Pakistan v Australia, 3rd ODI, Sharjah September 4, 2012

Misbah stands by decision to play four spinners

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Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan's captain, has said he changed a winning line-up for Monday's match to play to the team's strengths. Pakistan had won the second game but, after replacing fast bowler Sohail Tanvir with Shahid Afridi in a four-spinner attack, lost the final match in Sharjah and also a chance to record their first ODI-series victory over Australia in ten years.

"Spinners are our strength. Moreover, everyone knows that the Sharjah track is slow and so opposition players struggle against spin, so we went in with only one pacer," Misbah said after the final ODI. Afridi had missed the second ODI due to a back injury but the decision to recall him backfired, with Afridi failing to contribute much with both bat and ball - he was out for 7 off 6 balls after being promoted to No. 3 in wake of Pakistan's solid opening stand, and then conceded 62 in his ten overs without picking up a wicket.

Misbah said: "I've already said that [bringing in Afridi] was because we wanted to strengthen our spin department, and he bowled okay in the first game. So that is why we just brought him in and went in with one fast bowler. [When batting] we promoted him up the order so that he could get some time to settle in, but unfortunately he could not get runs."

Offspinner Saeed Ajmal was the most potent of the Pakistan bowlers, at one point his bowling figures reading 5-1-11-3. He could have had Michael Hussey, Australia's top-scorer, out without scoring when the batsman got caught in front of middle and leg deep in the crease to one that skidded in. But umpire Billy Bowden turned down the appeal and Pakistan didn't call for a referral. That, Misbah said, was an error in judgement. "That was a big mistake," he said. "We couldn't agree on a decision to take the review, and in the end it proved very costly."

Pakistan's fielding, once again let them down. In the ninth over, Afridi put down David Hussey at mid-on - he leapt well enough to get both hands to the ball, but could not hold on - on 22, and the batsman doubled his score. In the 45th, Azhar Ali dropped a simple chance at deep midwicket to give Glenn Maxwell, who eventually took Australia home, a life.

However, Misbah said, it was not just their fielding that needed improving. "I think we have to improve in every department of the game, especially [with regards to] finding the right combination of fast bowlers - an area in which we are really struggling.

"Also, we have to improve our batting. At important stages of the game we collapse while batting. We have to improve [our batting in the Powerplays] because if you keep losing wickets in Powerplays, that is only going in favour of the other team. We have to understand that Powerplay are only for the set batsman out there; they can play the Powerplay just like Nasir [Jamshed] and [Mohammad] Hafeez did - they took full advantage of the bowling Powerplay, that is the way we have to play the batting Powerplay also.

In Monday's game, though, given the conditions Pakistan's batsmen did decently, Misbah said. "The bigger difference [than the dew] was the behaviour of the pitch and also the outfield. Edges off even spinners went for boundaries [in Australia's innings], but when we batted the ball wasn't traveling. Even if we played the fast bowler to fine leg and third man, it was not going to the boundary.

"I think, also, the wicket was slow in the first innings; it was not easy because ball would stop and come. So whenever a new batsman went in, it was tough for him: the ball was reversing and also stopping, and Australia also used variations effectively. I feel our score, according to the conditions, was good. If we played a bit more well [in the field], I think it was a good total and we held the match if we got a few more early wickets."

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  • POSTED BY ilyas on | September 5, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    To win any game, including T20, you need match winning bowlers. Guys who take wickets and put pressure on the opposing teams. To have 4 spinners is unbelieveable with only one capable of taking wickets. Rehman is ok for tests but for one day cricket definitely not. Hafeez is an average cricketer who will only do ok in the sub continent and even then mainly against Bangla. Afridi has put on weight and its affecting his bowling. Is the fast bowling cupboard bare so poor that we have to pick a load of average spinners? We should have taken risks against bangla earlier in the season and blooded some of the raw fast bowlers but we didnt and we are relying on a medium pacer. Pakistan need to sort this out otherwise we will continue to get annhilated in limited ovrs cricket

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Fielding, fielding , fielding....that's it. what if pak had consumed one review already n none left to review? so point to the ways one has control over the game. Australia cut the 4 fours n 2s to 2s n singles count those n own dropped catches.

    misbah batted sensibly otherwise team wouldn't have last 50 overs as proved often. consuming 50 overs was at least a achievement. Misbah provide strike to others like asad, akmals afridi to play stroke n keep his play till the end. Misbah although handled badly by inzimam did very well when returned to team. He must be in T20 squad as well.

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Following three reasons of Pakistan's defeat in last ODI:

    1. Saeed didn't go for referral. 2. Two important catches dropped by Afridi and Azhar 3. weather conditions

    Sajjad

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | September 5, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    The defeat is not for Misbah but for Afridi and Akmals. Misbah made few mistakes, true, but think about the runs scored by Afridi and the famous Akmal. think about the horrible bowling of Afridi, the drop catch by Azhar and the missed review chance for LBW. It is a combination of all these plus the determination of Australian to win from 159 for 5 to 250. Pakistan is not at per with Ausis, just accept the fact. Pak selectors are more responsible for not bringing young players. Old are becoming useless, sad but true.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 4, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    I like Misbah - but I think his comment about "...Edges off even spinners went for boundaries [in Australia's innings], but when we batted the ball wasn't traveling..." - I think that was more to do with Oz's more athletic fielding. Most edges off a spinner should be picked up by 3rd man comfortably. @dsig3 - "....doesn't mean you can play scrubs, which is what Hafeez and Rehman are..." - I don't agree with labelling Rehman or Hafeez as scrubs. Rehman is a good frontline spinner, & Hafeez is a very good part timer, just shy of being frontline material. I do agree that 4 spinners was not a great plan, it would work for a country like Bangladesh who have very few seamers combined with a plethora of offies, but Pakistan do have decent pacers & they should of had a 2nd one. @TRIN999 - mate Oz have plenty of pitches that suit spin bowling, the thing is, most of those pitches help pacers as well - that is a SPORTING pitch.

  • POSTED BY Toescrusher on | September 4, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    @Chris_P: Our team is Australia and we are not hard on them.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | September 4, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    I think you guys are way too hard on your team. You say Misbah is conservative, yet he gambles on Afridi at #3. The bowlers did their job, we were doing it hard. The biggest gap between the sides was the fielding. Therein was at least 20 runs difference, if not more. Conditions were tough as well, this wasn't an easy series to play in. These sort of matches toughens you up for later games. From an Aussie pov playing against Pakistan, I would prefer Afridi didn't play as he is so destructive when on song. Look for the positives, you were up against a good side as well.

  • POSTED BY ejsiddiqui on | September 4, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    If I have to say one reason for the defeat of Pakistan. i.e. "Bad Captaincy". I could not comprehend Misbah's captaincy e.g.taking the bowler out of attack when he has just taken another wicket in last over, giving easy singles when you need to defend 5 run a over rate, not using your only fast bowler in power plays, adding too much burden on a player when he is injured etc. I would not complain about batting collapse and poor fielding this is routine problems not this match specific issues.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Most stupid captain Misbaha

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Pakistanis should not be disappointed with the result as this team is very average. TEAM PAKISTAN definitely need to plan for World Cup 2015 and to start with it should end ODI careers of Misbah, Yunus and Afridi and I do not think Ajmal will be available come 2015 world cup. As for Hafeez (batting), Umar Gul and Sohail Tanvir they are too inconsistent and they need to perform regularly otherwise they too should be given their marching orders. Hafeez in my opinion would also not make a good captain and I would appoint Azhar Ali as ODI captain and he should proof to be a good number 3 batsman as there are now two new balls used. He should also be encouraged to bowl more as he started his career as a spinner. The team should be constructed around plus other youngsters 1. Nasir Jamshed, 2.Ahmed Shehzad, 3. Azhar Ali (captain), 4. Umar Akmal, 5. Asad Shafiq, 6. Hafeez, 7. Kamran Akmal (w/k batsman), 8. Umar Gul, 9. Junaid Khan, 10. another fast bowler / spinner, 11. Ajmal or other.

  • POSTED BY ilyas on | September 5, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    To win any game, including T20, you need match winning bowlers. Guys who take wickets and put pressure on the opposing teams. To have 4 spinners is unbelieveable with only one capable of taking wickets. Rehman is ok for tests but for one day cricket definitely not. Hafeez is an average cricketer who will only do ok in the sub continent and even then mainly against Bangla. Afridi has put on weight and its affecting his bowling. Is the fast bowling cupboard bare so poor that we have to pick a load of average spinners? We should have taken risks against bangla earlier in the season and blooded some of the raw fast bowlers but we didnt and we are relying on a medium pacer. Pakistan need to sort this out otherwise we will continue to get annhilated in limited ovrs cricket

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Fielding, fielding , fielding....that's it. what if pak had consumed one review already n none left to review? so point to the ways one has control over the game. Australia cut the 4 fours n 2s to 2s n singles count those n own dropped catches.

    misbah batted sensibly otherwise team wouldn't have last 50 overs as proved often. consuming 50 overs was at least a achievement. Misbah provide strike to others like asad, akmals afridi to play stroke n keep his play till the end. Misbah although handled badly by inzimam did very well when returned to team. He must be in T20 squad as well.

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Following three reasons of Pakistan's defeat in last ODI:

    1. Saeed didn't go for referral. 2. Two important catches dropped by Afridi and Azhar 3. weather conditions

    Sajjad

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | September 5, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    The defeat is not for Misbah but for Afridi and Akmals. Misbah made few mistakes, true, but think about the runs scored by Afridi and the famous Akmal. think about the horrible bowling of Afridi, the drop catch by Azhar and the missed review chance for LBW. It is a combination of all these plus the determination of Australian to win from 159 for 5 to 250. Pakistan is not at per with Ausis, just accept the fact. Pak selectors are more responsible for not bringing young players. Old are becoming useless, sad but true.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 4, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    I like Misbah - but I think his comment about "...Edges off even spinners went for boundaries [in Australia's innings], but when we batted the ball wasn't traveling..." - I think that was more to do with Oz's more athletic fielding. Most edges off a spinner should be picked up by 3rd man comfortably. @dsig3 - "....doesn't mean you can play scrubs, which is what Hafeez and Rehman are..." - I don't agree with labelling Rehman or Hafeez as scrubs. Rehman is a good frontline spinner, & Hafeez is a very good part timer, just shy of being frontline material. I do agree that 4 spinners was not a great plan, it would work for a country like Bangladesh who have very few seamers combined with a plethora of offies, but Pakistan do have decent pacers & they should of had a 2nd one. @TRIN999 - mate Oz have plenty of pitches that suit spin bowling, the thing is, most of those pitches help pacers as well - that is a SPORTING pitch.

  • POSTED BY Toescrusher on | September 4, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    @Chris_P: Our team is Australia and we are not hard on them.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | September 4, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    I think you guys are way too hard on your team. You say Misbah is conservative, yet he gambles on Afridi at #3. The bowlers did their job, we were doing it hard. The biggest gap between the sides was the fielding. Therein was at least 20 runs difference, if not more. Conditions were tough as well, this wasn't an easy series to play in. These sort of matches toughens you up for later games. From an Aussie pov playing against Pakistan, I would prefer Afridi didn't play as he is so destructive when on song. Look for the positives, you were up against a good side as well.

  • POSTED BY ejsiddiqui on | September 4, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    If I have to say one reason for the defeat of Pakistan. i.e. "Bad Captaincy". I could not comprehend Misbah's captaincy e.g.taking the bowler out of attack when he has just taken another wicket in last over, giving easy singles when you need to defend 5 run a over rate, not using your only fast bowler in power plays, adding too much burden on a player when he is injured etc. I would not complain about batting collapse and poor fielding this is routine problems not this match specific issues.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Most stupid captain Misbaha

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Pakistanis should not be disappointed with the result as this team is very average. TEAM PAKISTAN definitely need to plan for World Cup 2015 and to start with it should end ODI careers of Misbah, Yunus and Afridi and I do not think Ajmal will be available come 2015 world cup. As for Hafeez (batting), Umar Gul and Sohail Tanvir they are too inconsistent and they need to perform regularly otherwise they too should be given their marching orders. Hafeez in my opinion would also not make a good captain and I would appoint Azhar Ali as ODI captain and he should proof to be a good number 3 batsman as there are now two new balls used. He should also be encouraged to bowl more as he started his career as a spinner. The team should be constructed around plus other youngsters 1. Nasir Jamshed, 2.Ahmed Shehzad, 3. Azhar Ali (captain), 4. Umar Akmal, 5. Asad Shafiq, 6. Hafeez, 7. Kamran Akmal (w/k batsman), 8. Umar Gul, 9. Junaid Khan, 10. another fast bowler / spinner, 11. Ajmal or other.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Why didn't he prefer Tanwir over Junaid then? That would make it an all-spin attack!

  • POSTED BY short_cover on | September 4, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    I like to know who in the team was against reviewing the LBW appeal for M. Hussy???? And if the bowler wants, why cant he just insist on it and get it done. If Ajmal was the one who was not sure,,, well then I would doubt his judgement ability.

    Poor fielding/catching/keeping cost us the game... thats it.

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | September 4, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    U select 4 spiners or 3 main thing is tht u need wicket takers. And pakistan have only1 of tht. Poor decision by billy but worst not to review it,whts the point of drs when u r not reviewing.also poor batting.126/1 in26 overs and rest only added 115.afridi,umar,misbha played bad shots. Also ajmal is ur main strik bowler use him sensibly when he was firing. He was threatening but took him off and gave aus breathing space.pak need a good batting medium pace allrounder to balance side.kamran can't bat down the order

  • POSTED BY WaseemHassanGul on | September 4, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Well in my opinion, don't include any player in the team for reason of being past legend only. 1. Afridi is only good as long as he is an all rounder. He is a waste if he is in for bowling only. There are far better spinners in Pakistan. Besides he cant bowl in power plays, starting overs or & ending overs. 2. This is age of 20-20, so any player who turns ODI into a test match like Misbah, Asad should not be in the team 3. There should be 2 guaranteed places brilliant fielders including keeper. If they don't bat good, they'll stop 40-50 runs like Rhodes 3. We should develop 1 or 2 batting all rounder like Abdur Razzaq whom we can rely on 4. We should develop some good fast bowlers, these days all our concentration is on spin. We had only a few world class spinners but we had many world class fast bowlers. 5. Once we make some a captain he should be captain for at least 3 years, if he is demoted he should be out of team forever.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    spinners are not our strength!!...fast bowlers have always been our strength...you need fast bowlers to defend totals like 240 and 250...only teams like india that are capable of scoring 300 every other game can afford to play 3 or 4 spinners...its time to kick out misbah from the one day team...every innings he scores 20 off 40 balls and then gets out...his average of 90 in successful chases is misleading...he has never won pakistan a single game and the other day he was blaming the lower order (afridi and kamran) for the loss

  • POSTED BY saabir786 on | September 4, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    mishbah giving the lame excuses that wicket was slow when we were batting he need to kick out of pak squad and appoint some young captain

  • POSTED BY Taz786 on | September 4, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    Time for Misbah to retire from ODI's. He is past his best. Hand it over to Hafeez and Afridi doesn't want to perform, then drop him for Hammad Azam. This is the time to blood new youngsters for 2015 World Cup so they can get some experience.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    For love of God we need a new wicket Keeper.

  • POSTED BY swat1999 on | September 4, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    Misbah have to take all responsibility for loosing. I also blaming all those bloody poor fielding and catch dropping by Pakistanis. Afridi needs to reitired himself from ODI cricket as soon. and Hafiz shall be take Pak captaincy

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Defensive captaincy poor fielding and worst bowler combination FULL stop

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Pakistan lost simply because apart from the time when Jamshed and Hafeez were batting it did not have the same level of commitment as the Aus. Just watching the Aus field one knew that they would put everything on the line to win. Pakistan's much vaunted power hitters, Afridi and the Akmal brothers failed abysmally when they were needed most. If among the 3 they had made 60-70 quick runs then it would have been a different story. Playing Tanveer would not have changed anything.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    well also key reason our batting is not clicking is one of the batsman called Umar Akmal who has always been excused by some fans as great talent , played poorly AGAIN!! so did his brother , guys we need to get rid of these two bad apples and bring better batsman i.e Hamad Azam and Abdul Razzaq needs to be included to bring the balance Afridi is only doing well with the ball but not with the bat. Its time to make some fair decisions for the ODI squad !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    I like Misbah the way he take all responsibility and hate the way we always criticise him. Guy he responsibility is consolidate the collapse, which he always do, ask other 6/7 batsman who always gift their wickets and left Pakistani's blaming Misbah. i think the who should be dropped is shahid afridi, bad batting bad fielding bad bowling cost us both matches in which he played. Umar akmal must accompany him. Enough with the talks of TALENT

  • POSTED BY rajwanii on | September 4, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    well said mr.touseef ahmed....but the thing is we dunt have any choice...we need to prepare captains and develop them,as no one is good enough...

  • POSTED BY MunafAhmed811 on | September 4, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    4 Spinners really. Why not 5 . Just because Aussies showed weakness against Ajmal and Hafeez , Pakistan assumed all other spinners will cause same issues. Reality check. Nope it does not happen that way

  • POSTED BY zahidnasim799 on | September 4, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Misbah ul Haq is a defensive captain and yesterday i was too sorry for Pakistan.If he send Afridi early he should have been taken power play else no need to disturb the same lineup. in bowling why he went on back foot. Misbah can not run a team having fast bowler he is very slow in bating and need slow bowler in his side. Sorry to say Missball ul haq nothing sharp he has. Please i request you leave us to enjoy please go misbah go..........

  • POSTED BY HEARTOUT on | September 4, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Whoever is blaming Misbah for this defeat should think twice coz this guy has nothing to do with winning or losing of the side.......when you are putting a team of all old rockets kamran akmal(continued horror show) misbah(A pure wazzack) afridi(no words can describe his stupid brains) and even whatmore(1 test playing coach).....Azhar Ali(start career as bowler).....and even chief of this Cricket board was never been involved in cricket so whatever is the outcome everyone should accept as it is no more complains please.......................no team can win if there are 11 misbah in one team..........

  • POSTED BY TexanBlue on | September 4, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    It's high time both Misbah and Afridi leave for the good sake of pak cricket. Bring in a new brave & smart captain who can outplay his opponent. Akmal bros are best for ODIs when used higher up or we're wasting their talent. Send Kamran as opener and Umer at 3 so that they can freely play their natural game. Hafeez can adjust in middle order. We need Razzaq in ODIs as well; he can be an additional seamer and he knows how to finish game. His explosive batting is badly missed as he can quickly add 10 to 12 runs an over in the end. Those are the extra runs, the 30 to 40 runs, that are proving the difference. A balanced team composition is always the right way to go. Don't play test specialists in ODIs like Misbah always insist on playing Azhar. Malik is a better option in shorter formats and a much better fielder. With T20s coming up, Hafeez needs to think of team first before himself. Dont insist on opening; Team:Nasir, Nazir, Kamran, Umar, Asad, malik, Hafeez,Razzaq,Ajmal,Junaid,Tanvir.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Pakistan has to improve its batting fielding, bowling and captaincy...

  • POSTED BY Zeekay01 on | September 4, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    a good captain can pull out good result from an average team but an average captain can never pull out good from a good team....Clark and Misbah proved it....

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    @dsig3 eventhough I think it was a wrong decision to play with only one fast bowler..but still! Pakistan did not lose because of that decision...but Pakistan lost again because of its poor fielding...4 drop catches and 1 missed stumping at crucial stage.....well you can't get away with so many chances against Australia!

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    here another problem by the management by the PCB...why kamran akmal is lower in the order???he totally fails and shows that he is not lower middle order player..he shud be playing whre he is comfortabe i.e opener...i m pretty sure dat he would got runs on his belt if he had played as a opener which is his natural style like he plays in SLPL...there is not any stragey and plan in pakistan team....the management staff are illetrate..they dont know the modern cricket and its stragy and planning...in my opnion no person above than 60 years shud be given any post of PCB and Coach as well...!

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    If i was a journalist i'd ask him why did he took saeed ajmal out of the attack after he picked up those wickets? and also about sending afridi at number 3. The guy hasn't been batting fairly in recent times and you send him up at number 3 where it is HIT OR DIE situation? AXE MISBAH!..and i am not talking about a deodorant attack on him!

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Misbah, Younis, Gul, Tanvir, Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Sami all need to be discarded from the ODI & T20 teams. The are just becoming a burden on the team. We definitely need to introduce some youngsters in the team as the Australians have done so. They youngsters might not perform in the short run but they will definitely be better than the seniors in the long run. 'What more' also needs to improve his coaching as the team has performed miserably ever since he has become the coach.

  • POSTED BY sohail1991 on | September 4, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Mishbah should be pratical ..its time lo leave ODi cricket ..or else selectors should drop him like T20's .same with Afridi. people talk about his nearly 350 wkts in 349 matches but check his record against good batting teams ..very ordinary! but against minowss amzing avg and strike rate. and in batting its a miracle it happens very rarely.one of the reason for pakistan's poor show in odis against England, in srilnaka and now Australia is Afridi's almost zero contribution. Afridi ODI ststs for year 2012 (excl. Bangladesh and Afghanistan) - 13 Matches played: 7 Wickets at Bowl Avg of 76.28 and Strike Rate of 91.7and in batting scored less runs than even ajmal in last 5 matches

  • POSTED BY ishfi on | September 4, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    It was ridiculous to introduce a part timer azhar ali at a time when partnership was building..and also in batting power play when bowl is chnaged misbah shud have introduced junaid khan then..australia had done fair enough planning by sending D hussey to open and keeping maxwell away after bailey got out..well done australia

  • POSTED BY CricketRockStar on | September 4, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Misbah is not responsible for everything but he is for sure very conservative captain and not suitable in modern cricket. Where Afridi should also either leave ODI cricket or concentrate on batting rather than styling. both Akmal Brothers are shamble and major contribution in defeat.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    i think playing with four spinners was a right choice but due to bad fielding n miss judgement of not taking that preview was a big mistake

  • POSTED BY chamil111 on | September 4, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    yea afridi is not in form these days. But he is not the only player who responsible for Pakistans defeat. Misbah's poor decisions also affects to match. I think sohib malik is much better than afridi these days. Misbah has to rethink about his cricketing life. Kamran akmal is more suitable for top order.

  • POSTED BY Anwar-Lara on | September 4, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    its not about playing 4 spinners, initially we were 30 runs short , why Azhar ali and asad shafiq came in before Akmals thats beyond me specially when we had the platform set and then he took of ajmal when he was doing very well.. need to learn from M Clarke he sent D Hussey up the order to disturb our plan A. so over all its about Misbah's defensive approach and the attitude of "keeping everything for the last few overs" it happened in the past as well and we are losing games because of that.

  • POSTED BY TruthBites on | September 4, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    Misbah is fine as a player and as a captain both. I think it is time to get rid of the trouble makers Afridi, Umar Akmal and Kamran Akmal. This is the only way, in my view, the team can settle down.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | September 4, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Playing 4 spinners(where 2 were all rounders but still..) and only one pace should be termed as lament. Especially considering the due. You can't go in surely with "I will win toss" mindset. Is the pace battery of Pakistan that weak? Really disheartening to see a Pakistani captain not supporting the pace bowlers. They don't even have a pace bowling all rounder. Razzaq need to comeback into the 11 at the expense of one of Akmals.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | September 4, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    @Mervo : It would make cricket a unidimensional game and no more test for batters in different conditions. Cricket, especially test cricket needs different conditions and tracks to test the real mettle of a batsman or a bowler too. Apart from Warne, how many spinners emerged in other regions? While we say Murali and Kumble as legends, we have a almost par Saqlain, Mushi and some very good spinners like Bhajji, Herath(in their peak were very good) and many more spinners emerging from SC. Excluding the yesteryear legends. We should not demean the art in spin bowling.

  • POSTED BY DeemiZafar on | September 4, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    @Aneek, please allow me to disagree. It is always easier to be wiise in hindsight. Azhar Ali's overs could not have been kept for the death, could they? Moreover, the decision to send Aafreedi at 3, was an AGGRESSIVE, not defensive, one. Now, to Misbah's scoring rate: in the current batting line-up, he has the fastest strike-rate after Umer Akmal's - discounting Aafreedi, who is an allrounder. Criticisng the captain is merely a knee-jerk reaction after a loss. I still believe that had Pakistan held on to the chances of catching the Husseys or stumpnig Wade, the result could have been different. The skipper cannot field for 11 players, can he now?

  • POSTED BY TRIN999 on | September 4, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    @ Mervo : why shame? can Australia ,England,S.Africa ever prepare a slow turning pitch(suitable for subcontinental teams) 99% no chance , remaining 1% cause of curator's mistake,if you people can play to your strength ,then why subcontinents should not play to their strengths.India is famous for producing good batsman and Pakistan is famous for producing good bowlers.Australia had one quality spinner ,"Warne" so the skipper had to wait to use him judiciously,such is not the condition for subcontinent.You are playing according to your strengths ,we are playing according to our strength ,whats the big deal?Why the fuss???

  • POSTED BY Kami00000 on | September 4, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Misbah is a very good cool minded captain,pcb should give one more chance ahead of india serious.Time for afridi to say goodby.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Man on | September 4, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    For Afridi and Misbah it should be the end of their playing days and for U. Akmal drop him and bring him back only if he performs with maturity in domestic and county. 4 spinners really wasn't the issue. Misbah you could have gone with 11 spinners if you love them so much. The problem is that this just shows your negative mind set, in which you lost the mental battle before the start of the match. This negative mindset is evident in him removing Ajmal from attack when he was on top, playing 4 spinners and his slow batting. You may win a match here and there but you won't be able to beat big teams and win tournaments with this strategy. Full stop to Afridi's and Misbah's careers!

  • POSTED BY dsig3 on | September 4, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Unbalancing an attack is always a roll of the dice. Either going all pace or spin it will rarely work. In fact, other than WI in the 80's when has it ever worked? Pakistan dont really have enough quality spinners to do it anyway. Just because we dont play spin that well, it doesn't mean you can play scrubs, which is what Hafeez and Rehman are. If dont play anywhere other than UAE or dustbowls.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    I wouldnt blame Misbah so much for his slow batting than for his poor captaincy. Sending Afridi in so early and keeping Ajmal so late were two really bad decisions on his part, which costed us the match and series.

  • POSTED BY Mervo on | September 4, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    It is a shame that spinners tend to dominate in most games in the sub-continent and adjacent regions. To watch India give the new ball to a spinner was so disappointing to those of us who love to watch a good fast bowler as well. Warne was great but so was Lillie and McGrath. That's cricket and it leaves groundsmen the challenge of preparing wickets where all the facets of the game can be on display for those who love its diversity. Not dustbowls, where a Kapil Dev or Imran Khan would never have developed.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    I think It time to say good bye to Misbah in ODIs, his captaincy is very defensive which can't compete in modern age, his poor planning cost Pak the match

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  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    I think It time to say good bye to Misbah in ODIs, his captaincy is very defensive which can't compete in modern age, his poor planning cost Pak the match

  • POSTED BY Mervo on | September 4, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    It is a shame that spinners tend to dominate in most games in the sub-continent and adjacent regions. To watch India give the new ball to a spinner was so disappointing to those of us who love to watch a good fast bowler as well. Warne was great but so was Lillie and McGrath. That's cricket and it leaves groundsmen the challenge of preparing wickets where all the facets of the game can be on display for those who love its diversity. Not dustbowls, where a Kapil Dev or Imran Khan would never have developed.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    I wouldnt blame Misbah so much for his slow batting than for his poor captaincy. Sending Afridi in so early and keeping Ajmal so late were two really bad decisions on his part, which costed us the match and series.

  • POSTED BY dsig3 on | September 4, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Unbalancing an attack is always a roll of the dice. Either going all pace or spin it will rarely work. In fact, other than WI in the 80's when has it ever worked? Pakistan dont really have enough quality spinners to do it anyway. Just because we dont play spin that well, it doesn't mean you can play scrubs, which is what Hafeez and Rehman are. If dont play anywhere other than UAE or dustbowls.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Man on | September 4, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    For Afridi and Misbah it should be the end of their playing days and for U. Akmal drop him and bring him back only if he performs with maturity in domestic and county. 4 spinners really wasn't the issue. Misbah you could have gone with 11 spinners if you love them so much. The problem is that this just shows your negative mind set, in which you lost the mental battle before the start of the match. This negative mindset is evident in him removing Ajmal from attack when he was on top, playing 4 spinners and his slow batting. You may win a match here and there but you won't be able to beat big teams and win tournaments with this strategy. Full stop to Afridi's and Misbah's careers!

  • POSTED BY Kami00000 on | September 4, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Misbah is a very good cool minded captain,pcb should give one more chance ahead of india serious.Time for afridi to say goodby.

  • POSTED BY TRIN999 on | September 4, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    @ Mervo : why shame? can Australia ,England,S.Africa ever prepare a slow turning pitch(suitable for subcontinental teams) 99% no chance , remaining 1% cause of curator's mistake,if you people can play to your strength ,then why subcontinents should not play to their strengths.India is famous for producing good batsman and Pakistan is famous for producing good bowlers.Australia had one quality spinner ,"Warne" so the skipper had to wait to use him judiciously,such is not the condition for subcontinent.You are playing according to your strengths ,we are playing according to our strength ,whats the big deal?Why the fuss???

  • POSTED BY DeemiZafar on | September 4, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    @Aneek, please allow me to disagree. It is always easier to be wiise in hindsight. Azhar Ali's overs could not have been kept for the death, could they? Moreover, the decision to send Aafreedi at 3, was an AGGRESSIVE, not defensive, one. Now, to Misbah's scoring rate: in the current batting line-up, he has the fastest strike-rate after Umer Akmal's - discounting Aafreedi, who is an allrounder. Criticisng the captain is merely a knee-jerk reaction after a loss. I still believe that had Pakistan held on to the chances of catching the Husseys or stumpnig Wade, the result could have been different. The skipper cannot field for 11 players, can he now?

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | September 4, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    @Mervo : It would make cricket a unidimensional game and no more test for batters in different conditions. Cricket, especially test cricket needs different conditions and tracks to test the real mettle of a batsman or a bowler too. Apart from Warne, how many spinners emerged in other regions? While we say Murali and Kumble as legends, we have a almost par Saqlain, Mushi and some very good spinners like Bhajji, Herath(in their peak were very good) and many more spinners emerging from SC. Excluding the yesteryear legends. We should not demean the art in spin bowling.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | September 4, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Playing 4 spinners(where 2 were all rounders but still..) and only one pace should be termed as lament. Especially considering the due. You can't go in surely with "I will win toss" mindset. Is the pace battery of Pakistan that weak? Really disheartening to see a Pakistani captain not supporting the pace bowlers. They don't even have a pace bowling all rounder. Razzaq need to comeback into the 11 at the expense of one of Akmals.