Pakistan news March 10, 2014

Pakistan morale lifted by India win - Misbah

ESPNcricinfo staff

While losing the Asia Cup final was a disappointment, Pakistan could take 'a lot of positives' from the tournament, captain Misbah-ul-Haq has said. Among them, was the 'morale-boosting' win against India in the round-robin stage, a victory which meant the team got a warm welcome at the Lahore airport on arrival, being showered with rose petals despite not bringing back the trophy.

"Losing the final was a disappointment, but overall it was a very good tournament and we move on with a lot of positives," Misbah said. "I think the team put in a lot of hard work, the way we won matches. As a team the performance was terrific, but at the same time no doubt it is disappointing that we didn't win the tournament.

The match against India, Misbah said, put Pakistan in the right frame of mind for the World Twenty20. "Winning against India was important because people have a lot of expectations and have lots of interest in it. With such performances, the morale of the team is very good. In this condition, we definitely have a chance [at the World T20]."

Misbah did not take questions on his "slow" batting in the final against Sri Lanka lightly, cutting off one reporter mid-way through his question by saying: "When you are 18 for 3, even big teams also bat like we did in the final to recover."

Pakistan had lost their top three by the fourth over of the game, before Mishah and Fawad Alam were involved in a 122-run stand. Misbah made 65 off 98 balls before being dismissed, while Alam went on to remain 114 not out off 134. Pakistan reached 260 for 5, before Sri Lanka eased home with close to four overs to spare after taking a toll on Pakistan's pacers.

Misbah defended his fast bowlers, saying that the spin- and batting-friendly pitches of the subcontinent made life tough for the pacers. "It wasn't an easy tour, especially for fast bowlers. You know in Asian conditions, it's difficult for fast bowlers.

"Overall if you look, barring one or two bowlers, fast bowlers struggled. Conditions are conducive for spin bowlers and it doesn't help fast bowlers."

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  • Litu on March 13, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    Misba is a tuk tuk player.His run fail pak win.If he do run must be pak lose.This world t20 cup must win Ind,Pak,WI,SRI,New Zeland,Aus,BD,RSA.

  • Manesh on March 12, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    @green_eagle. I can name 5-6 good players from that era who even beat Aus at that time. Do you expect them to beat Aus now? at least beat BD convincingly?

  • Android on March 12, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    Our major concern is Fast bowling which might not come in spotlight in T20 WC because spinners will do 70% bowling and death over yorkers of Junaid r fine but both Talha and Gul looked hell mediocre throughout the tournament. Gul is not been able to bend his back and both bowlers r not able to maintain a line ! Instead of giving junaid new ball, misbah persisted with Gul who bowled only 8 or 9 good balls in the series. Coach M.Akram is a good for nothing chapter who is even ruining the current skills of the pace battery. Batting is improving as both Shehzad and Akmal have understood the talent they possess and r playing more dependable knocks thn ever. Fawad for me is the next big thing after Misbah in both tests n Odis as this person can build innings. Batting will only improve from this point but its the bowling which requires effort n I urge PCB to appoint Wasim Akram as waqar now is with bengal so that he may extrude the raw talent from grassroot n develop them under his expertise

  • asad on March 11, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    Its when Misbah says these kind of things that I think he is the wrong captain for Pakistan. He needs to understand that beating your rivals (& just barely) doesn't mean anything unless its in the finals. In all 5 matches of the tournament Pakistan looked like losing at some point of the game. He also needs to understand that our fast bowling is declining & now we r nowhere near as good as Aus or SA in terms of fast bowling strength. Misbah obviously did not say that his slow batting in the final was the reason that they couldn't make 320+. The Pak team must come out of denial to strive cuz otherwise they have talented batsmen & bowlers but if they are satisfied by stuff like 30 runs off 50-60 balls or bowling figures like 1-30 then talent is being wasted. For Pak pacers to improve one of the 2 W's must become bowling coach. Also 1 thing I don't understand is why did Misbah play all 4 injured players as all 4 are key players in t20 & couldn't perform well in the final anyway.

  • Jawwad on March 11, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    @Mohammed Shahid - Care to explain why asking someone who just scored a century to retire borders on lunacy? Here is why I suggested that. 1. 260 was never going to be enough as was proven on that flat track. 2. Fawad Alam is not a clean hitter of the ball, he maybe our best player. 3. He just scored a century with only 6 fours meaning he made his runs between wickets so he must have been obviously tired unless he is made of steel? 4. Afridi untill that point is your best player in the tournament so far. Tell me which captain in the world does not create an opportunity to utilize their best player in the team and that too in a Final? You talked about flat tracks. Didn;t we all know tracks were going to be flat? Akram, Waqar, Imran all bowled well on flat tracks. You mean to tell me PCB cannot identify fast bowlers who utilizes yorkers and good length balls well on flat tracks? Fact is wrong pace bowlers were picked and lackluster behavior of players cost the game with Hafeez coming 3.

  • kamil on March 11, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    Misbah needs to come out of that dream win and concentrate on T20 World cup. He himself knows that Pakistan doesn't have any quality fast bowler at this moment. Gul is such a useless bowler who has forgot bowling yorkers even. Junaid was not even able to mark 140 kph in Asia cup. So, Misbah should start taking it seriously else his team would be in trouble.

  • Android on March 11, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    kindly make correction of my last post it was b/w thirmane and mahela

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    Fawad is a beauty and so is Abdul Razzaq god willing and afridi & ajmal. {Back to the loss{ it makes perfect sense how Pakistan lost if the will of winning and honesty to play for your country is not there you will play rash shots & get out and collect your "easy" cash for an effort you never made for your country team. SO many cricketers are playing in domestic cricket level who just have passion their all life to just play for their country in international level; if you don;t have guts to do justice to yourself and cricket then let those hard-earned and hard working players play at the place as after your shameful acts you really don't deserve any longer this trust & honor that your country had bestowed on you god willing. This very carefully before cheating next time and remember what happened to amir and salman butt and just go and ask them as surely things can take sudden turn on you too like last time in case of amir etc. Just a piece of good reminder what cricket means.

  • Android on March 11, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    I think misbah need to be more creative and aggressive in his approach especially in modern day question to misbah is that y he didn't utilized his part timer like shahzad and Alam who are more than useful bowlers in domestic circuit to break the partnership b/w mahela and synanyke...??

  • shahzad on March 11, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    hey guys, why so many ppl sugesting and advising sudenly here, specialy Indians, that pakistan should have looked beyond and above, beating india,which I believe is right absolutley, but aint u guyz trying to hide u r own defeat in this positive argument? Pakistan lost in the final no doubt , but why there is so much of silence in ur media about ur teams defeat. dont u guyz take the defeat from pakistan more then any 1 else? so what if we are jublious over our teams win over indian team?

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