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Pakistans batting resources are fine, its the selection thats mind boggling. Who keeps on Picking Farhat, Malik, and Kamran? These guys are useless. And Amin is not good enough for international cricket. We should have picked Sarfraz, Azhar, Harris and Babar Azam instead of Kamran, Farhat, Malik and Amin. We just need a solid batting line up that can make us 250 regularly. Our bowlers can defend that.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    Seems like it Misbah vs rest of the team, my suggestion is to play with 4 seamers against India and SA. Akmal should be left out after champions trophy, Misbah is smart enough to select the balanced team against SA. Since batting is a major concern why not add another bowler and make bowling even more strong?

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    A worthwhile read. I think Pakistan may not need Captain like Misbah tuk tuk, but surely need a batsman like him on long run.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Gud Article..Buck up Misbah...

  • POSTED BY MFNadeem on | June 9, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    I don't mind one Misbah in a team, who is certainly a good player. My problem is that, he has transcended his soul into the whole team by deliberately bringing Tuk Tuk players: Farhat, Asad Shafique, Azhar Ali, Umar Amin... What can you do with a player of limited ability? Where are decent players who can score quickly, like Ahmad Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Usman Salahudin, Hammad Azam? Misbah certainly has a big SAY in selection...

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    Agree. Some time ago thete was an article which has something which truly reflects misbahs state, something like this

    " misbah is like a obediant wife whose all good deeds just don't bring much appreciation"

    In this event team selection was not good. Imran farhat, malik made it in. Out of playing 11 they have just 1 spare batsman umar amin, and 3 spare bowlers, so hardly any choice to change batting line up. Bstting not firing at all. What can he do.

  • POSTED BY TheProfPak on | June 9, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Who are young players ill-prepared for international game challenges here? Kamran Akmal (more than 150 ODI), Shoaib Malik (over 200 ODIs), Imran Farhat (playing for over 12 years)??? These are the senior batsmen in Pakistan team who are supposed to take responsibilities. I hope that this will be the last time of many of these as I don't see Pakistan into semis with such horrible batting lineup.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Misbah ul Haq has never been an under achiever but certainly an underrated cricketer. He never received the appreciation and encouragement which he actually deserved thanks to a hyper sensitive nation he is a part of. Yes he is not flamboyant, he is not an exciting player to watch but he is an enormously determined character with a strong will and an honest and sincere character. Misbah you will be remembered in good books always!!!!!!!!! I pray for your respect and victory in the matches ahead in the champions trophy

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    No doubt about that we need him in the batting line up in tests and ODIs but I am not a big fan of his captaincy. He is such a defensive captain and that doesnt go well in situations like yesterdays match against Westindies. There were some problems with the field setting. You got to be on them attackng all the time.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | June 9, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Pakistan's batting woes are due to their batsmen not consistently featuring in English county cricket coupled with weak mentality that cannot sustain pressure.

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  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | June 9, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Pakistan's batting woes are due to their batsmen not consistently featuring in English county cricket coupled with weak mentality that cannot sustain pressure.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    No doubt about that we need him in the batting line up in tests and ODIs but I am not a big fan of his captaincy. He is such a defensive captain and that doesnt go well in situations like yesterdays match against Westindies. There were some problems with the field setting. You got to be on them attackng all the time.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Misbah ul Haq has never been an under achiever but certainly an underrated cricketer. He never received the appreciation and encouragement which he actually deserved thanks to a hyper sensitive nation he is a part of. Yes he is not flamboyant, he is not an exciting player to watch but he is an enormously determined character with a strong will and an honest and sincere character. Misbah you will be remembered in good books always!!!!!!!!! I pray for your respect and victory in the matches ahead in the champions trophy

  • POSTED BY TheProfPak on | June 9, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Who are young players ill-prepared for international game challenges here? Kamran Akmal (more than 150 ODI), Shoaib Malik (over 200 ODIs), Imran Farhat (playing for over 12 years)??? These are the senior batsmen in Pakistan team who are supposed to take responsibilities. I hope that this will be the last time of many of these as I don't see Pakistan into semis with such horrible batting lineup.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    Agree. Some time ago thete was an article which has something which truly reflects misbahs state, something like this

    " misbah is like a obediant wife whose all good deeds just don't bring much appreciation"

    In this event team selection was not good. Imran farhat, malik made it in. Out of playing 11 they have just 1 spare batsman umar amin, and 3 spare bowlers, so hardly any choice to change batting line up. Bstting not firing at all. What can he do.

  • POSTED BY MFNadeem on | June 9, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    I don't mind one Misbah in a team, who is certainly a good player. My problem is that, he has transcended his soul into the whole team by deliberately bringing Tuk Tuk players: Farhat, Asad Shafique, Azhar Ali, Umar Amin... What can you do with a player of limited ability? Where are decent players who can score quickly, like Ahmad Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Usman Salahudin, Hammad Azam? Misbah certainly has a big SAY in selection...

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Gud Article..Buck up Misbah...

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    A worthwhile read. I think Pakistan may not need Captain like Misbah tuk tuk, but surely need a batsman like him on long run.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    Seems like it Misbah vs rest of the team, my suggestion is to play with 4 seamers against India and SA. Akmal should be left out after champions trophy, Misbah is smart enough to select the balanced team against SA. Since batting is a major concern why not add another bowler and make bowling even more strong?

  • POSTED BY hamza1982 on | June 9, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Pakistans batting resources are fine, its the selection thats mind boggling. Who keeps on Picking Farhat, Malik, and Kamran? These guys are useless. And Amin is not good enough for international cricket. We should have picked Sarfraz, Azhar, Harris and Babar Azam instead of Kamran, Farhat, Malik and Amin. We just need a solid batting line up that can make us 250 regularly. Our bowlers can defend that.