Pakistan v England, 2nd T20, Dubai February 24, 2012

Misbah hits out at captaincy critics

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Misbah-ul-Haq has led an impassioned defence of his captaincy and urged the media not to destabilise Pakistan cricket by pursuing "their own agendas".

What should have been a moment of celebration for Misbah and his team was soured when Pakistan's captain was asked about his own position in the press conference following victory over England in the first of three Twenty20 internationals.

It is not hard to understand why Misbah might have been irritated. He assumed the captaincy of Pakistan in late 2010 with the team disgraced and defeated. Not only that, but he was denied some of the nation's best players due to their involvement in the spot-fixing controversy.

He responded better than most could have dreamed possible. Not only did Misbah restore the good reputation of Pakistan cricket on the pitch, he has done so off it, too.

He has led Pakistan to five Test series victories out of seven - the other two series were drawn - including the recent 3-0 whitewash of England, the No. 1-ranked Test team. On Thursday he led Pakistan to victory over the No.1-rated T20 team in world cricket and afterwards vented his frustration at the media - and the Pakistan media in particular - who seem to want Shahid Afridi restored as captain.

"Even after when we won the Test matches, I continuously told the media we should be patient and consider the realities," Misbah said. "We go on to discuss things that don't need to be discussed - when we perform badly we should talk about that, we should talk about weak areas in the team. People in the media make comments based on furthering their own agendas, not ground realities. This needs to stop; the media should think positively.

"I won't comment on any specific individuals, but you can hear it yourself when you listen to the reports in the media. I also say even after winning we shouldn't go overboard - we should base such discussions on facts. Appreciate the attributes in the team which are to be admired - even after winning, pinpoint specific mistakes - if a player isn't making centuries, or a bowler is not taking wickets, then discuss those points.

"What we shouldn't do is start speaking ill of individuals. As a team we lost the ODI series: don't blame one player or just the captain. The dramatic changes highlighted are unnecessary. It is these players that have won you six series. If we made mistakes and lost a series against a top team, then we should be backed. If the proposed changes highlighted by the media were implemented, we would have six captains and six different teams up to the World Cup in 2015.

"We cannot improve if we continuously ask for captains and teams to be replaced after losing one series. You have to back your players at a certain level."

Misbah's real problem - and it is a problem without a solution - is that he is not Afridi. The populist adoration for Afridi - for his charisma, his talent and his aura - is boundless. Misbah, with his more prosaic qualities of reliability, calm and consistency, is overshadowed by comparison. While logic might back Misbah, emotions are with Afridi.

"We cannot improve if we continuously ask for captains and teams to be replaced after losing one series"
Misbah-ul-Haq

When Afridi drops a batting glove a nation stoops to pick it up. When Afridi fails with the bat - and, unpalatable though it will be to Pakistan supporters, he fails with the bat rather too often - a nation mourns his ill fortune. When Misbah scores 50, a nation frowns upon the slow pace at which he scored it. Misbah could invent a cure for cancer and someone will claim that Afridi would have done it with more panache.

Afridi is a cricketer - a man, even - of immense charm. He is a magnificent limited-overs bowler, a courageous fielder and a batsman who has, upon occasions, dazzled. But he was fired as limited-overs skipper in May 2011 after returning early from the tour of the Caribbean and following the disintegration of his relationship with Waqar Younis, the coach at the time.

His record as captain is also modest: Afridi has captained Pakistan in one Test, 34 ODIs and 19 T20Is. The Test was lost, as were 11 of the T20Is, though he led his side to 18 wins in ODI cricket.

Compare that with Misbah's record as captain. He has led in 15 Tests (nine wins, five draws and just that one loss against the West Indies), 19 ODIs (14 wins and five losses) and six T20Is (all of which have been won). In the light of such figures, it is somewhat bewildering that Misbah is obliged to continually defend his position.

Misbah was frank about Pakistan's greatest weakness: the fielding of his side remains poor. He warned there will be no short-term solutions, but suggested with the bowling attack he has at his disposal, Pakistan will always be capable of success. Afridi, Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal are the top three wicket-takers in the history of T20Is and Misbah felt it was Gul's bowling that made the difference on Thursday.

"It's a natural phenomenon," he said. "We don't focus on fitness and fielding at grass roots level. Our fielding is much improved from before, but we have to put in a lot of effort to improve. It's not a problem that can be solved overnight.

"When you have Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi, three of the top bowlers in T20 cricket, top wicket takers, you always have a chance. They bowled well and kept the pressure on. When a bowler is at his best it's difficult to play him. Gul bowled well. There was no answer to his bowling.

"The win was important considering the situation in which we were in. The senior players had to perform and Umar Gul's return to form was necessary. Shoaib Malik showing form was also important. It was a much-needed win to bring our confidence back."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • JG2704 on February 26, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    @drdani on (February 26 2012, 10:44 AM GMT) You write some good balanced posts my friend

  • dmqi on February 26, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Well, captain issue again in the middle of a series, usual pakistani trait. Imran, Mudasser, Iqbal Qasim and otheers are not saying captain is the probem. Second T20 is won by a young batsman, not by the captain. What is Afridi's performance in the ODI series and the T20? Afridi's captaincy is not the solution, you need good batsman and bowler. England is a better team and they are wining.

  • drdani on February 26, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    i think eveyone agrees that misbah is a good test captain..we are arguing that he should not captain the side in odi n t20..a great percentage of us pakistai would like to see misbah's back in these formats..may be it is the right thing..BUT..BUT..BUT we have to be consistent guys, atleast till the t20 world cup..misbah has done a great job not only keeping pak team together but also giving us a taste of victories, as is evident from our record of past 12-18 months..so kindly let pak team build..everything takes time n 'rome was not built in a day' ;)

  • Er.Pervez on February 25, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Pakistan field positioning always demands much.Either 3rd man or deep cover is not placed,with the result maximum runs are given towards these directions.This is pathetic & one can only hope that skipper or coach pays attention towards these lapses.Why Hafeez is asked to open innings.He shall never prove successful.Instead Afridi can open as he is a pitch hitter & in case he gets along,can change the nature of game.At his existing position, he has proved a failure.Pakistani batsmen have of late developed a bitter tendency to spontaneously offer bats unnecessarily for a kiss of a nick to out going balls towards slip direction..They don't play with full blade & towards the open field.They even find difficulty to pick up gapes and to play along the ground but mostly sky the ball.Worthy coaches need to teach them to rectify these defects.

  • Chicagocric on February 25, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Here are some comments from cricket lovers from Chicago. Although we admire the mercurial personality of Mr. Afridi, the captaincy of a team requires serious management talents, which unfortunately Shahid Afridi seriously lacks. Misbah ul Haq is a talented leader, has proven skills to captain Pakistan team and in fact after the recent test series, he clearly demonstrated that he was able to lead a weaker team against a much stronger England team. Our request to Pakistan media and those who are trying to promote their relatives or others is to be unbiased and objective and you will conclude that Misbah is the clear answer to be the Captain of the Pakistan team.

  • on February 25, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    hi plz bring imran nazir with owais zia in opening for t 20 and odi and misbah is a good cricketer and captain let him play and plz bring a good wicket keeper batsman and changing is the nature of pakistani people but plz someone and give some time time becoz when misbah won test series everyone says yeh he is the best captain but now plz let him play give him time

  • on February 25, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Misbah is not a good captain so my opinion is that to change our captain pakistan has plenty of good captain like m Hafeez and shahid afridi so change our captain to change the future of pakistani cricket

  • on February 25, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    1-There should be no comparison b/w any player in the team, they must be supported by us equally. 2- Losing 1 or 2 games can never decide that the faces should change, the example of indian cricket team is in front of us, they are now world champs with there consistant team. 3-Think + and just support the team, because usually we just watch all this on TV or live in statdium but only the soldier knows whats hapening on the front... Thanx

  • rashidhussain on February 25, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    He is remarkably calm and has done a wonderful job so far. Most people however do not understand why he continues to insist on Shoaib Maliks inclusion in the team.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on February 25, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Guys, Misbah is a good captain along with him being a good player. He has a steady run rate of which we were complaining about the run rate lacking in the squad. Never would I like to see Hafeez be the captain. Never. He isn't a match winner so should stick to playing his role as an allrounder. Afridi is not a bad captain. Afridi realises talent in the squad and would not have "5" spinners in the team (I'm not criticising Misbah as I like Misbah's captaincy but I'm saying the truth). Remeber how Afridi promoted Hammad up the order in the WI series? He wants to give good opportunites to youngsters as possible. Afridi would also include youngsters like Sadaf Hussain also. His rotation is quite good of what I saw. An example was Usman Salahuddin being given a chance but didn't do well, so he sent him back to improve his game. So either way, Misbah should remain as captain until retirement. The captaincy should be given back to Afridi. And I heard that Misbah won't captain in the Asia cup.

  • JG2704 on February 26, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    @drdani on (February 26 2012, 10:44 AM GMT) You write some good balanced posts my friend

  • dmqi on February 26, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Well, captain issue again in the middle of a series, usual pakistani trait. Imran, Mudasser, Iqbal Qasim and otheers are not saying captain is the probem. Second T20 is won by a young batsman, not by the captain. What is Afridi's performance in the ODI series and the T20? Afridi's captaincy is not the solution, you need good batsman and bowler. England is a better team and they are wining.

  • drdani on February 26, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    i think eveyone agrees that misbah is a good test captain..we are arguing that he should not captain the side in odi n t20..a great percentage of us pakistai would like to see misbah's back in these formats..may be it is the right thing..BUT..BUT..BUT we have to be consistent guys, atleast till the t20 world cup..misbah has done a great job not only keeping pak team together but also giving us a taste of victories, as is evident from our record of past 12-18 months..so kindly let pak team build..everything takes time n 'rome was not built in a day' ;)

  • Er.Pervez on February 25, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Pakistan field positioning always demands much.Either 3rd man or deep cover is not placed,with the result maximum runs are given towards these directions.This is pathetic & one can only hope that skipper or coach pays attention towards these lapses.Why Hafeez is asked to open innings.He shall never prove successful.Instead Afridi can open as he is a pitch hitter & in case he gets along,can change the nature of game.At his existing position, he has proved a failure.Pakistani batsmen have of late developed a bitter tendency to spontaneously offer bats unnecessarily for a kiss of a nick to out going balls towards slip direction..They don't play with full blade & towards the open field.They even find difficulty to pick up gapes and to play along the ground but mostly sky the ball.Worthy coaches need to teach them to rectify these defects.

  • Chicagocric on February 25, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Here are some comments from cricket lovers from Chicago. Although we admire the mercurial personality of Mr. Afridi, the captaincy of a team requires serious management talents, which unfortunately Shahid Afridi seriously lacks. Misbah ul Haq is a talented leader, has proven skills to captain Pakistan team and in fact after the recent test series, he clearly demonstrated that he was able to lead a weaker team against a much stronger England team. Our request to Pakistan media and those who are trying to promote their relatives or others is to be unbiased and objective and you will conclude that Misbah is the clear answer to be the Captain of the Pakistan team.

  • on February 25, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    hi plz bring imran nazir with owais zia in opening for t 20 and odi and misbah is a good cricketer and captain let him play and plz bring a good wicket keeper batsman and changing is the nature of pakistani people but plz someone and give some time time becoz when misbah won test series everyone says yeh he is the best captain but now plz let him play give him time

  • on February 25, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Misbah is not a good captain so my opinion is that to change our captain pakistan has plenty of good captain like m Hafeez and shahid afridi so change our captain to change the future of pakistani cricket

  • on February 25, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    1-There should be no comparison b/w any player in the team, they must be supported by us equally. 2- Losing 1 or 2 games can never decide that the faces should change, the example of indian cricket team is in front of us, they are now world champs with there consistant team. 3-Think + and just support the team, because usually we just watch all this on TV or live in statdium but only the soldier knows whats hapening on the front... Thanx

  • rashidhussain on February 25, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    He is remarkably calm and has done a wonderful job so far. Most people however do not understand why he continues to insist on Shoaib Maliks inclusion in the team.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on February 25, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Guys, Misbah is a good captain along with him being a good player. He has a steady run rate of which we were complaining about the run rate lacking in the squad. Never would I like to see Hafeez be the captain. Never. He isn't a match winner so should stick to playing his role as an allrounder. Afridi is not a bad captain. Afridi realises talent in the squad and would not have "5" spinners in the team (I'm not criticising Misbah as I like Misbah's captaincy but I'm saying the truth). Remeber how Afridi promoted Hammad up the order in the WI series? He wants to give good opportunites to youngsters as possible. Afridi would also include youngsters like Sadaf Hussain also. His rotation is quite good of what I saw. An example was Usman Salahuddin being given a chance but didn't do well, so he sent him back to improve his game. So either way, Misbah should remain as captain until retirement. The captaincy should be given back to Afridi. And I heard that Misbah won't captain in the Asia cup.

  • on February 25, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Yes, we all love Afridi, but he has been tried time and again as a captain; and has been average. As soon as he becomes captain, he looses whatever little bating acumen he has; and balls worse. It is good for Pakistan and Afridi both; that he plays as a plain player and not a captain. Misbah has been delivering consistently and that, in my opinion, is the only qualification we should ask of a captain.

  • Marahaba_Yaa_Habibi on February 25, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Misbah's captaincy and his game are well suited for test cricket, no doubt about that. But for ODI & T20 a fighting combination along with a fighting captain is the much needed call. In the scenario even the inclusion of Misbah and Younis Khan in limited-overs format is questionable. Captaincy is far away from that. The sooner realization of the fact Misbah (and from PCB) is beneficial for both Pakistan and Misbah.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 25, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Having proved himself somewhat of a joke of a captain, Misbah's got one awful long road to travel to being accepted as one.

  • on February 25, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    It will be disaster for TEAM PAKISTAN and Shahid Afridi if he is made captain of ODI and T20 team as his game suffers, particularly his batting. For the time being let Misbah be captain in all formats of the game as he has leadership quality as evident by the results achieved during last 18 months. However, We do need to move forward and induct younger players in the team as currently there are far too many weaknesses . At the moment only players I would consider good enough for ODI and T20 would be Hafeez, Azhar (ODI only as there are two new balls), Yunus Khan (ODI only), Umar, Misbah, Afridi, Malik (T20 only), Ajmal, Gul and Wahab Riaz. To this I would add Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammed Yusuf and Sarfraz Ahmed and possibly Kamran Akmal, if it can be demonstrated his wicket keeping has improved. Players like Shafiq, Hammad, Junaid and Zia are still work in progress. I am sure there are other young talented players in domestic cricket which I do not follow who can be added to this list.

  • djdude123 on February 25, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    afridi is the smaller brother and misbah is the bigger brother because afridi gets everything

  • on February 25, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    the only problem with misbah is his age,he can't capt pakistan till 2015 and coz of that Afridi is an automatic choice

  • on February 25, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Afridi is best because he played like a rocket , every one cheer his single run , Bt when Misbah comes we are so bored tookh tookh tokkh , whats this , Is this cricket ?He is best for test matches. Afridi want Pakistan to win world cup but few mistakes by filders drop catches let him down . what should he do ? But he is a true man .Misbah snatches t 20 world cup from Pakistan when he played a short behind the wicket and was catch out it was a very bad very bad thing to do , i hate him since than . Players like Imran Nazir , Azhar Mehmood , Sami , and many more are waiting but because of Misbah no one comes in this team. But i love u Pakistan team go and win both T 20 matches .InsAllah we will win both matches , Iam saying and have confident that Pakistan will win .......Any one chalange me ???????

  • crazier on February 25, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    i 100% agree with mishal nadeem that their is no need to change captain their is a need to change players.And i think kamram akmal should be back in the side or new keeper but i dont want to see zulqarain haider,adnan akmal and salman.These three dont have the ability to score

  • 12kris on February 25, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Misbah has been dignified both in success and failure. I hope that politics will not prevail.

  • Jay_ab on February 25, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    If individuals will not perform,ur openers n ur fast bowlers especially....No captain can make you WIN.....so its not about captaincy...its about players mental toughness..Misbah is suitable for NOW...

  • imranmujtaba on February 25, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    All asian players has same problem - players dont leave until they are not selected. Misbah is poor captain - he is ok in Test .... He should NOT be in ODI or T20 Squad .... Any captain can win the test when saeed Ajmal, A Rheman and Gul bowl excellent spell - Irsih, Zabawawe can win test with these bowlers when they are performed .......... Afridi, Saeed, Rheman, Hafeez, Akmal and Gul are match winning players and there day they can win single handedly, but if PCB ignore now and not make any changes then Pak will not be ready for next WC ... ODI and T20 Pak can not bowl all the overs OR bat all the overs - therefore PCB need to get more match winning player in the team .......

  • imrankhan76uk on February 25, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Misbah Captain or not for T20...but Afridi should not be Captain...he has been there and left it (whatever the reasons)...should look for new captain but till then stick with Misbah despite some of his annoying decisions. wish very best for pakistan cricket

  • on February 25, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    i think misbah is the best choice ever in recent years .... should continue with good opening betsmen... go misbah

  • imranmujtaba on February 25, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Misbah have to accept he is not good captain or batmen - as a batsman Mudsir Nazar or Shoaib MOHAMMED can STILL play better and he doesn't know how to signle doubles, play selfish game...... As a captain, He doesn't know how to 1- use fast bowler 2- field place 3- how roate bowlers 4- no clue about Batting order. There are many examples in last 18 months to prove this!! ok he is going through learning but doest he has time to learn?????? can he last until next WC???? Why PCB don't give oppurtunity to youngster to learn and be a good captain for next WC ...... I am not saying it should be Shahid but it could be anyone else .... but we dont have to forget that Shahid was good during WC and he really gel together in the WC ..... Pak won test won just because of excellent bowling Saeed Ajmal, A Rheman and Gul - all the batting, field placing mistakes were ignored ....... THIS IS THE TIME FOR A CHANGE OTHERWISE PAKISTAN WILL SUFFER UNTIL PAKISTAN PLAY NEXT SERIES AGAINST GOOD TEAM .

  • on February 25, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Misbah is far more a better captain as compared to afridi, afridi is a hero a match winner , but thinking of him a potential captain is totally wrong!, afridi will always try to perform and always try to win the match whether he is captain or not, so i think Misbah is the best choice for a captain, GO CHECK THE CAPTAINS STATS OF ALL TIME YOU WILL BE REALIZED OF MISBAH'S TALENT AS A CAPTAIN http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;filter=advanced;groupby=captains;orderby=win_loss_ratio;qualmin1=10;qualval1=matches;team=7;template=results;type=team and http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=11;filter=advanced;groupby=captains;orderby=win_loss_ratio;qualmin1=10;qualval1=matches;team=7;template=results;type=team

  • ms2000 on February 25, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    if you keep Misbah till the next world cup as your captain, have hopes of the 2nd world cup win!! he is a great cricker !Sri Lankan

  • Abdul-Jabbar on February 25, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Misbah is an ideal captain for any cricket team. He has raised the status of Pakistan cricket from defamation to respect. As a Pakistani I am thankful to him. Media personnel should not try to create controversy among team members.

  • on February 25, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    There is no doubt that Misbah is better captain but Afridi is the STAR of the Pakistan Cricket Team. It was totally evident through out during the 1 st T20 where you could just see posters and banners of Afridi through out the ground.

  • muddassir2000 on February 25, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Though i am in favour of Misbah's captaincy but one point is very much arising: Winning is not just the criteria of comparison but we must consider to whom we are winning and under what conditions. Accordingly the only criteria to judge is the earning points or upgradation in Rankings of the team which consider very much justifiable basis to analyse a team's or captain's performance.

  • K.A.K on February 25, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    Media is always out to create controversies and make money on it. It is becoming very common, especially in the last a few days. ICC should make a note and take remedial actions.

  • on February 25, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    if misbah performs wells in test he does not become an ODI solution. Unfortunately there is little money and fame in playing test cricket so he will remain stuck to ODIs till he is kicked out. loosing so badly to England in ODIs most of the credit goes to Misbah.

  • on February 25, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Crazy to dismiss Misbah as captain. I myself am a huge fan of Afridi the cricketer and I absolutely loved every minute of cricket when he was on field as captain. But I wouldn't change that now. Misbah has been just the tonic Dr prescribed. Asia Cup is coming and we must be talking of which 'players' to take and which ones not to, rather than which 'captain' we should take and which not.

    What I would like to see though, is Afridi batting higher up the order atleast in remaining T20s. His best innings came from one-down - SF and Final of WC T20 2009. Possibly, instilling him as an opener in ODIs too. We witnessed what come out of him when he is given responsibility. He is much more matured now. I think it will not be a bad decision (since we have Farhat as the other opener, Afridi as an opener is not bad at all.. Just follow him up by Azhar Ali - perfect anecdote of Afridi)

  • K.A.K on February 25, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Once again, not a news that should become one of the top headlines.

  • on February 25, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Mishab is best captain for test only and Shahid love to lick the spit always and he is the problem maker in the team i think shahid should retire from Pakistan team

  • Sports4Youth on February 25, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    At least one thing most people will agree that Misbah and Younis Khan do not have a very long career in the shorter format. Misbah certainly is not likely to play the next World Cup. So is Younis Khan. Then the next logical thing that follows is that Shoudn't Pak start preparing for the World Cup and the future. Or do you think that last minute you will put some new faces in and they will Work ? . Misbah may not like it, but this is a harsh reality that he will have to face sooner or later. Sooner the better for Pak.

  • stariq on February 25, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    How Afridi fits into the role of a leader? Look at his batting, always irresponsible!! How would he discipline others when he himself falls short of expectations!!

  • on February 25, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Misbah will not last till 2015, he is already 37 so we need different captain for Odi and t20 teams, let misbah lead test team.

  • satish619chandar on February 25, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Awesome Mr.Misbah for putting things in perfect manner.. Cricket is becom oi ng a joke in media where tgey praise or bash a player on daily basis.. Salute for pointing it...

  • on February 25, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Please stop criticising Misbah. He is the answer to our cricket prayers. Afridi needs to wait his turn as captain if ever that is going to happen. Like any pakistani supporter, Afridi is also my favourite player. Unfortunately, he does have his shortcomings a nd still shows immaturity despite hovering around the age of 30. He is not a reliable source as a captain. He is a Maverick and should remain that way. Misbah is the General who can hold his own as well as the team. He is the best thing which could happen to Pakistan cricket. Pakistani cricketers are usually very immature and are easily swayed away from cricket and enter into dirty and stupid internal politics. You need the likes of Imran Khan and Misbahs to control such freaks. Waqar/Qasim era was one of the best Pakistan had but they threw it away on several ocassions. Media for once should stop creating problems and back the team.

  • on February 25, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    i=I cannot agree anymore then the writer HLANGL you took my word, I hope pakistani fans understand, Misbah Ul Haq is just the right sort of player to lead a team like Pakistan, a very modest guy compared to most others & one who can always analyze things by putting them to the correct perspective. These qualities are vital to lead a side like Pakistan who can be destrutive & self-destructive to the same extent. Loosing the last few games is not entirely due to his fault, he led the team by example in most other games & got the best out of this Pakistan side which no longer features super players like Wasim, Waqar, Aktar, Anwar, Youhana, etc.. He made them play as a unit which is vital especially given the skill level they currently have in their ranks. The last thing Pakistan needs is to dump Misbah who did his best to resurrect Pakistani Cricket after the utter fiasco created by Salman Butt & co. , I'm pretty sure Pakitan would be withered to pieces if they commit that sin.

  • Rahi393 on February 25, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Misbah is far good from Afridi and he has proved it in all format of international cricket.

  • mrhamilton on February 25, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Finally! Misbah has spoken out. and leave it to george dobell to be the writer to articulate so precisely some of the mad elements in Pakistans cricket media and punditry and fandom. Afridis worth is greatly greatly overrated. He is one of the last connections to the "irresponsible selfish superstar talent" era of pakistan cricket from 1996-2010. These players of which all to often names such as Wasim, Waqar and Afridi are deified these days also did their country much harm with their infighting, irresponsibility on tours, etc. Their personal stats and style will live on to illuminate them, but the national teams stats suffered under them, and that is also the Afridi way. Yes he is flamboyant, but Misbah can be as well, and Misbah is a well spoken man who gets results. Misbah is the best thing to happen to pakistan cricket since imran yet even when he was averaging 80 for a whole year like last year, we hear pundits like rameez raja ask when he will retire. shame

  • on February 25, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    Our 6 Players Have Went Over The Age Of 30 Including Misbah(Who Is 37 Now) Like England You Should Have Youngsters Playing Like Awais Zia And It Is Not Really Needed To Change The Captaincy Of ODIs And T20

  • on February 25, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    What else u can expect from Misbah He brought this Pakistan side from the phase of Disaster to respectablity and If his captaincy Questioned than There r something wrong in the mind of public.Under him Pakistan blanked That England side 3-0 who had hammered Australia and India last year

  • on February 25, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    PLZ BACK SHAHID AFRIDI AS CAPTAINCY OF PAK TEAM AND BACK IN FORM PLAYERS LIKE IMRAN NAZIR AHMD SEZAD SHAHZAIB UL HASAN AND MORE PLAYERS IN form bcoz THESE players are future in pak team

  • on February 25, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    My opinion is we must make three different teams, for test ofcourse no doubt misbah is first choice, but for odi and T20 must be someone else.. like M.Hafeez. in ODI must search one real Wicketkeeper batsman..but in T20 we have plenty option like Imran Nazir, Ahmed Shehzad, Shahzaib, Owaise Zia, Nasir Jamshed... lets be practicle and honest.. we have good examples from Australia.. they even appoint a captain who palyed his first International T20.. Please learn from them.. Not only name but we need real performance in all departments..Thanks

  • on February 25, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    My opinion is we must make three different teams, for test ofcourse no doubt misbah is first choice, but for odi and T20 must be someone else.. like M.Hafeez. in ODI must search one real Wicketkeeper batsman..but in T20 we have plenty option like Imran Nazir, Ahmed Shehzad, Shahzaib, Owaise Zia, Nasir Jamshed... lets be practicle and honest.. we have good examples from Australia.. they even appoint a captain who palyed his first International T20.. Please learn from them.. Not only name but we need real performance in all departments..Thanks

  • on February 25, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Misbah,you were not one of my favourite player when you became a captain but like you now due to your calmness and intelligence.Rock on Misbah!!!!!!!!!!

  • on February 25, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    I totally agree with Misbah. He has been doing really well and Pakistan is now where it is under his able captaincy and the hardwork of the team. Losing a series doesn't simply make you lose your post as a captain. Media just wants spicy news and hard critisizm to attract the attention of its viewers and ofcourse for their own propaganda. Very disappointed with the Pakistani media. Instead of backing them up and supporting them they try to demoralise them. Shame. There should be NO other captain, Misbah is doing very well. Start to appreciate your players, Pakistan, before its too late. A patriotic Pakistani

  • StoneRose on February 25, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Good on Misbah. Good article. Short-termism is rife amongst the media, Misbah has been successful because he held a longer term view and stuck by those he felt would come good. Pakistan's success has proved him right.

  • on February 25, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Misbah is the best captain we dont need agressivity in cricket we need a brain in cricket mental stenght is the most important think for a leader in any sports not just agressivity so misbah is the best no need to change till 2015 WC

  • on February 25, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    It is not fair to censure Mishba for losing just one ODI series that too because of the misfortune of losing the toss at Abu Dhabi.Had Misbha won the toss in Abu Dhabi and batted first as England did,the story would have been different.Mishba is the kind of captain that Imran Khan advocated.A calm,matured,astute leader who plans his moves cleverly and effectively to wrest the advantage when encountered with dicey situations.The media should refrain from raising unwarranted questions at a time Pakistan cricket is progressing and staging a renaissance of their own.The cooperation of the media is needed for Pakistan cricket to achieve their ultimate goal.The only agenda the media should have is to promote unity and cordiality among the players rather than criticizing the individuals and creating dissension.

  • on February 25, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Excellent reply from smart captain,he is man who is been handling team in his fashion and team performed exceptionaly well after been so many controversies ,thoes who are criticsizing his spot in T20 format i think they forget what he has done in 2007 world cup when from no where pak reached in the final just because of this Man,in the age of 37 just tell me single player from the world who is been leading the site so professionaly ,fielding in deep midwicket and extra cover is not that easy in the age of 37 where u dont have any other option.So be patient and just see how many victories are still waitng to catch for this Man.I still belive this man can play any format till 2015 and after englnad this series he will prove his spot.Go Misbha u rock and we love you...

  • Baryar on February 25, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    there is no need to change captain as stats are showing that misbah is quite successful captain..

  • on February 25, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    I feel misbha is even better captain then imran khan who won us world cup. Javed was behind winning cup. Misbha's betting is suitable in all 3 formates of the games. He knows his roll as a batsman very well. He is open minded captain. I appreciate his giving malik a chance. What he should do 1) To add Ahmad Shehzad in T-20 and 50 overs match, 2) and find tall and strong fast bowlers. Uman Gul can win u 1 match out of 10. He is good only in T-20. Wahab Riyaz needs staimina and accurecy. He can become good bowler. Shahid Afridi has to be serious with his batting. People like him as batsman. He has to wait for captaincy and establish himself as a better batsman. He scores, pakistan win most of the time.

  • JG2704 on February 25, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    @Posted by on (February 24 2012, 23:22 PM GMT) Yeah , you're right. Suddenly after 14 wins their weaknesses are exposed. Nothing to do with how England played against them?

  • JG2704 on February 25, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge - I'm embarrassed to say that statements like "Misbah is the worst captain ever to have graced the game. That much is clear" - You're starting to sound like the English version of Jonesy/Randy Oz.

  • JG2704 on February 25, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Have to agree with GreenTeam-Elite on (February 24 2012, 17:46 PM GMT) CrazyforcricketIII on (February 25 2012, 00:44 AM GMT)I think people forget what state things were in when Misbah took over. Thought he captained the side very well in the recent T20 game saving overs from Gul and Ajmal for the latter stages. Re the ODIs , their batsmen probably let them down and besides Pakistan has always been a side in OD/T20 who are capable of anything from the sublime to the ridiculous. Under his leadership they have just beaten a team who hadn't lost a test series (only drawing one) in nearly 3 years by 3-0. Sure England's batting were woeful but they still did the job. PS Is it not more just the team underperforming in an OD series than Misbahs captaincy?

  • on February 25, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    I Sure Agree With You.Baundele

  • on February 25, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Misbah is not a good limited overs captain-he lets the game meander along without trying attacking strategies to get wickets, even if that is the only conceivable way to win. Afridi should be captain for both limited overs formats, and he should open. At the same time Pak should be grooming his successor from the most talented youngsters.

  • on February 25, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    My sympathy rests with Misbah.For all those who doubt him,he`s the only reason we have had such a great 2011(In all formats).And he`s ranked as the best batsman of the year by Cricinfo.Would anyone even think of leaving him out of the team?Ofcourse he might not be the prettiest sight on the field,but he deserves an applause and a better reputation.Good job Misbah.And a very well written article sir!

  • on February 25, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    Make three different teams for all the three formats, recall players who are in good form, retain Misbah as captain for test .Hafeez is a good choice for ODI captaincy and appoint Afridi Captain for T20s. Recall Imran Nazir, Shazaib Hassan, Ahmed Shehzaad, get rid of Akmal brothers......

  • G-Wyll on February 25, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    Misbah is incredible. The success of the Pakistan side since kicking us around in NZ last season has been stunning. He's given Pakistan more than just wins, but respect from a non-trusting world. Talk of dropping him is exactly why Pakistan have failed in the past. Misbah = success, be thankful and go with it.

  • on February 25, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Well Misbah does not deserved his place in T20 format, but his best ability are to maintain discipline and make team as one unit.

  • Baundele on February 25, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    Anyone, who wants Afridi over Misbah as the captain, does not understand cricket.

  • HLANGL on February 25, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    IMHO, Misbah Ul Haq is just the right sort of player to lead a team like Pakistan, a very modest guy compared to most others & one who can always analyze things by putting them to the correct perspective. These qualities are vital to lead a side like Pakistan who can be destrutive & self-destructive to the same extent. Loosing the last few games is not entirely due to his fault, he led the team by example in most other games & got the best out of this Pakistan side which no longer features super players like Wasim, Waqar, Aktar, Anwar, Youhana, etc.. He made them play as a unit which is vital especially given the skill level they currently have in their ranks. The last thing Pakistan needs is to dump Misbah who did his best to resurrect Pakistani Cricket after the utter fiasco created by Salman Butt & co. , I'm pretty sure Pakitan would be withered to pieces if they commit that sin.

  • on February 25, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    First of all congratz to Pak team on winning fist t20i . and one thing I want to highlight is that Pakistan is one of those countries who produce gems of fast bowlers who can demolish any batting line up with their pace and variety. Okay I admit that our spinners have done really well but ... our strength is fast bowling many of the world class batsmen had fear of facing Wasim, Waqar and Shoaib etc. I want Pakistan cricket management to focus on this issue at the earliest do back our fast bowlers . they are our real strength.

  • rajasaqib on February 25, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Misbah is such a bad captain and batsmen,we win the test series not that we play very well,it the england play vry bad,misbah should not be in the team,we need young blood and new faces in pakistani team

  • on February 25, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    i think..Misbah should be test captain...Haffeez should be one day captain...afridi should be t20 captain

  • on February 25, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    misbah is best captain 4 test odi n t20.dont cheng captin

  • on February 25, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    we need experience...and no1 but misbah can provide it. People who say he is not suitable for t20 think wrong, a prime example being the last t20 match

  • on February 25, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    A good article by Doebell overall, but u arent right just to mention misbah taking over captaincy without 3 main players at tht time..in odi's n t20's afridi was the one who took over...he made things stable for pakistan! he made a young team fight! he was a superb captain! but given his charisma he was more often criticized (due to jealousy or whtever by critics). if u go thru his records u would see how close pakistan lost matches! n the fight was visible in the team's body language! n in t20i's afridi didnt have services of umer gul..since he was injured! which makes things rather too difficult!

    so kindly look up in these matters and would appreciate if afridi is given his due credit!

  • on February 25, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    well that's really ridiculous that when Pakistan wins having Misbah the captain people say that its the team that has done well but when Pakistan lose they say that you gotta change the captain..........................

  • Match-winner on February 25, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    @mazdonal - I agree that Misbah is very lucky to have the kind of team he has, the bowlers especially; but to call all his record, and let me quote... "He has led in 15 Tests (nine wins, five draws and just that one loss against the West Indies), 19 ODIs (14 wins and five losses) and six T20Is (all of which have been won)"...lucky, you ought to be kidding me! Give credit where it's due. I don't see where did you pick up this line "...lost lot of matches through his unimaginative leadership." because his records definitely doesn't show that. And the above article shows Afridi's record too (& I absolutely love that guy too for what he can do & does with bat & ball). He might not be Alistair Cook, and definitely not Imran Khan, but he's helping the team into a unit with a self-belief, so I think let him be. I hope people like Hafeez step up & become great captains of future, but for the time being, I think we ought to thank God for what we have and what our team has started to look like!

  • on February 25, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    i don't think there is something wrong with misbah captaincy.. maybe selector's are involved in it. in ODI what team pakistan had got? nothing.. in test what batting they got nothing except last match.. and that was only younus and azhar. i still don't understand if younus is not ODI player then why on earth misbah is t20 player? younus should ve had respect in odi's which they don't given him. and i think pakistan got a big problem with batting and pace attack.. and what i hate is ABDUL RAZZAQ.. shame on this person. he left pakistani team with excuse of shoulder and playing in BPL shame on u RAZZAQ. no matter how bad things go Pakistan gave u the name by grace of ALLAh

  • KiwiRocker- on February 25, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Misbah Ul Haq does not follow the usual Pakistani cricket brand that is based on natural flair...fast run scoring...super fast bowlers...and winning ( as well as losing) from impossible positions. Misbah Ul Haq is a man of few words...but a man of more wisdom than any of those flamboyant characters of Pakistani team...Misbah would have been hailed as a great player if he was in a team like south Africa that plays a progmatic and well thought cricket however unfortunately Pakistani public does not get the real Misbah Ul Haq. First Pakistani selectors never gave an extended run to this fine batsman who quitely scored thousands of runs in the domestic cricket then everyone blames him for T20 World cup and a semi final loss to India in WC...My question is: where were those flamboyant and charming stroke makers in those matches? It was only Misbah Ul haq that even brought Pakistan close to victory..Misbah Ul Haq is a J.Kallis of modern era!J.Kallis far superior than Tendulya but underrated!

  • Match-winner on February 25, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    These COMMENTS HIGHLIGHT, ONCE AGAIN, THAT HOW EMOTIONAL WE ARE AS CRICKET FANS! WE SERIOUSLY DON'T THINK, AT LEAST NOT MOST OF US, FROM THE MIND WHEN IT COMES TO CRICKET! Come on guys, we all love Afridi, and how much of an asset as he is for us as one of the best all rounders in the game! AND we all love Misbad for what he has achieved. But seriously, based on just one series loss, albeit a bad one, we start criticising the team captaincy & composition. For those who have said that Misbah beat those teams which are weak only, are wrong! He beat the same Srilankan team that's beating Australia & India now! The only difference is that Srilanka changed their captain into someone who is more mature as a captain! What these media comments & comments here do is that they undo the great work put in! Misbah has matured as a player & a captain, & HIS TEAM RESPECTS HIM FOR HIS ABILITIES. PAKISTAN TEAM ACCEPTS MISBAH AS THEIR CAPTAIN FOR GOOD & WORSE, AND I THINK SO SHOULD YOU GUYS!

  • on February 25, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Misbah is a nice man but he and Zaka Ashraf should think about world cup 2015. Misbah cant participate in that as at that time he will be above 40. It was Afridi who had lifted the ruined Pakistan limited over cricket from scratches and reached semi final of the world cup. Misbah is best but unfotunately he was given chance to play for naitonal side very late. Now his time has gone. We dont have any better choice than Aftidi. So Misbah himself should come forward after the series and Ask Zaka that appiont Afridi as captain of limited overs for the preparation of the ODI and T20 world Cups. Best played Misbah but its time to have a farewell party.

  • on February 25, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    I think afridi is a very good ODI player but not a captian material at all. whereas Misbah is a captian material. Afridi need to focus on his cricket rather than targeting the captiancy. and for those who think Afridi should be the captian please tell me how can he bring consistency in the team when he himself is not very consistent player. Pakistan current problem is not bowling, it is batting and we need batsmen with solid technique. I think we need the likes of Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Younis, Misbah to avoid batting collapses. but having said that we need the likes of afridi and umar akmal, hafez, imran nazir for aggressive batting too. the selectors will have to think of stricking the right balance. perhaps bring back imran nazir back to open with hafiz and than followed by azhar ali, asad shafiq, misbah, younis, afridi, Umar Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gull, Cheema/Khan/Amir(if he comes back). by having this combination you can have 2 fast bowlers & 3 spinners and good batting lineup

  • on February 25, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    This problems of being made captains always comes up when we losse any match or series, immediately we think the captain is not good, even in Afridi's case nobody listened his side of th story against the coach, butlet the record speak about a captain, and here Misbah is Far a head of afridi, look at afridi whenevr he is nedded to stay at the crease he plays a very unusaul shot and here he goes he does never think of responsiblity,where as Misbah always stayed at the crease and shows his presence to get the match in his favour,some time he fails but not by his irrresponsble shots, and in the end hte argue about afridi he is not a batsman, buys look for character, i never saw him looking the condition os the match, the otherday he was advising the new boy Junaid and ,believe you me i was having a embrassing moment because i remember his biting of the ball in the good faith of the bowler,he can do anything but to be a mature player, even in his this long cricketing carrier

  • malikaltaf_m on February 25, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Misbha is doing a great job. We tried to groom a younger captain(Salman Butt) and everyone knows what he did. Afridi is good as a player for ODI and T20 but he is not fit to lead our national team. He is indisiplined and rude. Captain's duty is not only to lead the players on the field but he is an Aambassador of the country. Afridi doesn't have these qualities. let's forget about changing captains.Talking of any change at a time when our team has won 3-0 against world number one side seems to be ridiculous. Let's be patient. Has any one asked Andrew Strauss to be replaced after recent whitewash...??

  • mazdonal on February 25, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Misbah's captaincy is shown up in comparison to Alastair Cook. The latter gets high marks for leading from the front, bowling changes, field palcings and general strategy. The Pakistan team shares a hang-dog,tattered look with their captian. There is no proper coordination, cohesiveness or cricketing sense in his captaincy and should definitely be removed as one day captain. Whatever success he has achieved even in the tests has been entirely fortuitous and through luck. Pakistan have lost a lot of matches through his unimaginative leadership.

  • on February 25, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    We are proud of you Misbah-ul-haq. With weak team you proved that you can whitewash no 1 side in test matches. Afridi and umar akmal are non serious players. We are expecting a whitewash to pak. Your supporter live long....

  • on February 25, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    I am a big time a pro afridi and his supporter, yet it is ridiculous to even comment on Misbah's captaincy and his presence in any format of the game.

  • on February 25, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    Misbah is the right man for captaincy. He always helding his nerve on the pressure situation. He score only 26 runs in 26 balls. His innings was slow but it was the most needed runs what he score in the pressure situation that other batsman didnot score. He can be a dangerous batsman. he can hit the ball harder that any body else. He did well by picking Shoaib Malik. Shoaib Malik technically sound batsman. He reads the situation and always doing good in the pressure situatio. Now misbah have to choose kamran akmal as a wicket keeper, he is the wicket keeper batsman pakistan has ever had. we have to pick Nashir Jamsed, Abdul Razzaq, Rana Naved Ul Hasan, Imran Nazir, Shehzaib Hasan, Ahmed Shehzad for T/20 world cup to win the world cup these players are needed al least in the Squad. Please publish this article crickinfo.

  • on February 25, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    For one person to be GOOD, other person does not has to be BAD. Both Misbah and Afridi are brilliant players. I laugh, when people weigh Afridi is a batsman only and say he is very unpredictable and unreliable. For God sake, he is an amazing Bowler (e.g. the leading wicket taker in last WC). Afridi has the talent and Misbah has the logic. Misbah has proved himself as a great captain but he has been too defensive. There is no need to change the captain just Misbah need to be more aggressive, that all what we want.

  • ProfMahmood on February 25, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Let Misbah continue as Captain in this series. Thereafter, retain him as Captain for the Tests. Make Hafeez Captain for the ODIs and appoint Afridi Captain for T20s. Also, have slightly different and appropriate teams for each format. Best of luck and best wishes.

  • on February 25, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Misbah should remain captain and lead team untill a new young captain is captured and trained. Afridi should not come to captaincy at all he should concentrate his game... Captain should be one which has lead his teams earlier in ground levels and have abilities to lead.... So Go and back misbah... Dont break our team it is becoming good combination with youngesters like Hamad Azam and Awais Zia.... Hamad Should be given full confiddence and chance to appear and mark his position in international cricket...

  • adnan_rifat84 on February 25, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Front Foot Lunge for us Misbah is best ever captain but i know why he is worst ever for you because you can't forget 1st white wash by Pakistan 3-0 in test against England and now an other white wash 3-0 in T20I under MISBAH captaincy :P

  • on February 25, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    Most of matches we lost due to Misbha,s batting, He is not good player for ODI,s & T20. While Afridi is STILL Dangerous player & match winning Bowler of Pakistan.Afridi Should not only captain for pakistan he also should open for pakistan in T20 & ODI.

  • on February 25, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    I think there is no place for Misbah in ODI's and T20's. We need to groom a Young captin. Misbah is only Good for Tests.

  • on February 25, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Difference between Afridi and Misbah as players - Afridi is part of the game while Misbah controls the game. Afridi (and other batsman) more often than not fails with the bat; the ashes of which Misbah is willing to sweep away. As captains - their examples are like Peterson and Strauss /Cook. Peterson's expressive and aggressive emotions (like Afridi) didn't allow him a good relation either with Coach or board, while Strauss and Cook are enjoying good relations, trust and most important good results. Misbah has worked (till date) with two boards and two head coaches without any issues popping.

    I believe Pakistan has unbelievable talent but it will only blast against other teams when controlled wisely and with no non-sense approach.

  • on February 25, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Afridi Is A great player...and though also a great captain... misbah didnt said this when Afridi was removed as a captain.... No one said u sorry after the World cup Semi final...and no will be! He led ur team all the way to Semi final... how could he be worse? Come on guys... be realistic...He Commanded team when the team moral was 90 Degree down.. after the spot-fixing trio .. He Should be captain for limited overs match...Misbah Even dont deserve To be in the team in limited overs match... The cricket is changing now u have to make 100 on 50 balls... surely a 38 years old man can not

  • Sinhaya on February 25, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    Misbah is the best captain! Media is only interested in attracting attention for their gain. Media most of the time does not know the reality. They are hellbent on being selfish purely for their gain.

  • on February 25, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    Sorry Misbah have to disagree with you there ! You have done a wonderful job turning around the fortunes of the test team but unfortunately the demands of the game are such that for each format you need a specialist side and a general team for tests and other formats does not work. No one can doubt your input in raising the team spirit and fortunes but a good captain knows when to bow out gracefully instead of being shoved out. As for Afridi while he is at best an energetic player to have in the team - he has also shown that he is a first class idiot in his decision making and post match comments. We need to take risks on younger players for T20 captaincy and the likes of Hafeez or other experienced players should be looked at for one dayers

  • on February 25, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    I reallly dun think misbah n afridi r great captains,the reason fer the thr short term success is tht team is gelling up well under thm,otherwise they both have the tendency to get under pressure in crunch situations..younus was a betta captain thm both of thm but players including afridi conspired against him!!Afridi widout any doubt is the most crucial player in the squad rite now but i dun want to see him as a captain!!my vote for future captain goes to hafeez in ODI,Misbah shud continue leading the team in tests!!

  • on February 25, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    Misbah is a legend, I love the way he plays the game. He is a thorough professional. All the best Misbah, I am with you.

  • Happy_AusBang on February 25, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    sscricfan, can it mate! How easily you can decide who is a modern ODI and T20 player and who is not is bewildering. I just hope the board ignores such ill-informed and emotional comments and let people who have been entrusted with a job to do are allowed to do it without pressure.

  • on February 25, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    If I have to choose between Afridi and Misbah, I would choose Misbah without thinking twice about it in any format of cricket.

  • on February 25, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    Don't criticize Misbah, u can compare the T-20 or ODI figures of both, you will find the upper hand of Misbah. His average and scores are better than afrid.

  • on February 25, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    Umar Gul should be made captain in limited overs format after world T20 while Misbah should retire from these formats by then... thats a long term solution for the years to come...

  • on February 25, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    Misbah Win ODI and T20 against weaker side even SL was problem with captain now look at SL they are beating AUS so their is no match of Mishbah with afridi Afridi is great player great captain he single handly win matches he get 27 man of the match award 2nd highest from pakistan Misbah not win matches he always lost matches by slow batting and poor strategy even Younas is better captain and bastman as comapre to Misbh

  • on February 25, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    I admit that Misbah is a defensive captain but this very defensive approach is the key of Pakistan's success since last year....if a defensive captain can't win ODI's and T20's then how come Misbah have a 100% T20 win record?.....how could Younis Khan won a T20 WC when he was accused of being defensive as well?.....Misbah is been an angel from God to Pakistan's Cricket and we should respect him always.....Pakistan's problem is fielding and top order batting, NOT MISBAH captaincy!

  • on February 25, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    For the ones who keeps praising Misbah's cool head. What has he achieved with his cool head? Totally messed up run chases devoid of any momentum and leaving so much to do in the end for the likes of Afridi and Akmal? Why don't you people understand that ODI cricket has changed. Now this theory of being slow and exploding in the end doesn't work anymore. Now we don't have Moin, Razzaq, Azhar Mahmood and Wasim Akram to smash bowlers around. Most of the attacks in the world have worked out Afridi. A dull, laid back, utterly defensive and sleepy Misbah just doesn't inspire any players in the team. Its important in the team like Pakistan that its captain is a skilled one. One has to agree that Misbah in terms of skill is handicapped.

  • on February 25, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    @sscricfan: for the record, it was Younis Khan who won us the T20 world cup in 2009 (Afridi was Man of the Match though but not the skipper). Pakistan lost in the semi-final to the Aussies in 2010 under Afridi.

  • on February 25, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    Neither Afridi or Misbah has courage like Imran, who would drastically change the batting order to get results. Sometimes he will come himself one down and send Mudassar or Shoaib Mohammad at number 11 and will achieve results.

  • Ammy_rd on February 25, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    In Misbah's case it is not a question of things being black or white. He has shown faith in the same team and has been consistent in his selection. Youngsters like Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq have thrived under him and so have our bowlers. What irks one though is that he is very single minded and doesn't seem to respond or even prepare for problems as he ought to. His approach sometimes betrays a lack of confidence in youngsters and aversion to risks. It is that hesitation from going for the kill that stands out as the biggest negative in his captaincy. Also, he doesn't seem to be bothered about Pakistan's need to have a fast bowling all rounder. Just as openers are given chances despite repeated failures, a young fast bowling all rounder should also be included and given ample opportunities to bring balance to the side.

  • GreenCrazy on February 25, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    Why these people put a lot of pressure on MISBAH. He is a wonderful captain. I love him very much.. I think the people who blame MISBAH are mad people..

  • Benzim on February 25, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    let media to play cricket. its might be a better solution. wht more can say?

  • on February 25, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    Misbah is the best choice unstained, logical, calm. Those who term it slow it needs guts and technique to stay for long. Inzimam did wrong to him being of difference in faith matters now media doing wrong comparing him to afirdi. I am sure Whatmore will kick out characters like Afridi in no time. Problem is Afridi has behaved like he is bigger than the game itself.

  • on February 25, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    What a shame that media continuously criticizing Misbah Ul Haq Captaincy. He is a great captain with lot of calmness, sensibility and ambitions. He must be the Captain till he himself retires from Cricket.

    And, by the way the ODI series that PAK lost against ENG; I see Afridi was mainly responsible as he was no delivering neither with the bat nor with ball.

    So, at the end; no real comparison between AFRIDI and MISBAH. As, MISBAH believes on performance not popularity.

  • aam4299 on February 25, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    misbah have to retierd in t20 becouse its not his type of format and his age factor is well in that case we import a young crickter he is not a good fielder in us team

  • Akmal_Habib on February 25, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    Problem is not of Stats, problem is Misbah's approach in mind cracking games, He is always defensive even when u r expecting six on every ball but He will destroy u by stopping every ball.He has only one way to hit a six, loft the ball. But this creep lofting will come on his own time.

  • Edassery on February 25, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Aggressiveness, quick walks and gestures made on the field dont make one a great captain. I thought, Afridi was just about an average captain and Misbah a dash better. The real captaincy material in Pakistan - and probably the only one - is Younis Khan. Unfortunately, he cannot contain his own team these days which fields several captains.

  • on February 25, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    Misbah has done very good job in restoring Pakistan's cricket dignity by winning a number of series.I think he has produced excellent results as a captain.Media should not talkk to change Misbah after just one series loss.criticism should be made on the perfomances of the players.

  • on February 25, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    I ike this Article ! Really great wordings by George Dobell !

  • MeAsFan on February 25, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    People said Afridi will be or is aggressive captain but i don't think so Afridi is a aggressive player but defensive captain; if you had look those matches which he has captained you see that; Afiridi is the captain who has believe in more in his spinners rather than Pacers which will hurt Pakistan badly; look this ODI series where english pacers are getting wicket but Pakistan pacers are not getting any thing; it's all happen coz of approaches of Afridi and Misbah who do want to invest in Pacers. I am not a great fan of Misbah as a captain of ODI and T20, in Test Misbah is the best choice in ODI and T20, specially in T20 pak has to find new captain not only captain aggressive captain who should have faith in new Gugs; not like Afridi and Misbah who are not ready or believe in new guys.

  • likeintcricket on February 25, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    @ Chris Sun, Pakistan are winning matches away from home, including WI and Zealand. Pakistan did win against England in England and Australia in Sri Lanka. Also Don't mentioned Australia as they are going to loose against two Asian teams. I think in One days all the sides are nearly equal and only few factors make the difference. First Pakistan team was playing continuous cricket since last year and they worked so hard in beating England 3-0 that they were just exhausted as they were a little over age for one days. Secondly England got lucky early on winning the first two tosses and some drop catches of their out of form players. Even than Pakistan could have easily won the 2nd and fourth one days. Finally I don't want to blame Misbah but still his captaincy was a little defensive in One days and he did selected few undeserving players like Imran and Shoiab. Still I wanna give credit to England as out of nowhere they won 4 matches against a good side.

  • Nasir_Mahmood_Malik on February 25, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    The major reason for current successful run of Pakistan team in all forms of cricket (minus 4- to Eng, a top world side) is Misbah ul Haq. His methods, whether they appeal to some or not, are working tremendously. It is extremely sad, yet true how short sighted fans and media are. Having gone through a long stretched good run, it took media only one series to get their swords out. I hope and pray the current cricket shows some wisdom and does not fall prey to them. I don't mind it at all if PCB also gives such media elements a shut up call, like Misbah has rightly done.

  • rawcrickettalent on February 25, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    yes i think Misbah should retire frm odis and t20s because he certainly cant captain the team for 2015 ......i wanna know why Hafeez is not becoming captain???? and for all guys saying afridi's record is so poor....here look....Afridi has given so much to Pakistan cricket and you still say he has done nothing........after the spot fixing scandal in 2010 who led Pakistan back fiercely in the odis against England....Who made them fight till the death against RSA in the odis?? who made them win the odi series in New zealand and west indies and Who took a down and out team the world cup semi-Final....Guys pls think...the Afridi tenure and this tenure came at totally different times...Afridi picked up the team at the most difficult time...Misbah just took over from there...........

  • on February 25, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    Afridi is afridi..Misbah has no place in ODI..he is 37 nd by the 2015 he would be 41..thats not good for Pakistan cricket..and to replace a captain near the world cup,would be bad ,better to replace now.....misbah won that much ODI bcz alot of matches has been played against the lightweights....the Ireland Zimbabwe and Bangladesh...any captain would have won that. ...u people should remember that that was afridi who made the Pakistani team better after the crises(lost to England 2-3 in England and same against SA and never been whitewashed)....Misbah bekm captain for his worst performance in the semi final.......

  • doctor11 on February 25, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    Just to remind people, please be realistic. Afridi has charisma,. but i believe great player is one who performs in adversity . Rest can be seen from records.Great ODI/T20 bowler , no doubt, but a consistent performer -hmm very doubtful .Comparing the batting styles is not the issue but the consistency should be the benchmark. Even after loosing the world cup i have stopped stopped criticsing paksitan too much because they have started showing that they make effort in every game .They are working as a unit, more so udner Misbah over last year and half.He took captaincy when it was no joy and no one wanted to take this responsibilty. He has worked from nowhere to a good place now as a team .Misbah is arealist. , i am not a big fan of his tick-tick cricket but that has won us games rather than few flashy shots and than loose the match .He has performed and WON us games more often than not. On the other hand AFRIDI, no doubt a star, sitll after 300 + matches doesnt realise Team win imp.

  • abbyk2 on February 25, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    There is no doubt Misbah as a captain has gained a lot of respect from the vast number of the Pakintani public and media but he must realize the time has come to hand the captains baton to a younger man in the one day format of the game.Miabah is not going to be around when the 2015 World cup is played in Australia and New Zealand that also goes for Afiradi and Ajmal.Younis has already been dropped from the one day side. It is the bowlers who won the last T20 for Pakistan, their fielding was poor Misbah is already finding it difficult to hide his ageing side in the field and at this moment of time their is Mohammed Hafiz who can be considered as the one person who could take over the T20 captaincy.

  • pak94fan on February 25, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    I have no words... all I can say is, well done to Misbah to hit back at the media. He's the captain and he has been phenomenal and deserves respect.

  • smileyplus on February 25, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    Afridi is not a batsman. He is a bowler who can on occasion hit the ball. Much like Brett Lee, the other night against SL. His record in all forms is too modest for a front line batsman. He has been tried in the captaincy, with nothing to write home about. At times resigning from the job himself. His feud with Waqar, shows lack of respect, not just for his coach but for his country, especially considering Waqar is a great of international cricket, rated up there with some of the finest pace bowlers ever. Whilst Afridi will more than likely be remembered for a select few innings, and his Christ the Redeemer post wicket celebration. Misbah brings stability, and more importantly results. His contributions with the bat alone is enough to keep persisting with him. There is unity, discipline and stability in Pakistan cricket, not seen in a long time, and whilst i understand it may not be all Misbah, you cant rule out that it isn't either.

  • CrazyforcricketIII on February 25, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    Leave Misbah alone! He is one of the best thing happened to Pakistan cricket after a long time. He has resurrected Pakistan cricket from ashes. He can bat when other senior players fail even in short version cricket. There is no comparison to Afridi. Misbah is the best suited for this task at present though we should start grooming somebody else than Afridi for the world cup.

  • on February 25, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    As Ramiz Raja highlighted there were no big star players in the test side and the boys were working together. Now incomes Afridi and brings a

  • on February 25, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    I think after Imran Khan none was a better captain then Misbah. Pakistan need one or too calm player and Misbah is eqaul calm as three such perhaps. Afridi shouldnt be given such burdan again as captain, he should concentrate on his bowling, fielding and also bating. We need him as a gamewinner not as a captain and losing then under pressure. Missbah do makes runs slowly but he stay as a strong Wall and take huge pressure from bating and as captain his ideas and his calm thinking take us many time to winning matches. So he is great captain and Afridi great entertainer, bowler and batsman. We now have another one, the younger Afridi (Zia) hope he will play his natural game in T20s as in his first. Think positive that what we need now if we want a good performance from our team.

  • AnotherCricketer on February 25, 2012, 0:22 GMT

    If there is one thing that will establish Misbah as the CAPTAIN is for him to give the domestic talent a chance and not lean on dinosaurs and parchi players just to eek out a win. A great many of us question inclusion of Farhat in the team. Another in-form player could have performed miracles by now than to wait out for Malik to return to for by wasting a full year--not to mention that Malik is not getting any younger. Gul bowls straight as a bamboo tree and will show luke-warm success in every third game he will play. And all this while, the likes of Sadaf Hussain and Mohd. Khalil are waiting for their turn. Lost oppty to try this talent at Bangl series. Yes, Misbah is no Afridi.

  • sscricfan on February 25, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    the reason why people support afridi is coz of the way he led the team in the world cup, and he, unlike Misbah, doesn't freeze. Misbah is NOT a modern ODI or T20 player. He would have made a decent addition to the 1987 WC squad. But his strike rate is aweful! Not the kind you want in ODI and T20. Afridi won Pakistan the T20 WC, and you guys still question him. Misbah is a great captain for Tests. But in ODI, there is just no place for turtles.

  • Rahi393 on February 24, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    Afridi is nothing in front of Misbah as Misbah plays for country and the other just playing,According to these real facts no comments remain. He is playing from a decade and still he looks like he is playing his first odi.

  • on February 24, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    It was 14 wins and 1 loss before the ODI series, what a record. The four losses came at the hands of England. Which led the media to question his captaincy. Why didn't it work against England when it worked so well in the previous 14 wins? Pakistan weaknesses have been exposed. Misbah's biggest challenge would be to try and win overseas in Australia, England and South Africa. Not just in your own backyard.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 24, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    Misbah is the worst captain ever to have graced the game. That much is clear.

  • sabee66 on February 24, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    Why dont poeple understand AFRIDI is AFRIDI , there is no replacement for him in Pakistan Misbah is Misbah, leave him alone

    both are different people and can'b be same, let them do their roles

    Love them both

  • yorkshirematt on February 24, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    I really don't understand the criticism of Misbah. Pakistan have got themselves a solid, sensible captain. And he's just led the team to test whitewash of the number 1 team. What happens in the subsequent ODIs and T20s should be irrelevant after that.

  • adil8 on February 24, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    According To Great Imran Khan,"Test Cricket is a Real Test For Any Player",

    Where Afridi Has Chickened Out!!

    His Batting Average in World Cup Matches is 11.12!!

    Afridi is INCONSISTENT, UNRELIABLE AND OVERRATED !!

    Misbah is Exactly the Opposite and Deserves Respect For His Achievements!!

  • on February 24, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    Afridi is no dought a great player but just cause he is a great player doesnt mean he must be captain.Misbah has been a great servant for pakistan cricket and he deserves to be captain,he might be a slow batsmen but he is the backbone of the batting line up he holds the team together. Us pakistani seriously need to stop thinkig tht cricket is just all about acoring quick runs, when the situation is right misbah can hit the ball better than most, tgt is experiance an machurity nt being nieve like afridi who slogs himself out at the wrong time

  • on February 24, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    afridi the worst captain ever!!

  • Marvin on February 24, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    absolutely ridiculous to criticise Misbah. He has turned round a team at the brink of disaster. For those saying ODI and T20 records not good enough, look at the facts .....". He has led in 15 Tests (nine wins, five draws and just that one loss against the West Indies), 19 ODIs (14 wins and five losses) and six T20Is (all of which have been won).."

  • on February 24, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    Afridi Should Be Captain...He is Agrressive captain!

  • abu777 on February 24, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    Misbah is amazing, stop obsessing over afridi, he is good, but not a good captain he makes less than 20 runs a game, once in a blue moon he plays well and evrybody bows down to him, ENOUGH

  • dontlikecricket on February 24, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    I think I am getting tired of so called experts comments about Misbah. The matter of fact is Afridi is unpredictable and there is no one else in the team who can take the captaicy at this stage. People keep forgetting that Misbah has restored the reputation of Pak cricket after illfated tour of England. Pak do need a youngish captian in long term, however a lot of players in team are new and they need to concentrate to improve thier games. Funny enpugh Misbah record in limited overs games as a captain is not bad either. So give Misbah a break and let him captin this Pak team for as long as he wishes. He is getting old, but the fact is he is one od the fittest player in the team!!

  • on February 24, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    Misbah is not a bad choice as a captain as far as test matches are concerned. However he is far too defensive in ODIs and T20s and there is no guarantee that he would be around for the next world cup. Misbah is already 37 and may have a couple of years in International cricket , so Pakistan has look towards the future and appoint a younger man as captain as far as the shorter versions are concerned.

  • on February 24, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    I think misbah is the best captain even if we lost an other series but hafeez should be the vice captain for a couple of series and then permanent captain in T20 and odis

  • on February 24, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    Come on! Let Misbah be...!

  • on February 24, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    Misbah's real problem - and it is a problem without a solution - is that he is not Afridi. The populist adoration for Afridi - for his charisma, his talent and his aura - is boundless. Misbah, with his more prosaic qualities of reliability, calm and consistency, is overshadowed by comparison. While logic might back Misbah, emotions are with Afridi.

  • on February 24, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Misbah's comment about captaincy is absolutely right, the win and loss condition is not attached with the changing of the decision about captaincy, its the strategy which can applied the person who spend his sincerity with his team and country, i suggest that just convey the clear and vivid message to the all team players don't let down in any condition try to do his best whatever the condition played for the country not for himself. Another thing which is come in scenario like a alarm, we are loosing our strength of fast bowling, we must pay attention on this side which is ignore day by day, kamran akmal must be the part of team besides all the crisis, umar akmal is a complete batsman, when he take the responsbility of keeping he can not perform better in the batting, drop the shoaib malik and call kamran akmal back.

  • on February 24, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    Missbah dont worry just carry on ...dont worry about the peoples...an media..u lost one day seriz who cares the man win was test seriz...u the man an champ... My best wishz allway with u...

  • Bubble_Buster on February 24, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    The problem is not Misbah's approach, problem is in people's head. They fail to understand that every player has different role to play in the team. Misbah's batting is there to provide a bedrock, so other players can play around him. Usually # i5 is not the position for this role, but given the batting vows of Pakistan, Misbah is the right person for this postion. Take out Misbah's batting, and Pakistan can not even win the T20. They will be all out 100 or so. Reality is Pakistan does not have a quality player, who can be reliable. With all of these nonsense batters, like afridi, umar akmal, and farhat, you can not trust their batting to save Pakistan. They are like a pathetic fire works in the rain. All these calls to bring back yesteyears player is just plain stupidity, if they did not perform in their prime, how could you expect them to perform when they are on the wrong side of the age. Goodluck Misbah... Unfortunately, you are the captain of pathetic batting line up.

  • on February 24, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    great points from misbah such as fielding,captaincy and batsmans if pakistan take control on these things then i think there is no any team to disturb pakistanfrom number 1

  • Zahidsaltin on February 24, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    ONE THING SHOULD BE SETTELED FOR NOW that Misbh should be retained as captain until he retires from the game. Said that, there are some issues which should be attended to. First, there are so many players waiting for their turn who are not given an extended go to prove their abilities but players who after years of international experience have 27-30 in batting average are just kept on. Farhat & Malik are two examples. I am afraid Malik's 39 in last T20 will be enough for his friends to keep him floating for another year. Asad Shafiq is another over rated player who after scoring a 50 in every 7 innings is supposed to be next big thing in pakistan cricket. Players Like Usman Sallahuddin are waiting and performing year after year but if at last he gets a chance, he will be given only a couple of chances to perform in dieing overs where he will be supposed to slog hit but at the same time succeed too. In comparison Malik is kept in the team for a year to reach the day he could score 39

  • on February 24, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    I can't speak for the Pakistanis here, but as an England supporter I think Misbal is marvellous. We have just watched a great series, and even though England were comprehensively beaten, I enjoyed it immensely. This wasn't the old Pakistan that could be thrilleing but might implode at any point but a gritty hard to beat team and a lot of that was due to Misbal.

  • fuad_ahmed on February 24, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Anybody talking about MISBAH's age should look at the likes of Imran Khan and Arjuna Ranatunga. They were not jumping on the bed when they made their country proud, they were definitely 35+.

    People just get lost with one dismissal, take out Misbah & Younus from your side, poor guys would not be able survive even a 10 over match, let alone a 20/20

    Speaking of LALA, imagine Pakistan 20/5 and he trying to hit a yorker over mid wicket. I definitely don't recognize LALA as a leader.

    And, cmon give Misbah a break :)

  • on February 24, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    i dont think misbah is the right odi captain i think afridi or any one else will be better...he is a test match type of player even his fielding and tactics are right for test not for odi..you will lose bare matches if we keep misbah as an odi captain...but on the other hand he is a good player and person to have on a team

  • LordOfCric on February 24, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Nobody loves Afridi more than i do, but that one sentence (If Afridi drop his glove whole nation will come to pick it up, but if Misbah score 50 we will still find a way to degrade him) did make me realize how anive we are. How many matches have Afridi won for Pakistan? look at his Average as a batsmen or as a bowler. Remember the time when we have Saeed, Aamir, Inzi, Ijaz, Yousuf pakistan harldy lose any match at that time in Sub continent coz they were all very good finisher Misbah is one of them.........................

  • on February 24, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    I know that Afridi is good ODI and T20 player and he is the one who started the restoration of Pakistan team starting from world cup and then Misbah followed but there is no need to change the captain until Misbah is playing because team is performing good and all the former captains playing well and supporting him. what else one could have asked for.

  • Ifty_Khan on February 24, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    Misbah & Pakistan Zinabad.... long term Haffiz captain

  • on February 24, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    Misbah is right. But Pakistan must see towards future now and should try to develop a younger captain. Afradi is no more the CHOICE to be a captain.

  • r1m2 on February 24, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Misbah is right but he also needs to understand the big picture. Is he going to be around at the ripe young age of 40 to lead Pakistan in the WC 2015? I doubt that.

    It would be possible only if he's in great form without any flop series until then. But this is highly unlikely.

    Is it then the best idea to give the reins over to Afridi? That I think is an even worse idea. Afridi is not a great captain. he's too whimsical and his captaincy inconsistent.

    Mr. Dobell speaks of Afridi's talent, where is this talent you speak of? I've never seen it...! He's not a reliable batsman. He's a good limited overs bowler, however he can be very expensive when he's not having a good day in the office.

    Pakistan needs to invest in the future captain who will be highly likely to lead them into WC 2015. And they (PCB) should put this responsibility on Misbah and the coach's shoulder to identify that person. They work with the players day in day out, they will have the best idea of who's got the stuff.

  • on February 24, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Since Misbah became the captain of Pakistan,the team is going in the right track,and because of Misbah's captainly,the Pakistan team are improving their ranking

  • Stark62 on February 24, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Does this guy not realise that his captaincy is only good for Tests?

    Remember he said this "It is better to draw than lose". But in ODI's and T20's, you can't draw!!!!!

    I mean, which captain has no slips, has four men in the ring and the field spread out for a new batsmen?

    He should watch Clarke captain because he gives the opposition no breathing space in all the formats.

  • RUQQ on February 24, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Be Honest and Brave.... What Misbah has done every captain in Pakistan have done. Pakistan's Cricketers always remain centre of controversy because of week administration. Pakistan is most unpredictable team in the Cricketing world and every one know that. They can beat undefeated Australia in world cup and lost to Bangladesh, Ireland at some point. Every batsman can not perform in every match but they should have to learn from their mistake. We won test series against World No 1 - WELL DONE and CONGRATULATIONS. But lost One day series against No 6 ranked. Misbah and Co have to accept that and need to rectify this problem. Again we are up against World No 1 T20 ranked team. Our best bowlers did not up to their mark. Shahid and Ajmal gave almost 30 runs each in 4 overs. Batsman were lazy. Misbah scored 26 (26 balls) and Shoaib 39 (33) but in last 10 overs they scored only 71 runs. They both (or at least one) should have to accelerate after 16 overs. You had Gul and Saeed who can hit.

  • on February 24, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Nothing to take away from you Misbah you have dilivered the result as being a Capitan of Pakistani team 3-0 whitewash is no fluke especailly against No. 1 team in the world England but ODI series was also there which was totally disaster i mean come on din't win even one single match out of 4. You are great capitan but only for test side of the team. Just like England they have different capitan for different format of the game and they give the result. So for ODI and T20 Shahid Afradi is the best what Pakistan has and should keep him as a capitan of the team for both the formats which is also proven in the recent World Cup the most wicket taker in the entire Tournament 21 Wkts. by Shahid Afradi and took the team to semi-final a team which was not even suppose to win anything so there shows Afradi is capiable for those formats of the game.

    Overall you are good player and good capitan Misbah hats of to you!

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on February 24, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Even Though I don't like Misbah's defensive approach but still i will prefer him over Afridi as Afridi is emotional and most of the time loss his temperament. In tough situation you need to be cool and calm which Misbah usually does...

  • davidatlas999 on February 24, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    misbah just need play odi like odi not like test.he is good but he need to improve run rate.in test 3 run rate is ok. in odi he need to try for 300 not only for 250.hope he carry on wining matches.

  • on February 24, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    Misbah has an excellent temperament and understands and fits into the role of a Captain extremely well. Moreover, he is right, leave the team alone!

    Don't look a gift-horse in the mouth!

  • Nadeemgami on February 24, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    pakistan is doing well but pakistan need attackng opening batsman like Imran Nazir,Ahmed Shazad, Nasir Jamshed. God blees pakistan Cricket Misbah Zindabad

  • WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on February 24, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    MISBAH u r absolutely right that only one man iwas not responsiblr for ODI series loss against but dear there r some players who r missing from ur squad & i hope that faces will surely a part of ur ASIA cup squad & next series such as JAMSHED,RAZZAK,SHEHZAD,RAMEEZ RAJA jnr,KAMRAN AKMAL & SAMI...these guys r excellent talents plz dont waste this talents...some faces was purely waste in ur recent ODI squad such as FARHAT,YOUNUS,CHEEMA,ADNAN etc...if u want to give chance to old guns then only RAZZAK,KAMRAN & SAMI r capable to contribute in future,lot of cricket is left in these guys...& 1 more thing plz change ur captaincy & batting approach specially in ODIs & t20...we need some aggresion at least in limited overs game coz defensive approach always put pressure on bowling unit...batsman need some aggression in field restrictions at least,by this our team put more than 250 on board & release some pressure on bowling & our bowling r 90% capable to defend 250+ target...

  • Simmy567 on February 24, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    Misbah has shown great courage to take on the captaincy midst so much controversy, and to currently hold the record that he does is admirable.Lets not forget that England are a quality side in all forms of the game, and this is probably the first real test that Misbah has been put through. In my opinion he has passed, but not with flying colours. In the tests, he showed a calm head, which is the norm for him. However, I feel in the odi's the calm approach that he takes may not be suited to the direction that Pakistan must take towards the World Cup. As far as the T20's are concerned...........who cares, it's all a bit of fun.

  • donda on February 24, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    Losing one series and people are asking for change. Why make Afridi the captain, he lost WC semi final to india. Pakistan dropped 6 catches of Sachin under his captaincy. I believe that Afridi is not a great captain.

    Afridi might be the greatest allrounder ever played in ODI but he is not a good captain. he should have won that match against India. It was Misbah whose stubborn batting saved the pride of pakistan in that WC semi final.

    You can win 100 matches but losing one big match against india is not acceptable. I don't support Afridi to captain the team at all, he got his opportunity and lost it. the end.

  • on February 24, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    @Khurram - Well I don't agree. If Misbah was given credit for test series, he has to be blamed for ODI series. If its about having cool head then he has to have a top gear while batting. He was pathetic in2nd ODI. He kept a cool head until the end and then messed it up because he just don't have shots to play. Has he ever won a match for the team on his own? No. Then whats the use of having a cool head and taking the innings to the end by being slow. He just can't play shots. One can say that Abdul Rehman scored 1 off 11 balls but who sets the batting order? And Misbah sticks to the set batting order no matter what. How can you forget that Afridi was the one who took this team to semi finals of the world cup. And there again that cool headed Misbah just messed everything up. Didn't he only dead batted every ball but also pressurized batsmen at other end.

  • KarachiKid on February 24, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    For Pakistan to excel in cricket for a longer duration, our wicket keeping, batting and ground fielding (in this very order) have to improve. Akmals, all of them are failed keepers and batsmen. Batting is brittle with only Azhar and Asad providing some spine. Otherwise its only Misbah and Younis. Hafeez fails to go beyong 20's, so he is an all rounder, not a batmen alone, just like Afridi. No room for Farhat and Malik in this team.

  • hoodbu on February 24, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Misbah = Rational Man. Shabaash!

  • on February 24, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Azhar Ali should be made ODI captain..Hafeez might be given odd chances in T20 .. hafeez form in ODI against big team is quite poor, so he should be in spotlight

  • on February 24, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    Misbah is the best captain so far i have seen in Pakistan cricket, although he has got a weaker & young team to defend. Those people who want to replace him are not against him but they can not see the glories of Pakistan Cricket Team. Gud luck Misbah, the whole nation is behind you.

  • El_Toro_Loco on February 24, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    Very well said-Misbah, Keep up the good work, stay calm & poised on the field.

  • on February 24, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    If some players dont perform, its not Misbahs captiancyz fault .. its true that he can turn out to be deffensive, but the results are good, (; good luck misbah!! FROM HEART! Go get every team! Even if u lose! We will back u up! well most of us ;)

  • on February 24, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    i think misbah should leave captaincy for boom boom Afridi because he deserving

  • on February 24, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    it is a truth thatMisbah's real problem - and it is a problem without a solution - is that he is not Afridi.! :D

  • pintu01 on February 24, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    Misbah, the team and the coaches should not be changed. The team has a winning dynamics now, any change will disturbe that. Please give the credit to Misbah and Mohsin Khan who built a winning team from shambles.

  • cricketeria on February 24, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    His captaincy is good, no doubt. I don't really care about style, I just care about wins. And Misbah wins, again and again, Misbah wins. That's all that matters. My only question is, is Misbah our 2015 World Cup captain? He'll be almost 41 at that time. Imran Khan won the World Cup at 40 but Misbah is not Imran. Let's think about a succession plan. Who is Pakistan's next test captain? Who is our ODI captain for the World Cup? For T20 Afridi is an easy choice as captain, until he retires. But for the others? Hafeez? Azhar Ali?

  • SamAsh07 on February 24, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    No matter how charismatic Afridi may be, if I ever encountered Misbah and Afridi in my life at the same time, I would go to Misbah for an autograph and a picture. Not Afridi. Yes I like Afridi too but what Misbah has done, no captain on the face of the earth could've done it. He revived a Pakistani Team which was on the verge of complete destruction, he didn't have the superstars Amir and Asif, yet with his love and commitment to Junaid and Cheema, he has earned good bowlers, these 2 may not be great but they are good.

  • Umms on February 24, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Guys....Pakistan is not Australia. Pointing example can be fit into our batting culture. They have Hussey, Clarke and even look at their new batters. Look at their technique and attitude. Pakistan need consistency and Misbah has provided it. I am not a fan of Misbah batting, but his presence in the field makes a big difference on the team. Credit must be given to him, he led the team without much resources and still his record is probably better than Imran and Miandad. The guy is not immensly talented, but he puts his act together. Pakistan need application and need to play as united team, rather than Akmals talent.

  • on February 24, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    I dont really understand why people are against Misbah.Time and again he has saved Pakistan from batting collapses. I think he is the best thing to have happened to Pakistan cricket since World T20 2007 where performing throughout the tournament he almost single handedly took Pak to victory in the final.

  • on February 24, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    omg with only one loss how can media demand to axe misbah's captaincy, the moment at which misbah became the captain at that time pakistani cricket was down and out and look the difference this man has made they should be proud of him misbah and pakistan zindabad for me after imran khan misbah is the best captain pakistan have ever produced

  • on February 24, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    why PCB or pakistan people or media wants to change captain after they loose any kind of series? Misbah is maybe tuk -tuk (slow) player. but atleast he stays at pitch longer then other batsmen. A captain learns from his mistakes. Pak won test series after so many years. the captain was Misbah in the test series. we should support Misbah ( and offcourse whole pak team). if we change captain everytime, then captain and players become under pressure. So please dont change the captain, give chance to everygood player ( like awais zia, fawad alam, rana naved,...)

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 24, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Is Misbah serious? Does he realise that every cricket follower can WATCH the games in which he captains Pakistan? Forget about outside fans, every Pakistani fan agrees that Mishab's tactics as captain are horrendous! Who's he kidding? Not the cricketing world obviously!

  • zkaleem on February 24, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Misbah remains the best option to captain test teams. For the other formats, he is too defensive minded and allows the opposition to dominate until they commit a mistake. When they don't commit a few, we lose. As simple as that. He is not likely to be around till the next WC anyway. Afridi is no solution. Despite his enormous talent, he is a mindless cricketer. We need a younger captain, someone who is an automatic selection, uses his mind and is a good communicator. At present, I cannot think of anyone else except Hafeez.

  • imranmujtaba on February 24, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    @Khurramch is right ..... Misbah has made so many mistakes, he should stepped down himself..... please let some else learn, some younger player so he can build team and confidence by next WC ...... I dont even See Misbah up till next WC ..... he should only stay captain for Test .......

  • drdani on February 24, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    i am a great admirer of afridi..infact i watch cricket mostly to see afridi perfrom..still i believe that we should stick to one captain, which we are doing with misbah...in the past our only problem was inconsistency, wether it be inconsistency with performance, inconsistency with selection, or inconsistency with captains...we have solved this now..so pls back up what we have achieved n be patient...i think the selection of a player or a captain should be justified if he plays continuously for 8-10 months or plays atleast 3 series..m passionate about afridi n may be i would have wanted him the captain of T20 atleast, but 'consistency' should be our main goal, n we are doing that with misbah, n mind u he IS taking our team to top !!

  • irfan0303 on February 24, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    Misbah is doing very good job. Please don't disturb him with negative comments. Afridi is match winner but not capable of captaincy. I recommend to drop only Junaid Khan and bring Wahab with Gul. All the best Misbah........

  • Precioustar84 on February 24, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Well its a bit media's fault but also a bit of the fans too. Once you start losing, fans tend to question captaincy especially after whitewash. At one moment you will see fans and media praising the team, especially a captain during winning moments but it only takes 2 or 3 losses before media and fans to turn on the captains. I'm a Team India fan so I've seen this all too well from fans and media, and of course this happens way worse to Team India but good for you Misbah for telling media like it is!! Media does need to think positively after losses. If there is a replacement or someone better and patient than Misbah, then Pak should look for him but so far Misbah seems to a great captain for Pakistan.

  • on February 24, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Great article Mr.George Dobell !!

  • iBilal on February 24, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Go Misbah, we are with you

  • mansoorJ on February 24, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    Well aftre reading this report i must say you are very much right on the whole issue, But itz always that a HERO IS BORN AS HERO and thats Afridi for sure. What makes difference between MISBAH AND AFRIDI = FIGHTING INSTINCT. Fact is Afridi lost many matches but if we rewatch the matches he gives his 100% while fielding, He shares his thoughts with the bowler during his spell, changing fielding spots, by misfielding he guides the fielder to be at the toe while bowl reaching the striker's end so i guess these are the evidence in favour of Afridi which MISBAH cnt mess with BOOM BOOM. FANS WANTING TO WATCH FIGHTING INNINGS, FUN AND PLEASURE OF CRICKET WATCHING. I wont ask for captain's changing. MISBAH IS A GUD SUCESSFULL CAPTAIN which counts alot though he shd put more energy in him to promote the game, thats all what we want from him NOT HIS REPLACEMENT. I wish him and the team T-20 serries win and they can for sure only they shd sharp their bitting tooth GUD LUCK

  • on February 24, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    Well its not about the records its about the skill. Misbah would hardly make it to a limited overs side if he is not the captain. He is very low on skill and is not proactive at all in his captaincy. It seems he performs a preplanned set of tasks in a match. He would spread the filed after 20 overs irrespective of the situation. He doesn't have skill to play quickly (ultimately necessary for someone coming to bat at 5) and doesn't have the guts to play higher in the order. At most times he struggles to even push singles around. He is making Umar Akmal a hitter by conitnuously asking him to play at number 6. If Akmal is the best batsman in the team in terms of skill he has to be promoted and given a role. Above all he is 38 and not getting any younger so Pakistan should look ahead and Misbah should himself realize that he is beginning to be a liability. Even a great like Tendulkar is being criticized for not calling it quits at the right time. Misbah is not even 0.001% of Tendulkar.

  • on February 24, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    the truth no one wants to face :/ Misbah has shown with his performance that he i one of the best captains of the world :) i took him approx 2 years to speak for his defence.. otherwise his bat always spoked for him :D

  • codegreen on February 24, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    Boom Boom's 19 match stint as Captain in T20's( losing 70%) was the main reason we were ranked no.7 in The Rankings last year,,,

  • on February 24, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    our media is the problem misbah should remain as a captain in test and one day matches..winning and losing is part of the game.in the end captain does not won team wins

  • on February 24, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Misbah always rescue Pakistan whenever it is needed, such a fine and responsible player HE IS! =]

  • on February 24, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    I criticize Misbah's captaincy, but I would NEVER consider Afridi over Misbah.The problem is, both men arent good captains,now who is worse is another question. Misbah is too defensive,to old school.Yes he is calm, but he has to know when to attack and when to defend.His field placements and application of pressure during the ODI series was poor.His style of captaincy doesnt cost as much when you have 5 days of cricket vs 50 overs. Afridi is all emotions.You could probably train any bowler to bat as well as afridi after 330 odd ODIs, his avg. still in the 20s. His aggression has always surpassed his logic.I remember his games as captainl, he would continue to the same strategy out of stubborness even if it didnt work. We need another person as ODI captain. Sadly, no on in the team seems to stand out, Moh. Hafeez did great last yr and in another 6 months could have emerged as one, but his fall in form in the recent series, it might not happen.

  • on February 24, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Misbah & Pakistan Zinabad....

  • on February 24, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    its not good that after one series defeat they getout misbah as a captain.Misbah is very good captain..........

  • on February 24, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    I think Misbah should play only Test Cricket as Pakistan should look faword for 2015 world Cup. Till to that Misbah and Younis can not survive. so this right team. Pakistan team is on winning track so Pakistan should take some tough decision. if Australia can for Pointing then why not Pakistan.

  • GreenTeam-Elite on February 24, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Well I Think Misbah Did a Great Job in Resoring the Reputation of Pakistan Cricket by his Cool Leadership!!! Thanks Misbah We Really Proud of You!!!

  • on February 24, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    A captain must be one having a sensible and calm head over his shoulders such as Dhoni and Misbah. Unfortunately this is not the case with Afridi to say the least. There's absolutely no doubt Afridi is a very good player to have in a team but hard to believe people in media are still talking about him as a captain. Pakistani team is already unpredictable and having a captain like Afridi will make it a Joker team!

  • khurramsch on February 24, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    agree upto some extent. & i think his captaincy in limited overs is not that good as in tests. we have seen in odi with changes, fileding tactics not good. even in this t20 he didnt used malik or azam but used junaid for 4 overs where he was giving 10 runs per over.BUt agree if you want afridi instead of him then misbah is far better choice. & agree that its not only captain they lost odi series. its whole team. batting of many players fielding, even bowling.

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  • khurramsch on February 24, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    agree upto some extent. & i think his captaincy in limited overs is not that good as in tests. we have seen in odi with changes, fileding tactics not good. even in this t20 he didnt used malik or azam but used junaid for 4 overs where he was giving 10 runs per over.BUt agree if you want afridi instead of him then misbah is far better choice. & agree that its not only captain they lost odi series. its whole team. batting of many players fielding, even bowling.

  • on February 24, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    A captain must be one having a sensible and calm head over his shoulders such as Dhoni and Misbah. Unfortunately this is not the case with Afridi to say the least. There's absolutely no doubt Afridi is a very good player to have in a team but hard to believe people in media are still talking about him as a captain. Pakistani team is already unpredictable and having a captain like Afridi will make it a Joker team!

  • GreenTeam-Elite on February 24, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Well I Think Misbah Did a Great Job in Resoring the Reputation of Pakistan Cricket by his Cool Leadership!!! Thanks Misbah We Really Proud of You!!!

  • on February 24, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    I think Misbah should play only Test Cricket as Pakistan should look faword for 2015 world Cup. Till to that Misbah and Younis can not survive. so this right team. Pakistan team is on winning track so Pakistan should take some tough decision. if Australia can for Pointing then why not Pakistan.

  • on February 24, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    its not good that after one series defeat they getout misbah as a captain.Misbah is very good captain..........

  • on February 24, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Misbah & Pakistan Zinabad....

  • on February 24, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    I criticize Misbah's captaincy, but I would NEVER consider Afridi over Misbah.The problem is, both men arent good captains,now who is worse is another question. Misbah is too defensive,to old school.Yes he is calm, but he has to know when to attack and when to defend.His field placements and application of pressure during the ODI series was poor.His style of captaincy doesnt cost as much when you have 5 days of cricket vs 50 overs. Afridi is all emotions.You could probably train any bowler to bat as well as afridi after 330 odd ODIs, his avg. still in the 20s. His aggression has always surpassed his logic.I remember his games as captainl, he would continue to the same strategy out of stubborness even if it didnt work. We need another person as ODI captain. Sadly, no on in the team seems to stand out, Moh. Hafeez did great last yr and in another 6 months could have emerged as one, but his fall in form in the recent series, it might not happen.

  • on February 24, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Misbah always rescue Pakistan whenever it is needed, such a fine and responsible player HE IS! =]

  • on February 24, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    our media is the problem misbah should remain as a captain in test and one day matches..winning and losing is part of the game.in the end captain does not won team wins

  • codegreen on February 24, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    Boom Boom's 19 match stint as Captain in T20's( losing 70%) was the main reason we were ranked no.7 in The Rankings last year,,,