Pakistan news December 10, 2013

Misbah fears homesickness for his players

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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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  • 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.

  • on December 11, 2013, 8:31 GMT

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

  • 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. .

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • on December 11, 2013, 8:31 GMT

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

  • 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. .

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • on December 10, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    well many people may not be fans of misbah's captaincy/batting style but this guy has always come up with something so thoughtful. the example given in the article is so true. celebrating EID away from home and family is so stressful at times. Have to agree with him on this.

    Before SA tour in February, some one wrote that if you talk with misbah about any topic not related to cricket , you will get some good response. have to agree with that.

    Teams may not travel sooner to paksitan. what PCB needs is to schedule games well . Pak is having a busy season this time. But after t20 WC they will be having a long off period. they need to manage scheduling well and also some rotating policy to test bench strength.

  • on December 10, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    I agree with Misba but it is part of the game. They should take this as an opportunity for playing more international matches away from home, they will develop their skills on playing on foreign soil.

  • CricketFever11 on December 10, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    It is up to the govt to uplift the Image of Pak and ensure the security conditions. But Have they done anything so far? They just want to grip their power. So sad. Without political stability, cricket board stability will other team travel Pakistan? Not really dear. It will be a long wait? I bet Sri Lanka would be the first to Visit Pakistan in the future. But the image has to be restored with 100% confidence. Surely, It will be a long wait.....

  • on December 10, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Good on you Misbah. A great point but don't think ICC is going to do anything about it :( Keep Going PAKISTAN!

  • on December 10, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    This is something I have always thought, yes they get paid decent, they travel lovely parts of the world, but they have kids, wives, parents, siblings and their own country no amount of money, luxury or pampering can replace the happiness that a family brings. Pak players have had the short straw in cricket for too long, and for them to compete and even beat big teams is a testament to their mental strength and skill...it is time to address this issue but the PCB and ICC will not do anything about this as this means a loss of money for them both! It will take something like Trott for people to take note, its a ticking time bomb.

  • Sri_Lankan_Fan on December 10, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    You're the beacon of pakistani resilience with younis khan. Yet pakistani fans prefer afridi over younis and you. but still you march on, for your people, for your country. Hope the pakistani fans realise it soon before its too late... Sorry but against the SL series i support SL

  • ABLcric on December 10, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    The question is: are we ready to host? Secondly, even when we play at home, the players are traveling different cities. UAE is similarly home away from home with more or less same environment and weather. Its the mindset!! I think, by playing away from home, we will have developed more skills on playing on foreign soil away from home.

  • bighit14 on December 10, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Completely agree with Misbah. Its time ICC and other cricket boards to analyse the security in Pakistan and schedule matches on their soil if fine.

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  • bighit14 on December 10, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Completely agree with Misbah. Its time ICC and other cricket boards to analyse the security in Pakistan and schedule matches on their soil if fine.

  • ABLcric on December 10, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    The question is: are we ready to host? Secondly, even when we play at home, the players are traveling different cities. UAE is similarly home away from home with more or less same environment and weather. Its the mindset!! I think, by playing away from home, we will have developed more skills on playing on foreign soil away from home.

  • Sri_Lankan_Fan on December 10, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    You're the beacon of pakistani resilience with younis khan. Yet pakistani fans prefer afridi over younis and you. but still you march on, for your people, for your country. Hope the pakistani fans realise it soon before its too late... Sorry but against the SL series i support SL

  • on December 10, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    This is something I have always thought, yes they get paid decent, they travel lovely parts of the world, but they have kids, wives, parents, siblings and their own country no amount of money, luxury or pampering can replace the happiness that a family brings. Pak players have had the short straw in cricket for too long, and for them to compete and even beat big teams is a testament to their mental strength and skill...it is time to address this issue but the PCB and ICC will not do anything about this as this means a loss of money for them both! It will take something like Trott for people to take note, its a ticking time bomb.

  • on December 10, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Good on you Misbah. A great point but don't think ICC is going to do anything about it :( Keep Going PAKISTAN!

  • CricketFever11 on December 10, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    It is up to the govt to uplift the Image of Pak and ensure the security conditions. But Have they done anything so far? They just want to grip their power. So sad. Without political stability, cricket board stability will other team travel Pakistan? Not really dear. It will be a long wait? I bet Sri Lanka would be the first to Visit Pakistan in the future. But the image has to be restored with 100% confidence. Surely, It will be a long wait.....

  • on December 10, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    I agree with Misba but it is part of the game. They should take this as an opportunity for playing more international matches away from home, they will develop their skills on playing on foreign soil.

  • on December 10, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    well many people may not be fans of misbah's captaincy/batting style but this guy has always come up with something so thoughtful. the example given in the article is so true. celebrating EID away from home and family is so stressful at times. Have to agree with him on this.

    Before SA tour in February, some one wrote that if you talk with misbah about any topic not related to cricket , you will get some good response. have to agree with that.

    Teams may not travel sooner to paksitan. what PCB needs is to schedule games well . Pak is having a busy season this time. But after t20 WC they will be having a long off period. they need to manage scheduling well and also some rotating policy to test bench strength.

  • 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

  • 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.