Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi October 24, 2011

'Our fielding let us down' - Mohsin

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Mohsin Khan, Pakistan's interim coach, has blamed his team's poor fielding for the draw in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan dropped six catches in Sri Lanka's second innings after taking a substantial lead, including one off double-centurion Kumar Sangakkara and one off Prasanna Jayawardene; the pair put on a match-saving 201-run stand.

"We were particularly good with both bat and ball in the first three days of the match, but our fielding let us down in the end," Mohsin told Pakpassion. "Catches are not dropped on purpose but we dropped some crucial catches at crucial times in the match and we suffered in the end due to those dropped catches."

Mohammad Hafeez spilled three chances in the slips. "We have five or six fielders who can field in the slip region, but some of these boys had minor injuries to their fingers and were unable to field in the slips for long periods, so we opted for a rotation policy in the slips.

"Taufeeq (Umar) was particularly troubled with a finger injury, which ruled him out of fielding in the slip cordon. Sometimes even the easiest of catches are dropped, that is cricket, but there is no excuse for dropping some of the catches."

Much was expected from offspinner Saeed Ajmal on the fourth and fifth days, but he ended up conceding 167 runs in 55 overs and took only one wicket. "There was only a little bit in it for the bowlers, but largely it was a flat pitch ideal for batting," Mohsin said. "The turn that Saeed extracted was slow and the bounce was low, which unfortunately didn't help him. If there had been a bit more pace and bounce in the pitch then Saeed would have been more effective. He bowled very well, he bowled his heart out, he gave his all but in the end the pitch negated his efforts."

Mohsin praised the pace attack comprising Umar Gul, Junaid Khan and Aizaz Cheema for dismissing Sri Lanka for 197 in the first innings on a flat pitch. "I have a lot of admiration for the efforts of young pace bowler Junaid Khan and for Aizaz Cheema. In the immense and, at times, unbearable heat, both of them bowled with great heart and effort in conditions that were very tough for quick bowlers.

"Umar [Gul] has a few minor niggles but it's nothing serious. We feel he is most effective bowling short spells when in good rhythm and it was his first international game back. His efforts in Abu Dhabi will give him a lot of confidence ahead of the remaining matches."

Pakistan were set a target of 170 in 21 overs, but they decided not to go for it. "We decided during the innings break that we would see what the approach from the opposition was," Mohsin said. "We wanted to see what sort of bowling and fielding tactics they were going to employ. Right from the first ball the Sri Lankans set a very defensive field, with men placed on the boundary right around the ground.

"The field set was within their rights of course, but we felt we didn't want to make a mess of things and go for the chase. It was a tough chase in any case, especially against Sri Lanka who are a good fielding side and have a steady bowling unit. We decided that given the field set, we would opt to bat out time."

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  • S.Alis on October 27, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    PCB Team management and team decision to not chase let everyone down. A cowardly decision. i lost all interest after 2 overs in last inning and stopped watching. felt like i wasted my time when there was a chance to win. i wonder what were you guys doing in five days when you don't have courage to try to win a match. At-least try for 10 overs and see the results, If you lose few wickets then just draw it. A professional team can't even survive another 10 overs? What a shame.

  • Aragorn_11 on October 25, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    I think Pakistan played well, for the first time, in A LONG TIME, they scored 400+ runs in an innings against a top international team, even declared and only the batsmen batted...yes the fielding let us down, no doubt ( probably would have won by an innings if we caught them!), but I have no problem with their tactics after being set 170 runs in 21 overs...I dont think I have ever come across a team who has done that in a Test match...look we're playing TEST CRICKET...and finally we have cricketers playing with a TEST MENTALITY...it's always been our problem...Akmal, Afridi, Razzaq and co should be used in shorter formats, come on even Afridi accepted this when he quit from Tests!

  • on October 25, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    i think PCb needs a complete overhaul. Its good that Mohsin khan was the coach as well. It clearly describes the mindset of selectors, as he is apparently the Chief selctor aswell. Its a pity that Pakistan cudnt take any advantage of the invention of T20. They cud have gone for it. pity big pity.

  • on October 25, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Pak team missed the chance in the first innings when they scored only 511 runs in over 2 days. Even when we had over 200 runs lead our batsmen did not go for quick runs. Asad shafiq scored only 26 of 94 balls and he came to bat at 436 for 4. I think this is were we let SL off the hook. IF Pak had scored more runs in the last 25 overs of their first innings then we would have been chasing under 100 in the last 21 overs.

  • on October 25, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    "Catches are not dropped on purpose but we dropped some crucial catches at crucial times in the match and we suffered in the end due to those dropped catches."

    1 miss catch is OK 2 miss catches could happen 3 miss catches, no one is perfect 6 miss catches? I see another probe coming down

  • on October 25, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    Oh this must be a joke!!! Does mohsin khan think we are kids!!! NO doubt that catches were a huge factor for us losing but STILL there is no reason to be soooo defensive to not even try to chase the total... Extremely dissappointed with the result... the blame goes mostly to Mohsin khan for throwing out umar akmal and selecting such a defensive side with such a negative approach to the game...

  • on October 25, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    it was not the fielding but the negative approach that let us down... the team management need to learn a lesson from the B'desh skipper how he declared when there is a possibility that the West Indies can win that test match

  • on October 25, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    we should not blame misbah entirly.I think the winning opportunity was lost coz of poor leadership of team management . if Misbah was too defensive ,where was Mr coach Mohsin who only know bully against young talented players like umer akmal.Mr Mohsin i have a question for you what will pakistan team do under your leadership and coaching in T20 when the opposite team will score 170 runs in 20 overs.Will you send team for batting or just give other team a victory by walking away. shame on you.

  • Hawk_Pk on October 24, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    "'Our fielding let us down' - Mohsin "I wonder what else for you were there...

  • on October 24, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    i think you guys dont know ABC of cricket,, how could you chase 171 in 21 overs in test match,,, i give you some facts,,, 1:- No Power Play In Test Cricket,,,2:- No Fielding Restrictions,,3- No Razzaq,,No Afridi No Akmal (20/20 players) in Test Team.you expect Taufiq,,Asad,,younis and Azhar to score 9 runs per over,,,come on wake up guys and use your brain,,,misbah is good captain,,his bad luck is fielders dont take catches,,,if wahab held on to jaya's catch still pak have won the Test...it was your so called future captain Hafeez who droped catches,,,why no one is blaming Hafeez,,why every one blaming Misbah,,,

  • S.Alis on October 27, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    PCB Team management and team decision to not chase let everyone down. A cowardly decision. i lost all interest after 2 overs in last inning and stopped watching. felt like i wasted my time when there was a chance to win. i wonder what were you guys doing in five days when you don't have courage to try to win a match. At-least try for 10 overs and see the results, If you lose few wickets then just draw it. A professional team can't even survive another 10 overs? What a shame.

  • Aragorn_11 on October 25, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    I think Pakistan played well, for the first time, in A LONG TIME, they scored 400+ runs in an innings against a top international team, even declared and only the batsmen batted...yes the fielding let us down, no doubt ( probably would have won by an innings if we caught them!), but I have no problem with their tactics after being set 170 runs in 21 overs...I dont think I have ever come across a team who has done that in a Test match...look we're playing TEST CRICKET...and finally we have cricketers playing with a TEST MENTALITY...it's always been our problem...Akmal, Afridi, Razzaq and co should be used in shorter formats, come on even Afridi accepted this when he quit from Tests!

  • on October 25, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    i think PCb needs a complete overhaul. Its good that Mohsin khan was the coach as well. It clearly describes the mindset of selectors, as he is apparently the Chief selctor aswell. Its a pity that Pakistan cudnt take any advantage of the invention of T20. They cud have gone for it. pity big pity.

  • on October 25, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Pak team missed the chance in the first innings when they scored only 511 runs in over 2 days. Even when we had over 200 runs lead our batsmen did not go for quick runs. Asad shafiq scored only 26 of 94 balls and he came to bat at 436 for 4. I think this is were we let SL off the hook. IF Pak had scored more runs in the last 25 overs of their first innings then we would have been chasing under 100 in the last 21 overs.

  • on October 25, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    "Catches are not dropped on purpose but we dropped some crucial catches at crucial times in the match and we suffered in the end due to those dropped catches."

    1 miss catch is OK 2 miss catches could happen 3 miss catches, no one is perfect 6 miss catches? I see another probe coming down

  • on October 25, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    Oh this must be a joke!!! Does mohsin khan think we are kids!!! NO doubt that catches were a huge factor for us losing but STILL there is no reason to be soooo defensive to not even try to chase the total... Extremely dissappointed with the result... the blame goes mostly to Mohsin khan for throwing out umar akmal and selecting such a defensive side with such a negative approach to the game...

  • on October 25, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    it was not the fielding but the negative approach that let us down... the team management need to learn a lesson from the B'desh skipper how he declared when there is a possibility that the West Indies can win that test match

  • on October 25, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    we should not blame misbah entirly.I think the winning opportunity was lost coz of poor leadership of team management . if Misbah was too defensive ,where was Mr coach Mohsin who only know bully against young talented players like umer akmal.Mr Mohsin i have a question for you what will pakistan team do under your leadership and coaching in T20 when the opposite team will score 170 runs in 20 overs.Will you send team for batting or just give other team a victory by walking away. shame on you.

  • Hawk_Pk on October 24, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    "'Our fielding let us down' - Mohsin "I wonder what else for you were there...

  • on October 24, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    i think you guys dont know ABC of cricket,, how could you chase 171 in 21 overs in test match,,, i give you some facts,,, 1:- No Power Play In Test Cricket,,,2:- No Fielding Restrictions,,3- No Razzaq,,No Afridi No Akmal (20/20 players) in Test Team.you expect Taufiq,,Asad,,younis and Azhar to score 9 runs per over,,,come on wake up guys and use your brain,,,misbah is good captain,,his bad luck is fielders dont take catches,,,if wahab held on to jaya's catch still pak have won the Test...it was your so called future captain Hafeez who droped catches,,,why no one is blaming Hafeez,,why every one blaming Misbah,,,

  • hamza1982 on October 24, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    This is a joke.....how can you be so defensive and not even try and chase the total?The win was there for the taking, they only needed to go at 5 an over on a dead pitch against a poor bowling attack with all 10 wickets in hand. The Pakistan team mentality is becoming like Pakistan before Imran Khan came into the team....they are just happy with a draw....with a team like this and a varied and talented pace attack they should be so much more positive....for god sakes...GO FOR A WIN!!!I never thought id say this, but Pakistan are boring!

  • myaqoob on October 24, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    I still doubt the technique of Taufeeq umar .

    Mohammad Hafeeez Kamran Akmal Azher Ali Umar Akmal Younis Khan Mishba ul haq Shoaib Malik Wahab Raiz Umer Gul Junaid khan Saeed ajmal

  • Rakim on October 24, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    @Usman Arshad Mani: You are wrong, they bowled them for less than 200 when people like you were criticizing Misbah for bat first. Bowlers didn't bowl SL 2 times but they did it 3 times. So all the fault is of drop catches. There's no fault of Captain and Coach. + I think we Pakistanis have a problem: we all think we know cricket better than team's captain and coach. Respect. And better luck next time team Pak. :)

  • on October 24, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    DEFENSIVE FRAME OF MIND OF MISBAH ,AGAINST NEWZEALAND earlier this year it was almost same situation where in 2nd test pak neded almost near to 150 in 15 overs with 8 wickts in hand , MR: CAP went for draw what a joke in this game He should have tried for atleast 7 overs to get under pressure SL team as yopung bowling attack was already to many no balls , being under pressure they would have made much more mistakes and could have been proved as a victory ......I rate this match as SL a winning side ......

  • getsetgopk on October 24, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Lanka got away this time they should be and im sure they are considering themselves way too lucky that they succeeded in drawing this match but they wont get away like this again. I see Pakistan winning this series 2--0. Period.

  • poderdubdubdub on October 24, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Pakistan had no game plan from the start, the way Taufeeq and Asad Shafiq batted on the third day afternoon it was clear that this is a defensive team. Pakistan need to win matches to improve ranking and for that they will have to attack (and hold their catches).

  • zkaleem on October 24, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Fielding let us down but why was Wahab Riaz sent in as a sub when Shoaib Malik was a far better option? Coaching is all about attending to details and Mohsin failed. Why did we take ages to put up a target with Asad snailing his way to 25 odd runs in about 90 balls? It is becoming a habit with him. Where is management & coaching?

  • mazdonal on October 24, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    The main reason Pakistan are poor at fielding is that not much importance is given to it while grooming youngsters. How is it that generations of Pakistani players are led into the team with butter fingers? Kamran Akmal was able to play for Pakistan for a decade dropping and fumbling more than half of the chances that came his way. Pakistan fielding is a joke. Notoriously bad fielders should be axed, even if they are good performers otherwise. There is a perfect case for dropping Hafeez now. He is a bad example for the rest.

  • sharidas on October 24, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    I was very sure that Sangakkara will fight it out to the last, because I have seen him to do it time and again - a fantastic player indeed ! So what if you drop catches from him ? - It s better not to comment at all ! For a bowler, there is nothing more disheartening than to see catches being dropped, and yet, they went on and did their best. I only wonder what the Pakistani public makes this out to be....Another betting issue ? I certainly hope not.

  • swat1999 on October 24, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    Pakistan must chance their old style defensive cricket. Seems 1st day of the match they diside this match will be drawn. You guy needs to more aggressive batting and plenty of catching practice.

  • swat1999 on October 24, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    You drop catches same time drop the maytches in Sydney, Colombo, Abudhabi,.....

  • voyager on October 24, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    Not fielding, nor slow batting or bad captaincy. It was attention span IMHO. Pakistan have problem keeping focussed for longer periods of time. That is why Taufeeq's innings (though slow) was welcome fresh air, typically our batsmen don't go beyond 30s 40s. Same thing with fielding, it was sharp the first day and looked mentally tired on 4th and 5th, even the keeper was fumbling with every other ball. If it was just bad fielding they would have still able to hold on to some of them.

  • on October 24, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    Pakistan needs Mohammad Yousuf back in the Test Team in place of either Asad Shafiq or Azhar Ali because he is a must in the Test Team and they can't drop Misbah, Younis, Hafeez or Tufeeq they could drop Azhar Ali or Asad Shafiq not because they are not good players but because Mohammad Yousuf is perfect for Test Matches.

  • on October 24, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    Always the same lame excuses from the management. Jayasuriya: "If i was in Pakistan's position, i would have gone with the chase and batted aggressively" TM Dilshan: "I am disappointed that Pakistan didn't even try to chase the total" It has always been abt draw matches for Pakistan. Low graded teams look to draw matches, champions look to take opponents down. I am particularly happy that Taufiq Umar was not given the man of the match award because frankly he didn't deserve it. Feel sorry for Junaid Khan, all bowlers did well. Pakistan should have won this match by an innings. They should have batted aggressively in the first innings and they could have posted a score close to 650 and imagine with that lead, Sri Lanka getting out on the score that they did, we still would have been in a lead and won the match. But poor captaincy and team management has led to a disappointing result. It was a shameful draw ... very disapointed!!!

  • on October 24, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    Always the same lame excuses from the management. Jayasuriya: "If i was in Pakistan's position, i would have gone with the chase and batted aggressively" TM Dilshan: "I am disappointed that Pakistan didn't even try to chase the total" It has always been abt draw matches for Pakistan. Low graded teams look to draw matches, champions look to take opponents down. I am particularly happy that Taufiq Umar was not given the man of the match award because frankly he didn't deserve it. Feel sorry for Junaid Khan, all bowlers did well. Pakistan should have won this match by an innings. They should have batted aggressively in the first innings and they could have posted a score close to 650 and imagine with that lead, Sri Lanka getting out on the score that they did, we still would have been in a lead and won the match. But poor captaincy and team management has led to a disappointing result. It was a shameful draw ... very disapointed!!!

  • on October 24, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    right mohsin but do something for it ! we r fed up of this fielding thing for the last 15-20 years

  • playitstraight on October 24, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    haha this man makes me laugh, saying that since SL put a defensive field, they decided not to go for the target! Defensive or attacking field, they could have reached the target had they actually tried to hit 4's and 6's. But looks like Younis Khan had said that he was better off with a draw than a win/lose situation during the innings break. Pakistan have become a more defensive team nowadays, they need to attack more if they want to win these days! But good luck SL for the next test!

  • Synex_SL on October 24, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    I wonder why not David Boon report this pitch for being a feather bed. If Galle is wrong as in the ICC's view point this pitch is right up there in the opposite scale. I think this is what Dave Richardson call a fine balance pitch.

  • on October 24, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    Fielding fielding fielding! I dont know how many more games would be lose because of it.

  • on October 24, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    Really disliked the negative approach to the chase from Pakistan. I thought they could at least try go for it. If they lose some wickets up front then they can adopt a more defensive stance. But to just block from the beginning really kills the sport.

  • on October 24, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    defensive policy shud have gone for chase atleast to have upper hand in the end of test .......... but now sri lanka got upper hand in the end and pressure is as usual back to pakistan, sri lanka totally dominated the last 2 days due to last defensive move not to go for the chase...... and negative batting by asad shafiq too he shud have played for team instead of selfish innings for his place

  • Stark62 on October 24, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    What about the slow batting?

    Misbah is way too defensive and his captaincy will never work in the shorter formats.

    He may have beaten Zimb but who couldn't?

    Afridi is back which, means he should take over the captaincy in shorter formats with young players in the team.

    Take a note from Ind and play youngsters because their fielding has improved drastically after the inclusion of youngsters and we should also follow pursuit, otherwise fielding will always be a problem.

    Like the old saying goes "Get em whilst their young"!

  • on October 24, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    Mr. Mohsin Hasan Khan, remember Mr. Imran Khan once said that the recipe for defeat is to play for draw. At least Pakistan should have given it a try to go for runs. Moreover, your statement confirms you fell into the trap of Srilankan fielding plan. Srilankan team could not have boiled Pakistan team out in 21 overs, but surely Pakistan had all the chances and car ds in their hand to force a win. A timid person can be a good player or chief selector, but he can never be a good captain or coach. Cricket is all played in the mind mate. And negative thoughts will never snatch a victory from the jaws of draw or defeat.

  • on October 24, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    I have a lot of admiration for the efforts of young pace bowler Junaid Khan and for Aizaz Cheema. In the immense and, at times, unbearable heat, both of them bowled with great heart and effort in conditions that were very tough for quick bowlers." +1

  • on October 24, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    even though pakistani showed their great effort,their fielding let them down but i hope they will overcome their mistakes for next coming matches...

  • on October 24, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    watever the reasons u give Mr. Coach, we couldn't bowled them out in two days... This is a failure n I'll take it as a defeat.. Dropped catches are mere a reason for the defeat.. Bad captaincy, I shd say, was a bigger reason... why don't we learn from our mistakes.. our past tells us that we have to go for atleast 16 wickets in an inning coz we drop our chances a lot.. then why didn't our captain plan for the thing which is quiet understood for Team Pakistan

  • on October 24, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    I dont know what's Mr. Mohsin's view of a good pitch... I mean come on you dropped 6 chances and still blaming the pitch for it... Does a good pitch gives you 100 chances... SL were already 5 down you just needed to get rit of Sangakarra & Jayawardene and rest should have followed...

  • on October 24, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    so would you have gone for chase if SL put aggressive field? Yeah right! So much for Mohsin's mental toughness speech!

  • Haleos on October 24, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Kudos to pakistan bowlers though. He bowled witha lot of heart. Bowling had never let pakistan down. Its the inconsistent batting.

  • Haleos on October 24, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Not just fielding mohsin. It was the dead slow batting. Even with such horrid fielding you would have won had u given urself few more overs. With dceclaration emmenent ur batsman should have gone for quick runs. Strike rates of 35, 26 etc dont win u matches, they can just save u some.

  • on October 24, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    Mohsin is wrong in his approach, in his thinking. He would rather set his team's approach and strategy based on what the opposition would do. Pakistan should have gone for the win irrespective of what Sri-Lanka was doing. It would have sent a strong message to the World Cricket that Pakistan would play to win. Misbah does not communicate that message with his actions, body language or his approach to the game. Mohsin does not think that way either. If Pakistan were to win matches then they must aim to win. Fundamental thinking of Moihsin and Misbah (M&M) is wrong.

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  • on October 24, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    Mohsin is wrong in his approach, in his thinking. He would rather set his team's approach and strategy based on what the opposition would do. Pakistan should have gone for the win irrespective of what Sri-Lanka was doing. It would have sent a strong message to the World Cricket that Pakistan would play to win. Misbah does not communicate that message with his actions, body language or his approach to the game. Mohsin does not think that way either. If Pakistan were to win matches then they must aim to win. Fundamental thinking of Moihsin and Misbah (M&M) is wrong.

  • Haleos on October 24, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Not just fielding mohsin. It was the dead slow batting. Even with such horrid fielding you would have won had u given urself few more overs. With dceclaration emmenent ur batsman should have gone for quick runs. Strike rates of 35, 26 etc dont win u matches, they can just save u some.

  • Haleos on October 24, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Kudos to pakistan bowlers though. He bowled witha lot of heart. Bowling had never let pakistan down. Its the inconsistent batting.

  • on October 24, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    so would you have gone for chase if SL put aggressive field? Yeah right! So much for Mohsin's mental toughness speech!

  • on October 24, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    I dont know what's Mr. Mohsin's view of a good pitch... I mean come on you dropped 6 chances and still blaming the pitch for it... Does a good pitch gives you 100 chances... SL were already 5 down you just needed to get rit of Sangakarra & Jayawardene and rest should have followed...

  • on October 24, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    watever the reasons u give Mr. Coach, we couldn't bowled them out in two days... This is a failure n I'll take it as a defeat.. Dropped catches are mere a reason for the defeat.. Bad captaincy, I shd say, was a bigger reason... why don't we learn from our mistakes.. our past tells us that we have to go for atleast 16 wickets in an inning coz we drop our chances a lot.. then why didn't our captain plan for the thing which is quiet understood for Team Pakistan

  • on October 24, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    even though pakistani showed their great effort,their fielding let them down but i hope they will overcome their mistakes for next coming matches...

  • on October 24, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    I have a lot of admiration for the efforts of young pace bowler Junaid Khan and for Aizaz Cheema. In the immense and, at times, unbearable heat, both of them bowled with great heart and effort in conditions that were very tough for quick bowlers." +1

  • on October 24, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    Mr. Mohsin Hasan Khan, remember Mr. Imran Khan once said that the recipe for defeat is to play for draw. At least Pakistan should have given it a try to go for runs. Moreover, your statement confirms you fell into the trap of Srilankan fielding plan. Srilankan team could not have boiled Pakistan team out in 21 overs, but surely Pakistan had all the chances and car ds in their hand to force a win. A timid person can be a good player or chief selector, but he can never be a good captain or coach. Cricket is all played in the mind mate. And negative thoughts will never snatch a victory from the jaws of draw or defeat.

  • Stark62 on October 24, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    What about the slow batting?

    Misbah is way too defensive and his captaincy will never work in the shorter formats.

    He may have beaten Zimb but who couldn't?

    Afridi is back which, means he should take over the captaincy in shorter formats with young players in the team.

    Take a note from Ind and play youngsters because their fielding has improved drastically after the inclusion of youngsters and we should also follow pursuit, otherwise fielding will always be a problem.

    Like the old saying goes "Get em whilst their young"!