Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd Test, Dubai, 4th day October 26, 2013

Misbah questions Pakistan's domestic set-up

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Misbah-ul-Haq, understandably, spends a lot of his time in front of the media explaining that not being able to play international cricket at home has adversely affected the Pakistan team. After their defeat in Dubai - a first for them at this venue - he went even further and questioned whether a more rigorous domestic set-up is also needed for them to thrive in conditions which suit them already.

"It may be due to the first-class system. If you are coming through a tough first-class system, playing really tough teams, facing tough bowlers and batsmen, it automatically comes when you play competitive cricket," he said. "Otherwise, if you are in an easy competition, when you are playing top sides, you will struggle. We must make our first class more competitive. That is why we are not mentally strong."

Pakistan's domestic season had not started before this series was played, although they played warm-up matches before leaving for the UAE, but it is a competition in which matches are often shorter than four-days and five-wicket hauls are not uncommon. If it is impacting on members of the international team, then it could explain why their inconsistencies in the batting department, which ultimately cost them a series win against another world No.1.

After scoring 442 in the first innings of the first Test, Pakistan looked a completely different side when they were bundled out for 99 on the first day in Dubai. Misbah knew that innings had cost his side the series.

"We are disappointed given the conditions here," he said. Before the series Misbah made special mention of how his batsmen would be better on these surfaces than they were in Zimbabwe and South Africa because the pitches suited their style of play. Graeme Smith noted Pakistan's batsmen are "far more comfortable with less pace and bounce that they have here."

Still, Pakistan managed to fold in the first innings and slump to 2 for 2 in the second, raising questions about their top-order that were thought to be on their way to being answered after their showing in Abu Dhabi. Khurram Manzoor followed up his century with a pair and Shan Masood made one start and then a duck to ensure the uncertainty in the top two, which has been a long-running issue in Pakistan cricket, exacerbated by Mohammad Hafeez's loss of form, continues.

Instead of looking elsewhere, though, Misbah wants some continuity. "If you keep changing things, it doesn't help. Opening is one of the toughest jobs. You need some experience. Even the best players struggle sometimes. You just need to be patient," he said. "To keep on changing the openers is not the solution. These guys need to learn. They need more chances to understand what Test cricket is."

If they had that, and the grounding from their domestic game, Misbah believes 99 all out could have been avoided and the session that lost Pakistan the Test may never have been. "It was just one session and if we could reverse that then that thing that is associated with us, that we are just so bad in one hour and one session, would not hurt us. We want to improve on that in future. We don't want these sorts of sessions. We need more character, otherwise ups and downs can really hurt the team."

As South Africa showed in their innings and Pakistan did in their second attempt, the pitch in Dubai had runs in it throughout the game. It also had appreciable turn, which Pakistan's spinners were never able to exploit by having a target to defend. Misbah believed even a lead under of 200 could have given Pakistan a chance. "If we had something of 150 or 200 runs in the last innings, the kind of patches and rough on the pitch, the kind of spinners we have, it could have been very interesting."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Chaudry_Cricket on October 30, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Finally someone agrees with me that our domestic cricket is a farce to say the least, there are too many teams, flat tracks etc in our domestic cricket.

    We should drop regional cricket and split it up into Sind, Punjab, NWF, Balochistan, Azad Kashmir and Islamabad. This way you have less teams and more quality. We should get international curators to help us make fast and bouncy pitches, some rank turners so we are able to identify who is worth investing in and who is not. We should invest in a lot of club cricket and school cricket a NCA should be set up in every state. This will improve our cricket tenfolds.

  • mzm149 on October 28, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    No doubt weak domestic setup is the main reason for Pakistan's poor performance but there are other factors as well which should be taken into account. Favoritism towards certain players, dropping in form players for no good reason, quota players of certain cities, bringing in failed players again and again in hope that they will change their technique overnight, persisting with senior players even if they fail continuously, fear of trying youngsters are some of the points which come to mind.

  • gujratwalla on October 28, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Misbah is right to an extent.There has never been a shortage of talent in Pakistan but we do not have the advanced,responsible and unbiased ccoaching and selection system in the provinces.Many gifted young players are ignored because they come from the less affluent social society.An example of this is the coninued selection of the Akmal clan,Imran Farhat,Hafeez etc .In the present time there is need for more combative domestic cricket and frankly this can be achieved if the financial rewards are there.Misbah does not have many years of cricket left and Younis is sadly a spent force.I was very dismayed at the way he got out in this test in both innings.Azhar Ali has talent so has Shafiq but i would like to call back Umar Akmal to the Test side and say good bye to Younis.Or he should go by himself by now to avoid further disgrace.

  • Tellthetruth on October 28, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    I just have to say one thing: please bring in Sami Aslam in the ODI squad. He is the future of Pakistan cricket.

  • likeintcricket on October 28, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    I have predicted that Pakistan will find it difficult to handle SA in the remaining Test. SA has a very good coaching staff and they found the right line to bowl to rookie openers. Azhar is in hopelessly bad form and Younis was just not into playing a Test inning after his ouster from limited overs game. We also have longest tail of all the test playing nations. You just cannot bet against SA when you only have one good batsman in your rank. I wasn't giving them much chances after Zimbabwae's tour and first test win was a big surprise. But loosing to lower rank teams on any type of wickets suggest that there is something wrong. I think their only option is to work on Nasir Jamshed, Umer Akmal ,Ahmad Shehzad and Azhar Ali. These batsman have some issues with their technique but they can handle both the fast and spin bowling and make runs quickly.

  • lali23 on October 28, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Lack of professionalism of pakistan is always a big question ,Pakitani player was not playing on South African Pitch ,,so why all team collapse just on 99?? they play through-out the years on these kind of pitches, But we must admire South Africa how they come back after 1st test defeat, they adjust very well ,manzoor must learn from smith to how convert 130 runs to 200 and shan also learn performing in 1 match is not enough, younis must understand his responsibilty , we see miracles just in Inzamam, waseem ,waqar, miandad & Imran,s era.Expecting miracles from these kind of unprofessional cricketers is a childish dream. Al we see was a display of professionalism of S.A and unprofessional behavior of Pak.

  • on October 28, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    @imran mujtaba; i think you have serious statistics issue, if you look at the score all other are doing and compare it with Misbah, even a blind person can judge. He is the only one who consistently performing in the team. He is Highest ODI runn getter And also highest Test runs in 2013.

  • yeh_cheezzz on October 28, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    @imaranmujtaba Misbah was the one who did perform in the first test and He was the lone reason why we won the series against west indies in west indies

  • Fogu on October 27, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    Imran Mujtaba has no clue. Without Misbah, this team would lose majority of the games. I do not understand some PK fans. Instead of appreciating Misbah, who is a class act, they denigrate him. Misbah has a point. With the political situation and no home test,PK team will suffer. PK has good players but if the situation does not change, gradually PK standards will go down. Any team in the world will be happy to have Misbah.

  • PAK_CricFan on October 27, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    i am not defending the anyone on the issue of Pakistan selection of Shan & Umer Amin but i think most of us are not aware of this fact that Shan was selected as he studies n played in england leagues so they thought he can play SA pace attack well but this is yet to see that he is good enough for test level or not. Umer Amin is really coming out of our domestic system a player of RWP/ISL where tracks are really good for fast bowling and most importantly he was among the top run getter of last season for that reason he was picked up in the national side another plus point that he in not that bad option in the middle order. Please guys dont start comparing players by copy pasting their Averages from player profile cos it cant show the complete story of their last or recent season form. Umar Amin is the one player who deserve this short. Shan will open against srilanka and adnan might loose his spot to sarfraz if he performs in SA ODIs.

  • Chaudry_Cricket on October 30, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Finally someone agrees with me that our domestic cricket is a farce to say the least, there are too many teams, flat tracks etc in our domestic cricket.

    We should drop regional cricket and split it up into Sind, Punjab, NWF, Balochistan, Azad Kashmir and Islamabad. This way you have less teams and more quality. We should get international curators to help us make fast and bouncy pitches, some rank turners so we are able to identify who is worth investing in and who is not. We should invest in a lot of club cricket and school cricket a NCA should be set up in every state. This will improve our cricket tenfolds.

  • mzm149 on October 28, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    No doubt weak domestic setup is the main reason for Pakistan's poor performance but there are other factors as well which should be taken into account. Favoritism towards certain players, dropping in form players for no good reason, quota players of certain cities, bringing in failed players again and again in hope that they will change their technique overnight, persisting with senior players even if they fail continuously, fear of trying youngsters are some of the points which come to mind.

  • gujratwalla on October 28, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Misbah is right to an extent.There has never been a shortage of talent in Pakistan but we do not have the advanced,responsible and unbiased ccoaching and selection system in the provinces.Many gifted young players are ignored because they come from the less affluent social society.An example of this is the coninued selection of the Akmal clan,Imran Farhat,Hafeez etc .In the present time there is need for more combative domestic cricket and frankly this can be achieved if the financial rewards are there.Misbah does not have many years of cricket left and Younis is sadly a spent force.I was very dismayed at the way he got out in this test in both innings.Azhar Ali has talent so has Shafiq but i would like to call back Umar Akmal to the Test side and say good bye to Younis.Or he should go by himself by now to avoid further disgrace.

  • Tellthetruth on October 28, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    I just have to say one thing: please bring in Sami Aslam in the ODI squad. He is the future of Pakistan cricket.

  • likeintcricket on October 28, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    I have predicted that Pakistan will find it difficult to handle SA in the remaining Test. SA has a very good coaching staff and they found the right line to bowl to rookie openers. Azhar is in hopelessly bad form and Younis was just not into playing a Test inning after his ouster from limited overs game. We also have longest tail of all the test playing nations. You just cannot bet against SA when you only have one good batsman in your rank. I wasn't giving them much chances after Zimbabwae's tour and first test win was a big surprise. But loosing to lower rank teams on any type of wickets suggest that there is something wrong. I think their only option is to work on Nasir Jamshed, Umer Akmal ,Ahmad Shehzad and Azhar Ali. These batsman have some issues with their technique but they can handle both the fast and spin bowling and make runs quickly.

  • lali23 on October 28, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Lack of professionalism of pakistan is always a big question ,Pakitani player was not playing on South African Pitch ,,so why all team collapse just on 99?? they play through-out the years on these kind of pitches, But we must admire South Africa how they come back after 1st test defeat, they adjust very well ,manzoor must learn from smith to how convert 130 runs to 200 and shan also learn performing in 1 match is not enough, younis must understand his responsibilty , we see miracles just in Inzamam, waseem ,waqar, miandad & Imran,s era.Expecting miracles from these kind of unprofessional cricketers is a childish dream. Al we see was a display of professionalism of S.A and unprofessional behavior of Pak.

  • on October 28, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    @imran mujtaba; i think you have serious statistics issue, if you look at the score all other are doing and compare it with Misbah, even a blind person can judge. He is the only one who consistently performing in the team. He is Highest ODI runn getter And also highest Test runs in 2013.

  • yeh_cheezzz on October 28, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    @imaranmujtaba Misbah was the one who did perform in the first test and He was the lone reason why we won the series against west indies in west indies

  • Fogu on October 27, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    Imran Mujtaba has no clue. Without Misbah, this team would lose majority of the games. I do not understand some PK fans. Instead of appreciating Misbah, who is a class act, they denigrate him. Misbah has a point. With the political situation and no home test,PK team will suffer. PK has good players but if the situation does not change, gradually PK standards will go down. Any team in the world will be happy to have Misbah.

  • PAK_CricFan on October 27, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    i am not defending the anyone on the issue of Pakistan selection of Shan & Umer Amin but i think most of us are not aware of this fact that Shan was selected as he studies n played in england leagues so they thought he can play SA pace attack well but this is yet to see that he is good enough for test level or not. Umer Amin is really coming out of our domestic system a player of RWP/ISL where tracks are really good for fast bowling and most importantly he was among the top run getter of last season for that reason he was picked up in the national side another plus point that he in not that bad option in the middle order. Please guys dont start comparing players by copy pasting their Averages from player profile cos it cant show the complete story of their last or recent season form. Umar Amin is the one player who deserve this short. Shan will open against srilanka and adnan might loose his spot to sarfraz if he performs in SA ODIs.

  • EngineerKhan on October 27, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    So recipe of Excuses is simple: When you get defeated in 1st test of SA tour, blame it on lack of bouncy tracks in Pakistan, when you lose the series, blame it on FTP and lack of playing back in Pakistan. After the 1st Test win, Misbah was "taking pride in his team's UAE record" and when they failed in their "Dubai Fortress" as well, leave everything aside and blame the Domestic Cricket altogether.

    Can there be any explanation/excuse in the world for getting bundled for 99 on this Highway?? and that too including 5 wickets to a guy like Imran Tahir. Come on!! Guys like Tahir aren't part of even 2nd string XI teams in Pakistan

  • on October 27, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    what is he talking the system in place has produced a whole set of players and is still producing - we should accept that present our team's abilities are limited and results will be far and wide

  • Prasanna_310 on October 27, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    What is it with Misbah's picture of this article. I mean com'on, this is a serious topic. Couldn't you guys with cameras of thousands of dollars could not get one good picture? For goodness sake, Misbah nearly cries every time his team loses and still you don't have a picture that captures the mood of the article?

  • Prasanna_310 on October 27, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Select capable batsmen if you want to keep persisting with them. Why would you want to persist with batsman of 1st class average 34, when all he score was in one inning, that too with most runs off the edge of his bat.

  • Prasanna_310 on October 27, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    If you preach continued selection of opening batsmen, why was Nasir Jamshed not persisted with?

  • on October 27, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    besides the setup i think the mentality has to change i mean if you look at the 2nd innings when misbah and asad were going good pakistan should have thought about saving the match when misbah got out they just totally lost hope . the tailenders started throwing their wickets asad shafiq also did not farm the strike as if they had already accepted defeat. dont they know the history of cricket? miracles do happen what if asad kept fighting for a double hundred and on the other end the tailenders just helped him and hung around with him they did not even try.

  • imranmujtaba on October 27, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    Misbah should question his captaincy tactic and poor bowling changes. when he need to tuk tuk he threw away his wicket. He has impacted whole team morale... he does not have any respect in team because Pakistan always loses when he is busy thinking about his avg. - 9 out of 10 times pak lost when Misbah performed and 9 out of 10 time pak won when Misbah has not performed.... So, Misbah should question his place in the team. he is blocking place for other youngester, Umar, Asad, Shoaib, Fawad must be playing at number 4/5 before they become useless.

  • balajik1968 on October 27, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    Perhaps Misbah has a point. He has done well as captain, marshalled his resources quite well, and seems to be a man who knows what he is talking about. Pakistan seriously needs to look into what this man has to say. Maybe it is a long haul, but Pakistan needs to do it. As does India. While the IPL is providing some players with economic security, it has not brought forth any new talent. Ranji is still doing that. India needs to seriously make domestic cricket more competitive.

  • on October 27, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    Current and past Pakistan great batsmen have very good 1st class averages. Miandad - 53.37 ::: Zaheer Abbas - 51.54 ::: Hanif Mohamed - 52.32 ::: Inzamam - 50.10 ::: Mohamed Yosuf - 47.96 ::: Saeed Anwar - 45.19 ::: Younis Khan - 49.90. How can we expect from low 1st average batsmen become a great player in international level. So give chances to very consistent 1st class batsmen to find future pakistan great batsmen. Fawad Alam - 55.91 ::: Haris Sohail - 51.51 ::: Umar Akmal - 48.94 ::: Sohaib Maqsood - 51.81 ::: Usman Salahuddin - 47.40 and there are lot of batsmen around 45 averages in 1st class level. Giving enough chances to these players pakistan can find few great batsmen easily rather than giving chances to very ordinary batsmen with low averages.

  • on October 27, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    Yes our domestic cricket needs to improve but so does the selection. Shan Masood and Umer Amin have mediocre averages in domestic cricket - how do you define their selection?

    The below players have much better averages then these two:

    1) Shoib Maqsood (50) 2) Fawad Alam (52) 3) Umer Akmal (48) 4) Nasir Jamshed (44) 5) Ahmed Shahzad (44)

    When you have the above, how do you justify the selection of the below players:

    1) Shan Masood (32) 2) Umer Amin (38)

    It has been proven that players with high domestic averages mostly go on to perform well in international cricket. Younis Khan had an ave close to 50 when he came in and so did Misbah - they both went on to maintain that in international cricket. If you are going to pick mediocre players then the end result will also be mediocre.

    Pakistani Batting line up according to me: 1) Ahmed Shahzad, 2) Nasir Jamshed, 3) Asad Shafiq, 4, Y Khan, 5) Misbah, 6) U.Akmal, 7) A. Akmal or M. Rizwan,

    Keep these in the squad: F. Alam, S. Maqsood

  • dharsanti on October 27, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    Pakistan domestic cricket has been weak forever and will remain week. Misbah needs to take Imran's approach, finding raw talent and working hard with them

  • SyedAreYouDumb on October 27, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    I want international cricket back to Pakistan and atleast Misbah can captain Pakistan in a match in Pakistan before he retires.

  • roook on October 26, 2013, 21:21 GMT

    Our top order is highly inexperience azhar ali lacks footworks he always plays on backfoot and was exploited by steyn. We need atleast one senior batsman in top three to negotiate new ball. Muhammad Yousuf was the best pakistan ever get and why PCB is so reluctant to use inzamam and muhammed yousuf as batting consultant. Pakistan has always performed well under local coaches this is the fact we believe it or not.

    We are currently the most inexperienced team only younis has played more than 50 test matches. On paper you cannot compare both teams amla, smith, kalis, AB de Villiers, steyn but still we draw with south africa is still a achievment in itslef

  • roook on October 26, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    All test teams go with wicket keeper batsman england prior, sri lanka sangakara, south Africa AB de Villiers. Adnan akmal has worst batting average among all even bangladesh and zimbadwe have batter wicket keepers/batsman. We changed around 5-4 wicket keeper for last four years. AB de Villiers did not drop a single one in the whole series akmal is not getting run and dropping catches

    Our tails start after 5 down and we have worst tail ender ever. Jundaid khan averages 3, Irfan 6, Ajmal 12. I do not expect tail to bats but should provide some resistance like austraila did in Ashes even their no 11 can bat. Wasim Akram, azhar mahmood both bat well.

  • CherryWood_Champion on October 26, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    Asad, should be made to bat at one or two down positions. He is capable of stemming the quick one or two fall of wickets, which unfortunately has become a regular anomaly for Pakistan batting. We have rarely seen a good opening partnership since Sohail/Saeed times.

  • on October 26, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Yea Imran BUSH is right answer to that ; Why suddenly finger is pointing every direction but not towards Misbah . He as a captain of the ship guided Pakistan a major win over world number one almost gave them an inning defeat.

    What is this ? . Has cricket became a joke oe waht?. First SA was facing innings defeat now now Pakistan has been beaten by inning defeat, is this not a joke or what?. I cannot believe Misbah is blaming defeat on all kind of othe problems and domestic problems. He himself was back in the pavillion when they scored 99. so why not he talks about his own training. There is one possibility that I can think that South Africa has used Voodoo in the second test on Pakistan team which turned them into almost into stone and thats why SA they are number one Voodoo team , They using on every team . Voodoo must be declared illegal Woof Woof !!!! I cannot take this anymore !!!!! I am just a human where are these inning defeats are coming from?

  • on October 26, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    yes the questions arises when your young players dont perform. most of older and experience players perform. but there is another reason and that is the selection. the selection should be done on domestic performers. So top performers should come in. Over here we have many ifs on many of the selected players. Adnan Akmal is not the top keeper batsman in domestic circuit. same is the case with shaan masood he is way down in the list of domestic performing openers. Umar amin is another example. his domestic stats are way down the list.

    they may be talented but what is the criteria of selection? if a player is not that good at a problematic domestic structure then it will be rare case if he will be good at intl level which is often thought to be twice hard than domestic level.

    I think domestic system has problems but selection has also got some problems.

  • on October 26, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    How much worse could it get if they bring back Yousuf Youhana ?

    I think they should experiment with opening with Misbah and Hafeez in tests, and bring back Youhana

    Misbah, Hafeez, Youhana, Younis and Razzaq their first five.

    Umar Akmal is a must too, I like the fight he has in him.

    Babar, Rehman and Ajmal as spin option

    Irfan, Junaid, Riaz, Gul, Md Amir the pacers

  • on October 26, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    @ Imran.Bush on (October 26, 2013, 16:22 GMT) Because your deficiencies and mistakes become more evident when you are losing. Though I agree they should look upon their mistakes even when they are wining. However If they don't solve the problem where it starts i.e. domestic system how could they solve it?

  • imranmujtaba on October 26, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Mr. Tuk Tuk failed when he was most needed. Again his performance does not take pakistan anywhere except ended up on a losing side. He should have gone to Abdul Razzaq to learn how to block in test game on flat wicket..... 9 out of 10 games Pakistan lost when Misbah performed - right from T20 WC final against India till last test - he appears as a curse for Pak team. Pakistan team Always win when someelse performs in the team like Kurram in last test.

    Asad Shafiq played well and he always played when he get a chance to play with top 5-6 batsmen.

  • PAK_CricFan on October 26, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    I agree with Misbah bcos if we look at the first couple of days of our on going domestic competition as many teams get out less than 200 in which most of teams didnt score 150 in their both innings that shows the flaw.PCB just need to use a good ball in domestic matches and improve pitches all over the country as for this year all the regional teams are mostly playing in home conditions which will affect the batting problem more as for pitches in sindh & KPK are flat and favors batting where we ll see batsmen score runs with no real test to their skills where else in Punjab pitches supportive for both batsmen n bowlers but we'll see batsmen in punjab getting low scores as the (grace) ball gives bowlers a great edge with hard n better seam than international balls by more swing n bounce. PCB needs to make sure tht all teams play equal matches on different pitches with (near to or) international quality balls.Also in sindh/KPK there must be supportive pitches.

  • on October 26, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Asad batted well... He often bats with tale, but whenever he plays with Misbah, Younas or even with Azhar, he gets runs..

  • Ray24 on October 26, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Well played Misbah and Asad Shafiq - hopefully Asad doesn't need to prove that he is good and will be given a longer run in tests.

  • Imran.Bush on October 26, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    I am still figure out why is it when a team loses a test match, the easy reason to find for the loss is by blaming the cricket system? Pakistan won the first test and there were no comments on the domestic system. Now that they have suffered a massive defeat then all the talks of the domestic system comes up. The players and the team need to stand up and take the blame for this abject performance. After all, it was the same opponents you beat up only a week ago or so.

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  • Imran.Bush on October 26, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    I am still figure out why is it when a team loses a test match, the easy reason to find for the loss is by blaming the cricket system? Pakistan won the first test and there were no comments on the domestic system. Now that they have suffered a massive defeat then all the talks of the domestic system comes up. The players and the team need to stand up and take the blame for this abject performance. After all, it was the same opponents you beat up only a week ago or so.

  • Ray24 on October 26, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Well played Misbah and Asad Shafiq - hopefully Asad doesn't need to prove that he is good and will be given a longer run in tests.

  • on October 26, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Asad batted well... He often bats with tale, but whenever he plays with Misbah, Younas or even with Azhar, he gets runs..

  • PAK_CricFan on October 26, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    I agree with Misbah bcos if we look at the first couple of days of our on going domestic competition as many teams get out less than 200 in which most of teams didnt score 150 in their both innings that shows the flaw.PCB just need to use a good ball in domestic matches and improve pitches all over the country as for this year all the regional teams are mostly playing in home conditions which will affect the batting problem more as for pitches in sindh & KPK are flat and favors batting where we ll see batsmen score runs with no real test to their skills where else in Punjab pitches supportive for both batsmen n bowlers but we'll see batsmen in punjab getting low scores as the (grace) ball gives bowlers a great edge with hard n better seam than international balls by more swing n bounce. PCB needs to make sure tht all teams play equal matches on different pitches with (near to or) international quality balls.Also in sindh/KPK there must be supportive pitches.

  • imranmujtaba on October 26, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Mr. Tuk Tuk failed when he was most needed. Again his performance does not take pakistan anywhere except ended up on a losing side. He should have gone to Abdul Razzaq to learn how to block in test game on flat wicket..... 9 out of 10 games Pakistan lost when Misbah performed - right from T20 WC final against India till last test - he appears as a curse for Pak team. Pakistan team Always win when someelse performs in the team like Kurram in last test.

    Asad Shafiq played well and he always played when he get a chance to play with top 5-6 batsmen.

  • on October 26, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    @ Imran.Bush on (October 26, 2013, 16:22 GMT) Because your deficiencies and mistakes become more evident when you are losing. Though I agree they should look upon their mistakes even when they are wining. However If they don't solve the problem where it starts i.e. domestic system how could they solve it?

  • on October 26, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    How much worse could it get if they bring back Yousuf Youhana ?

    I think they should experiment with opening with Misbah and Hafeez in tests, and bring back Youhana

    Misbah, Hafeez, Youhana, Younis and Razzaq their first five.

    Umar Akmal is a must too, I like the fight he has in him.

    Babar, Rehman and Ajmal as spin option

    Irfan, Junaid, Riaz, Gul, Md Amir the pacers

  • on October 26, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    yes the questions arises when your young players dont perform. most of older and experience players perform. but there is another reason and that is the selection. the selection should be done on domestic performers. So top performers should come in. Over here we have many ifs on many of the selected players. Adnan Akmal is not the top keeper batsman in domestic circuit. same is the case with shaan masood he is way down in the list of domestic performing openers. Umar amin is another example. his domestic stats are way down the list.

    they may be talented but what is the criteria of selection? if a player is not that good at a problematic domestic structure then it will be rare case if he will be good at intl level which is often thought to be twice hard than domestic level.

    I think domestic system has problems but selection has also got some problems.

  • on October 26, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Yea Imran BUSH is right answer to that ; Why suddenly finger is pointing every direction but not towards Misbah . He as a captain of the ship guided Pakistan a major win over world number one almost gave them an inning defeat.

    What is this ? . Has cricket became a joke oe waht?. First SA was facing innings defeat now now Pakistan has been beaten by inning defeat, is this not a joke or what?. I cannot believe Misbah is blaming defeat on all kind of othe problems and domestic problems. He himself was back in the pavillion when they scored 99. so why not he talks about his own training. There is one possibility that I can think that South Africa has used Voodoo in the second test on Pakistan team which turned them into almost into stone and thats why SA they are number one Voodoo team , They using on every team . Voodoo must be declared illegal Woof Woof !!!! I cannot take this anymore !!!!! I am just a human where are these inning defeats are coming from?

  • CherryWood_Champion on October 26, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    Asad, should be made to bat at one or two down positions. He is capable of stemming the quick one or two fall of wickets, which unfortunately has become a regular anomaly for Pakistan batting. We have rarely seen a good opening partnership since Sohail/Saeed times.