Pakistan v South Africa in UAE 2010 October 11, 2010

Misbah the best cricket brain in Pakistan - Lawson

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Former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson believes Misbah-ul-Haq has the "best cricket brain" in Pakistan and is well-placed to handle the Test captaincy, surprisingly handed to the 36-year-old last week.

Misbah was thought to be out of national reckoning when he wasn't picked for the Asia Cup or the tour to England earlier this year. But a disastrous sequence of captaincy appointments left the board, in their own words, with little choice.

Lawson is well-placed having been coach during Misbah's return to international cricket three years ago during the 2007 World T20, a tournament which he nearly won for Pakistan. That sparked the most productive phase of his career and it was in Lawson's time, between 2007 and 2008, that he established himself in the middle order; in five Tests under Lawson, he averaged 78 with two hundreds and a fifty; he averaged 41 in 28 ODIs, and over 67 in the ten Twenty20s Pakistan played with Lawson in charge.

Misbah was vice-captain to Shoaib Malik during that time and took over on one occasion, leading Pakistan to an ODI win over India in the 2008 Asia Cup in Karachi. "He definitely has the best cricket brain and intellect in Pakistan cricket," Lawson told ESPNcricinfo. "He has a statesman-like demeanour which so many Pakistan captains have lacked and he handles adversity analytically not emotionally. He knows how to get the best out of players and he is a winner, note his outstanding domestic record as a leader."

Several former players, including Wasim Akram have expressed their surprise at the appointment. Mostly it stems from Misbah's age - even though he is, for now, captain for only two Tests against South Africa - but also from his batting form.

His comeback ended initially in September 2009, when he was dropped for poor form. He returned, however, during the subsequent tour of New Zealand and Australia at the insistence of Mohammad Yousuf, who was captain at the time.

More disappointing returns on that tour formed part of a broader decline since Lawson's departure. He averages 24 in nine Tests since Lawson left in October 2008, and 21 in 19 T20Is. An average of nearly 40 in 16 ODIs since then is not enough to assuage the concerns of some that he doesn't command an automatic place in the XI.

"He works very hard on his fitness and his cricket skills so physically he will be in good shape," Lawson said. "The question is simply one of age and reactions. Has he got the sharpness to be productive at international level at 36? The captain leading or failing by example can have a significant effect on any team but especially Pakistan. He deserves this but Ideally he should have been captain six years ago."

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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  • dannydazil55 on October 15, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    @Kbloania - 1st Things 1st, no point talking about the stats cos they dont reveal the true picture. But now that u ve spoken abt stats lets see how sachin fares in it In Australia - Average of 58.53 In SA - Average of 43 In New Zealand - Average of 50 in England - Average of 62 In West Indies - Average of 48 So all in all a handy average of 53 in all these so called 'bouncy pitches'. Would u still say that he is a 'flat pitch bully'?? And one thing i neva understand is ur obsession wit Fast Bowlers and Umpires. When u have medium fast bowlers doing ur job y do u need a fast bowler and today zaheer is considered as one of the best bowlers in the world. Coming to Umpires, do u know that the Umpires training and breeding ground is in India at NCA. So all umpires that officiate in matches are trained here wat more do u want now? And Clarifying one more thing, am not making fun of others i was jus stating facts. It was u who was making fun of others needlessly wit no facts and bias

  • T.R.O.Y on October 14, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    @ klobania :(Courtesy Green_Gelly) :An overlooked statistic: Sachin Tendulkar has featured in 6 of India's 10 successful 4th innings chases of 200+, and has scored 341 runs at an average of 113.67 in the 2nd innings in these games, remaining unbeaten on 3 occasions.

  • klobania on October 14, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    @dannydazel55 dude if u really think that pak has no proper batsmen then why on earth india is far behind to pak if u go for pak vs ind stats. man i agree batsmen play key role but its bowling attack that win matches for teams more often than not. tell me any geniune pacer or international level umpire india has produced during last 20 yrs or so. first go n find them then make fun of other teams. anyways, mohammad yousuf being the highest run getter in any yr which ur very own flat pitches bullies sachin or sehwag have failed to achieve in their prolong careers of 20 n 12 yrs. if u think tendulkar gets better to silent his critics we want to play another world cup or two to make sure india couldnot won any of them

  • Ashish_lucky7 on October 14, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    Misbah being the captain is not surprising at all.... its jus like u wake up n find that u r in mars n not earth and then not be surprised bout it, come on PCB, seriously, stop giving lame reasons that he's got good cricketing brains, then y doesn't his career stats support that, oly 19 test matches n oly 2 centuries??? Even though m not happy wit t decision i juts hope its the right one n Pak can go nowhere but all the way to the top... well, not above India... And all u Anti-Sachin, Sachin is a GOD of CRICKET, no matter what u say is gonna change that, the thing bout him is not only his batting, but his attitude towards the game, his love for the game, have u ever seen him SLEDGING or getting involved in SCANDALS?? He's the most clean and appreciated cricketer to walk on this planet... so what if he hasn't won the World Cup, he has won a Billion hearts worldwide, that's what matters at the end peeps.. CHEERS!!!!!! Hats off to Sachin, hope to c more runs off his bat.!!!

  • T.R.O.Y on October 13, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    @klobania: dude.. .unfortunately there are 10 more players playing this game with him.. remember 2003 worldcup final??? 1996 semi-final??? buddy... that chap is playing his heart out for the past so many years but unfortunately there werent enough players to support him. No use blaming him dude... and dude.. one thing you are forgetting is there is no point playing brilliantly well in the second innings if you dont have goods delivered in the first and even the second innings is getting better by every match. @dannydazil55 - Good point dude. Umar gul being the top scorer for more than 80% of a 4 match test series doesnt inspire confidence:-)

  • dannydazil55 on October 13, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    @ Klobania - Its funny ppl reacting to India and SRT when you have a news and an issue relating to PAK. That just shows how everyone is obsessed with both of them. And forget about beating India on 'any day any ground', first find a batsmen who has the capabilities of lasting a test innings. how will u explain a side getting bowled out for less than 100 in an innings in 2 of their last 4 tests. For winning a test you are gonna need batsmen who can play for long hours. Hard to find a logic when u say pak can beat india without a proper test batsmen. i would also request you anti-SRT ppl to keep up their criticisms cos he's gonna take a hammer and shut up everyones mouth in the days to come...which is fruitful to both India and him...cheers on the victory guys!!!!

  • klobania on October 13, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    @T.R.o.y man lets talk abt stats can u tell me sachins 4th innings averages or n no. of tons outside sub-continent i mean in bouncy tracks likes of australia, england n africa. u r right he has been playing for over 20 yrs man if any non-cricketing person plays for over 20 yrs in same flat pitches he can also produce any havocs if sachin is doing so then it is nothing to feel cheer about. btw tell me how many world cups has sachin won for india in his prolong career of 20 yrs? i guess none infact he hasn't won any big tournament for india. if he has been part of australia he might have been forced to get retired atleast 10 yrs ago. i think only scoring runs in flat pitches when these runs r not getting u anything special like world cup r useless.

  • FahimAkbar on October 13, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    A batsman at age of 36 with 19 test matches and only two hundreds and four fifties and was out for at least one year from international cricket is eligible for Captaincy. In my opinion if he has best cricket brains then he should couch other player. As he has only brains not techniques or temperament. Faheem, Akbar, Islamabad

  • Sidath346 on October 13, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    Guys, lets give Misbah a break. I mean who knows what he could come up with. All those who criticise him now will have no words left to say if he shines as captain.

  • Stark62 on October 12, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    I don't know why but........

    I think Gul would make the perfect test captain!

  • dannydazil55 on October 15, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    @Kbloania - 1st Things 1st, no point talking about the stats cos they dont reveal the true picture. But now that u ve spoken abt stats lets see how sachin fares in it In Australia - Average of 58.53 In SA - Average of 43 In New Zealand - Average of 50 in England - Average of 62 In West Indies - Average of 48 So all in all a handy average of 53 in all these so called 'bouncy pitches'. Would u still say that he is a 'flat pitch bully'?? And one thing i neva understand is ur obsession wit Fast Bowlers and Umpires. When u have medium fast bowlers doing ur job y do u need a fast bowler and today zaheer is considered as one of the best bowlers in the world. Coming to Umpires, do u know that the Umpires training and breeding ground is in India at NCA. So all umpires that officiate in matches are trained here wat more do u want now? And Clarifying one more thing, am not making fun of others i was jus stating facts. It was u who was making fun of others needlessly wit no facts and bias

  • T.R.O.Y on October 14, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    @ klobania :(Courtesy Green_Gelly) :An overlooked statistic: Sachin Tendulkar has featured in 6 of India's 10 successful 4th innings chases of 200+, and has scored 341 runs at an average of 113.67 in the 2nd innings in these games, remaining unbeaten on 3 occasions.

  • klobania on October 14, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    @dannydazel55 dude if u really think that pak has no proper batsmen then why on earth india is far behind to pak if u go for pak vs ind stats. man i agree batsmen play key role but its bowling attack that win matches for teams more often than not. tell me any geniune pacer or international level umpire india has produced during last 20 yrs or so. first go n find them then make fun of other teams. anyways, mohammad yousuf being the highest run getter in any yr which ur very own flat pitches bullies sachin or sehwag have failed to achieve in their prolong careers of 20 n 12 yrs. if u think tendulkar gets better to silent his critics we want to play another world cup or two to make sure india couldnot won any of them

  • Ashish_lucky7 on October 14, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    Misbah being the captain is not surprising at all.... its jus like u wake up n find that u r in mars n not earth and then not be surprised bout it, come on PCB, seriously, stop giving lame reasons that he's got good cricketing brains, then y doesn't his career stats support that, oly 19 test matches n oly 2 centuries??? Even though m not happy wit t decision i juts hope its the right one n Pak can go nowhere but all the way to the top... well, not above India... And all u Anti-Sachin, Sachin is a GOD of CRICKET, no matter what u say is gonna change that, the thing bout him is not only his batting, but his attitude towards the game, his love for the game, have u ever seen him SLEDGING or getting involved in SCANDALS?? He's the most clean and appreciated cricketer to walk on this planet... so what if he hasn't won the World Cup, he has won a Billion hearts worldwide, that's what matters at the end peeps.. CHEERS!!!!!! Hats off to Sachin, hope to c more runs off his bat.!!!

  • T.R.O.Y on October 13, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    @klobania: dude.. .unfortunately there are 10 more players playing this game with him.. remember 2003 worldcup final??? 1996 semi-final??? buddy... that chap is playing his heart out for the past so many years but unfortunately there werent enough players to support him. No use blaming him dude... and dude.. one thing you are forgetting is there is no point playing brilliantly well in the second innings if you dont have goods delivered in the first and even the second innings is getting better by every match. @dannydazil55 - Good point dude. Umar gul being the top scorer for more than 80% of a 4 match test series doesnt inspire confidence:-)

  • dannydazil55 on October 13, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    @ Klobania - Its funny ppl reacting to India and SRT when you have a news and an issue relating to PAK. That just shows how everyone is obsessed with both of them. And forget about beating India on 'any day any ground', first find a batsmen who has the capabilities of lasting a test innings. how will u explain a side getting bowled out for less than 100 in an innings in 2 of their last 4 tests. For winning a test you are gonna need batsmen who can play for long hours. Hard to find a logic when u say pak can beat india without a proper test batsmen. i would also request you anti-SRT ppl to keep up their criticisms cos he's gonna take a hammer and shut up everyones mouth in the days to come...which is fruitful to both India and him...cheers on the victory guys!!!!

  • klobania on October 13, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    @T.R.o.y man lets talk abt stats can u tell me sachins 4th innings averages or n no. of tons outside sub-continent i mean in bouncy tracks likes of australia, england n africa. u r right he has been playing for over 20 yrs man if any non-cricketing person plays for over 20 yrs in same flat pitches he can also produce any havocs if sachin is doing so then it is nothing to feel cheer about. btw tell me how many world cups has sachin won for india in his prolong career of 20 yrs? i guess none infact he hasn't won any big tournament for india. if he has been part of australia he might have been forced to get retired atleast 10 yrs ago. i think only scoring runs in flat pitches when these runs r not getting u anything special like world cup r useless.

  • FahimAkbar on October 13, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    A batsman at age of 36 with 19 test matches and only two hundreds and four fifties and was out for at least one year from international cricket is eligible for Captaincy. In my opinion if he has best cricket brains then he should couch other player. As he has only brains not techniques or temperament. Faheem, Akbar, Islamabad

  • Sidath346 on October 13, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    Guys, lets give Misbah a break. I mean who knows what he could come up with. All those who criticise him now will have no words left to say if he shines as captain.

  • Stark62 on October 12, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    I don't know why but........

    I think Gul would make the perfect test captain!

  • T.R.O.Y on October 12, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    @klobania - if scoring runs were so easy even if it was on flat tracks, i wonder why noone is even close to sachin?? i bet you wouldnt have said the same thing if he were playing for your country. noone has survived for 21 yrs at international level with the kind of success he has enjoyed and he is at his peak right now. Try showing some respect to a genuine talent dude.

    And bringing back a person who is 37 and who was dropped 6 months back from national side and appointing him the captain is something that only one board in the whole world can do. if he is really the best cricketing brain in Pak then maybe he should be appointed at the PCB rather than captaining the national team.

  • known_stranger on October 12, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    @ Raja, this is not at all the criteria of judging a player. Sachin and Lara who are on top of batting in world cricket have no reputation as match winners or finishers. i have seen alot of innings from them in which they scored hundreds but when it comes to successful match finish, they got out. how will you rate these two??

  • on October 12, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Misbah the best cricket brain in Pakistan ?!!! CAN ANYBODY FORT THE LAST BALL T20 FINALL, COMMMOON

  • known_stranger on October 12, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    I agree to lawson, Misbah is a talented, physically fit and mature cricketer. in present circumstances we dont have at all any choice other then him. yes Younis is a good choice but having some issues with PCB, he is out.

    for me he is far better then Malik, Afridi, yousuf and Salman butt. Misbah has a clean disciplinary record. i dont know why we Pakistanis are all become good criticizers, see the media people who impose their opinions on people for certain players and always give options for persons of their choice.

  • on October 12, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    Geoff Lawson might, on the same lines, opine that he was Australia's best cricket brain. But I guess we know better.

  • on October 12, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    I am Bangladeshi. My best team is Bangladesh. 2nd team is Pakistan. Last few months the pakistan team is in very trouble. I hope they have strong mind and they over come from this trouble. Meshbah is very talents batsman, already selected as a test captain against South Africa. My request is the PCB Should come back of ex-captain Younus Khan immediately. Younus Khan is the best 3rd no. position batsman of pakistan team.

    thanks.

  • on October 12, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    Ha ha ha nice jokes. I am sure now pakistan cricket goes one step down. I hope no one has forgotten T20 final where this pakistan batsman what done , all of us known. So Mr lawson took your comment back. Misbah is already over.

  • on October 12, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    Osman under the circumstances, Misbah is the best choice.He is an MBA and can speak English properly.Give him a chance maybe he workks out.Where is Younis Khan??? PCB should try him as a captain in all forms of cricket. 50 overs, T-20 etc Please give us the good news of Ijaz Butt resigning.Can Majid Khan take over as PCB chairman? Mehdi - Singapore

  • on October 12, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    GOOD MOVE ATLAST..HOW FAR CAN HE TAKE FROM HERE.. WAIT AND WATCH..

  • theswami on October 12, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    Razzaq should be made his deputy ... another senior who made immense contributions but was sidelined

  • klobania on October 12, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    @ Ravi_BOpaRa wake up man i think u r used to day dreaming man forget abt bangla, afghan or zimbabwe pak is capable of beating india any day at any ground with any captain first go n find genuine pacer n international level umpire frm ur billions of population then comment abt pak's capabilities. i cant understand when we pak pple have no problem with captaincy of misbah then why indian fans making fuss out of it. may be they r afraid of misbah n co.. go n celebrate sachin's double ton who is only flat pitches first innings bully.

  • on October 12, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    I am a Sri Lanken supporter and great Global cricket lover as well. I admire the maturity level and calmness showed by Misba during his short instinct at international level. As Lawson said he should have been given the opportunity at least after Malik's removal.. However, I can say the mover is good and brave but also Pakistan should try settling all the internal dispute and try to bring all the best players to the playing 11 as soon as possible. For me the country has the best talent pool in the world but mediocre administration has failed to provide the adequate support to reach to the top.

  • Joji_ on October 12, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    @ RAVI_BOPARA : Keep on dreaming mate.. keep on dreaming!! lolz

  • on October 12, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    Squad for the best pakistan team 1. Kamran Akaml 2. Imran Nazir 3. MOhammad Yousuf 4. Younis Khan 5. Shoaib Malik 6. Sahid Afridi (cpt) 7. MIsbah UL Haq 8. Abdul RAzzaq 9.Sahid Ajmal 10. Umar Gul 11. Shoaib Akhtar

  • on October 12, 2010, 3:19 GMT

    the strong team would b 4 t 20 n odis Imran nazir,mohammad yousuf, shaid afridi, abdul razzaq, umar akmal, misba ul haq, sahid ajmal, umar gul, wicket kipper, fawad alam, shoaib akhtar..........

  • Indus11 on October 12, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    @Ravi_Bopara. You make it sound as though there is something wrong with that. Should new comers not be rewarded with high accolade for achievement? If we worried about lesser nations beating older established ones - where would Sri Lanka fit today ? If you look at where they are in ICC Rankings - and compare their potion with that - say - of England - do you not think they are deserving of that position and is cricket not better for it? Also have you seen how far England had dropped and how they have worked to make a come back and in the process has there not been some of the most fantastic cricket from England ? Pakistan's decline is good for cricket in general as it encourages them all to do well. Pakistan will in turn have to wake up - as have England - and make necessary changes to their management and structure if they are to become a force again - just look at England and their achievements for the last 5 years and remember where they were in 1992 - when they were crying losers

  • Nujee on October 12, 2010, 1:45 GMT

    For all the people (especially indian fans!!) calling pakistan cricket a joke......i am an indian and might i point out that pakistans future in cricket is vwery important to the survival of the game as a whole because this country has generated some of the greatest players in history and without them the game wont be as exciting as it is right now. Give them a chance and lets wish them all the best and stop being annnoying!!

  • Guduji71 on October 12, 2010, 1:18 GMT

    I don't agree with RAVI BOPARA's comment. You need to get your facts right, man. I hop Misbah is as successful as Inzimam was. Pakistan has beaten England and Australia in last couple of months in test matches not on dead home pitches but in Engalnd's seaming and swing situations.Bangladesh and Afghanistan can not think of it in near future. I wish good luck for Bangladesh and Afghanistan. I wish they beat india in near future. But your comments about Pakistan are based on hate not on facts. Come on the world is changing. Let us treat everone fairly and nicely.

  • Philip_Gnana on October 11, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    Lawson surely knows more about the Misbah_ul-Haq than the rest of us. We should recognise his opinion and judgement. It high time cricket lovers in Pakistan give their team a break. Do not expect miracles. They need time to rebuild and will surely deliver in the long run. New Malden, Surrey

  • on October 11, 2010, 22:02 GMT

    Why us Pakistanis are so obsessed by age. Its just a number afterall, how does it matter if the player is performing well enough. Most of our players mis-report their ages anyway.

  • RAVI_BOPARA on October 11, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    FIRST IT WAS INZAMAM-UL-HAQ, NOW THEY HAVE MISBAH-UL-HAQ.... I CAN ONLY SEE PAKISTAN GOING DOWNHILL, AND TEAMS LIKE BANGLADESH, ZIMBABWE AND EVEN AFGHANISTAN WILL BE BEATING THEM!!!!

  • manasvi_lingam on October 11, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    If Misbah performs as a player then he can play on as captain/non-captain/whatever. Look at Jayasuria, the man played till he was nearly 41 and even now he still hasn't retired. Form and fitness are temporary and class is permanent. But, I believe that Younis Khan was the better captain, he won the T20 WC and did very well as captain.

  • svinodmenon on October 11, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    I think this is the best possible captain for pakistan. With no team how do you guys pick a captain that too young, everyone said to young coming in and playing a selfish game. I believe none of the playing 11 will have a go at the next match. So no question of the form of Misbah. He is a better than anyone in the current team, this yousf should retire, he is so selfish. Even Youns is not very talanted to be praised a lot. The last reputed batsman i saw in Pak cricket is Inzamam. After that none of the Pak players doesn't know the word consistency. Don't relay on Young team, the yong ones has to perform or they should show some consistency.

  • on October 11, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    My test team for pak against south africa will be:1 Taufeeq umar 2 imran nazir/mohammad hafeez, 3 younis khan, 4 mohammad yousuf, 5 umar akmal, 6 misbah 7 zulqarnian haider, 8 razzaq, 9 ajmal, 10 umar gul, 11 shoaib akthar..... razzaq should be named as captain and misbah as vice captain !!!!

  • ali.majaz on October 11, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    Misbah is the best Player ..he is cool under pressure.. and very controlled while leading.. He is the best option for Pakistan he has always been...

  • on October 11, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    Excellent article. Misbah is certainly the best cricket brain of current Pakistan Squad.

  • ahmednaveed on October 11, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    Most of the people have concerns about his batting performance . But as per my experience ,he always has been underutilized and victomized by other group of players in the team , he alway sent on lowest order and mostly his position was rotated in the team ,Like what is Afridi is doing with Razzaq ,he is best T-20 player but Afirdi just to secure his own position as all rounder ,he always under utilizing the Razzaq .Same happened with Misbah , He is determined ,sensible ,well groomed ,educated and most important he is fighter player can fight till last ball. Currently is good choice .

  • Rajesh. on October 11, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    Pakistan should consider making " IJAZ BUTT " the captain......... at least there will be no one with the powers to strip him of captaincy !!

  • Larkins110 on October 11, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    I don't see it as an age issue. I think he is a good choice even at 36 so long a he retains form. Gooch was 36 in 1989 when he was appointed to lead the tour to the West Indies. There are other precedents.

  • banglafan on October 11, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    I am 100 percent behind Misbah. Let's hope its the beginning of the end of Pakistan's cricketing woes.

  • h4haseeb on October 11, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    i agree with Lawson, Misbah has shown his talent when he made a comeback 3 years ago... Misbah was superb alongwith Shoaib Malik at that time, and stats prove that... look above the Misbah's stats at that time and check Malik's stats as a Captain... i personally believe Lawson, Shoaib Malik(then captain) & Misbah were not treated fairly at that time and were sacked by the PCB because of poor show of team against Sri-Lanka...and that's where problems started for Pakistan Cricket team...because after working hard when somebody dont gets the reward which he should deserve then it sets the precedent for others not to work hard and you will automatically get the chance when team doesnot perform without taking into account the root cause of the poor show, wheather the team lost cuz of capability of Captain or wheather the team lost cuz of other players like Younis by deleberately underperforming to undermine the Captain, and look where we are now, just player politics and controversies

  • ejsiddiqui on October 11, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Captain at 36 seems weired but I think he was the best available choice.

    His background suggest him as Analytical, thought full and well educated person (MBA). Which our team direly needs.

  • on October 11, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    msibah is best captan in domestic but how he manage in test level beacuse he is noot sure that he ll retain his place as a player in futur

  • on October 11, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    Pakistan is running out of captains!! if Misbah fails then should we go for the guy who brings in the drinks???

  • John_Raj_Mohammad_Singh on October 11, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    Alright, I'm taking bets. How long is this one gonna stay before he gets into a scandal or "retires" lol. I say 3 months. Any other takers? Next captain: Umar Akmal ...baaaahahahahhaha Pakistan cricket is a joke

  • Himayun on October 11, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    Lawson being a foreigner and a neutral observer having no vested interst at this time is basically right. Compared to the illetrate Mafia that was in charge and ruining the team he is the only educated man.

    The higher education does improve a person and gives him a scientific thinking and approach, not the emotional knee jerk response of the corrupt gang of players. Even though this appointment is a little bit too late but we cannot do any worse!

    A Paksitani who has lived in the US for more than 3 decades I see things from out of the box. I fail to understand why the nation still favors the players who were found with cash in their rooms and the video does not lie. Of couse they threw no balls the way the video predicted. In any other country they would be in jail and their lill gotten assets confiscated. However, in Pakistan all the justices are too busy in political cases.

    Himayun Mirza, USA

  • on October 11, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    I agree with Azeem Akhtar. Lawson is such a nice person and speaks mostly good things about Pakistan cricket. Love u Lawson!

  • kzia on October 11, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    I am not sure how should I react on the appointment of Misbah as captain. I think only concern more than age is his batting form. One thing he is missing in his batting is rotating the strike. He is a kind of batsman who has technique called bock and hit only. He either blocks the ball or hit it which is a kind of tape ball technique. He should have improved it long time before but it seems its his natural style. Anyway, if I look at the current team players, I am not sure who else could be the person to do this role. May be we need to support him if he could do some good at the last stage of his career. One thing we all need to realise is that we need some patriotic and honest players who just play for their country and its pride and I regard Sachin Tendulkar as the best in this sense that he always played for his country and never found in any controversies. I think our players need to learn from him. Good luck to Pakistan and We will support our team as We always did, good or bad.

  • on October 11, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    why younis khan as caption he has some atituted problem with player which is bad for team so dont bother him to bring back misbah is also a surprising choice but at the time i think we dont have any choice .....lets try one more man may be it will work ....i always supporting my pakistan team

  • Yassar on October 11, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    I think the reason most people are suprised with this move is because of Misbah's age. Regardless of how good a cricketing brain and captaincy qualities a individual posseses unless her performs by making runs or taking wickets he simply will not be doing his job as a member of the team. And as the above article highlights Misbah is not exactly setting the world alight and his age will factor in his reaction times, which are magnified at the highest level I think if he was to become captain then he should have been made so when Younis originally declined it after Inzamam retired. I think at Misbah's age giving him the captaincy serves no purpose. I'd rather it was given to a younger guy to grown into. The board have to earmark some young talent to lead the team...there needs to be a long term strategy in place. Does not look like it though!

  • on October 11, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    completly agree with lawson he has got the brains along with shoaib malik in pakistan team. as far his age is concerned i am pretty sure afridi is no younger than misbah.. misbah is the only player in current pakistan squad who has mentioned right age on his papers while other pakistanis show themselves atleast 5 years younger than wat they actually are actually..plus for me he still iz the fittest players among other pakistanis..he runs well between the wickets, he fields well, has got good pair of hands for catching..

  • on October 11, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    I agree with Azeem and Sahil, Ijaz Butt treated him like crap when he become chairman, but I have yet to year Lawson say anything bad about Pakistani cricket. Back to Misbah, I dont think many oppose this assignment however at 36 what kind of impact can he make and a bigger question for how long?

  • abdullah_vohra on October 11, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    Lawson is praising every captain PCB has appointed in the last three years

  • on October 11, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is a circus!

  • Wasif_Minhas on October 11, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    Osman we are cricket lovers and Pakistan is our national side so we have to support our team, we can't stop ourselves from watching cricket even if PCB and our team do nothing to amuse us. We, the fans are bearing the brunt of PCB's decisions and we will continue to do so while the officials and players enjoy the bounties.

  • on October 11, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    I love you Lawson .. Pakistan Cricket Board didnt do any good with you and you still favor us so much .. :)

  • Apache_Indian on October 11, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    Hmmm sounds good for Pakistan; Will be interesting to see his patience and field placings in Test matches. Looking forward to the series !

  • asadkum on October 11, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA..........

    Pak management had very little option to choose the Cap. ?? He did well during the Lawson regime only....but after that ---------- Player of age 36 with poor form ?????????? very surprise to see him as a captain !!! Is this for the time being ??????

    I do not know what's wrong with the management about Younis !!!!!

    Anyway, Good Luck !!!!!!!!!

  • on October 11, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Agree with Lawson. I am sure, had it not been for the death of Woolmer, even he would have advocated this fellow as captain. A good perosn who has not been involved in any kind of issues whatsoever and seems to have the temperament to lead a side,unlike Younis Khan.

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  • on October 11, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Agree with Lawson. I am sure, had it not been for the death of Woolmer, even he would have advocated this fellow as captain. A good perosn who has not been involved in any kind of issues whatsoever and seems to have the temperament to lead a side,unlike Younis Khan.

  • asadkum on October 11, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA..........

    Pak management had very little option to choose the Cap. ?? He did well during the Lawson regime only....but after that ---------- Player of age 36 with poor form ?????????? very surprise to see him as a captain !!! Is this for the time being ??????

    I do not know what's wrong with the management about Younis !!!!!

    Anyway, Good Luck !!!!!!!!!

  • Apache_Indian on October 11, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    Hmmm sounds good for Pakistan; Will be interesting to see his patience and field placings in Test matches. Looking forward to the series !

  • on October 11, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    I love you Lawson .. Pakistan Cricket Board didnt do any good with you and you still favor us so much .. :)

  • Wasif_Minhas on October 11, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    Osman we are cricket lovers and Pakistan is our national side so we have to support our team, we can't stop ourselves from watching cricket even if PCB and our team do nothing to amuse us. We, the fans are bearing the brunt of PCB's decisions and we will continue to do so while the officials and players enjoy the bounties.

  • on October 11, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is a circus!

  • abdullah_vohra on October 11, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    Lawson is praising every captain PCB has appointed in the last three years

  • on October 11, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    I agree with Azeem and Sahil, Ijaz Butt treated him like crap when he become chairman, but I have yet to year Lawson say anything bad about Pakistani cricket. Back to Misbah, I dont think many oppose this assignment however at 36 what kind of impact can he make and a bigger question for how long?

  • on October 11, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    completly agree with lawson he has got the brains along with shoaib malik in pakistan team. as far his age is concerned i am pretty sure afridi is no younger than misbah.. misbah is the only player in current pakistan squad who has mentioned right age on his papers while other pakistanis show themselves atleast 5 years younger than wat they actually are actually..plus for me he still iz the fittest players among other pakistanis..he runs well between the wickets, he fields well, has got good pair of hands for catching..

  • Yassar on October 11, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    I think the reason most people are suprised with this move is because of Misbah's age. Regardless of how good a cricketing brain and captaincy qualities a individual posseses unless her performs by making runs or taking wickets he simply will not be doing his job as a member of the team. And as the above article highlights Misbah is not exactly setting the world alight and his age will factor in his reaction times, which are magnified at the highest level I think if he was to become captain then he should have been made so when Younis originally declined it after Inzamam retired. I think at Misbah's age giving him the captaincy serves no purpose. I'd rather it was given to a younger guy to grown into. The board have to earmark some young talent to lead the team...there needs to be a long term strategy in place. Does not look like it though!