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Misbah fears homesickness for his players

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December 10, 2013

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Misbah-ul-Haq throws his bat in the air after being caught behind, South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Port Elizabeth, November 27, 2013
Pakistan haven't played an international match at home since 2009 © Associated Press

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has said that his team having to constantly play away from home has taken a psychological toll on the players. Since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, no team has toured Pakistan, citing security concerns.

Pakistan have since played the majority of their home games in the UAE, as well as matches in New Zealand and England.

"It is not an easy thing not being able to play at home for so long," Misbah told Express News. "There are players in this side who have not had a chance to play international matches in Pakistan."

Misbah also pointed to Jonathan Trott's recent withdrawal from the England squad for the ongoing Ashes with a stress-related illness, as an example of just how big an issue homesickness can be. In fact, because of the recent series against South Africa in UAE, the Pakistan players were forced to celebrate Eid away from home.

"Jonathan Trott's example should be an eye-opener for the world. Imagine what the players have gone through in all these years," Misbah said. "I think it's time that the ICC and other cricket nations support Pakistan because international cricket away from home has tough demands on the players.

"There is non-stop international cricket these days and it is extremely hard on the players to be away from their families for such long periods."

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Posted by Sugath on (December 11, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

Misbah, do not try to give excuses even before the match begins. What, homesickness for bunch of adults.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2013, 8:31 GMT)

i agree with misbah, pls prmote Afridi as front line batsman he has skill and talent.

Posted by Pak_Guru on (December 11, 2013, 6:17 GMT)

Feel sorry for the players..... but atleast Cricket in Pak is still at a decent competitive level with regards to other playing nations. Pak Squash and Hockey have taken such a beating in world standards that it is hard to believe they were world beaters in the past. Kudos to Misbah and management to maintain the standard of cricket after so much turmoil in the country. .

Posted by Udendra on (December 11, 2013, 4:08 GMT)

Either Int'l cricket should resume in Pakistan or the players should relocate to UAE with their families. But still it's not the same. They must sort out security issues to convince other nations.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2013, 21:54 GMT)

Given the current situation in Pakistan it's nearly impossible to convince any team to visit. We couldnt even Bangladesh to tour Pakistan sometime ago forget about any other foreign nation. It's not the players fault, unfortunately our government is too weak. Regardless of the performance of Misbah and company, we're proud of you. Keep playing and success will always meet you.

Posted by Desihungama on (December 10, 2013, 21:54 GMT)

Ranking system is a sham. Teams playing away tours should get more points rewarded compared to playing at home. But no matter what rankings depict, Pakistan Team is a Champion Team lead by a Warrior in Misbah ul Haq.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2013, 20:13 GMT)

Misbah is a legend, a great player and a sound bat!! Pakistan is lucky to have him so better give him all the respect he deserve!!

an honest and fair captain, doing all he can do to make pakistan's image and cricket better!!

A great skilled cricketer.

Posted by keptalittlelow on (December 10, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

Misbah is absolutely right, its now four years that Pakistan Cricketers are living out of suitcase. We must appreciate the stress they go through by constantly staying away from home plus all the demands of performance and criticism they endured if they faltered in any match. Spare a thought for Pakistan Cricketers before lashing out at them.

Posted by Z.Saleem on (December 10, 2013, 13:50 GMT)

the only way out is to bring the International teams to the new Islamabad Cricket stadium, which is in the capital city of Pakistan and the most safest by any standards, since the Govt. resides there. The International teams can come for 3 ODIs or 3 T20s for five or six day tour and all the matches be played in Islamabad.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

dude! no one should be preferred to anyone, Misbah is a great Batsman, but Afridi's efforts are also largely unnoticed as he isa very productive bowler in every match, to be sure look at his statistics, he has some of the best bowling figures and he takes crucial wickets at tough stages, totally unnoticed, leave his batting he is an amazing bowler for me, and an essensial inclusion into the team whatever happens

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