Pakistan news April 30, 2014

Misbah to remain captain till World Cup, says Sethi


PCB chairman Najam Sethi and the chairman of Pakistan's selection committee Moin Khan appear to be at loggerheads over who will lead Pakistan at the World Cup. Moin had mentioned a possible change in leadership on Tuesday, but the notion was shot down by Sethi, who said today he had decided to stick with Misbah-ul-Haq.

"To be honest a change in captaincy was discussed," Moin had said at a press conference in Karachi. "We have to take a decision, with consensus with everyone within the PCB and the incoming head coach. Whoever is better for Pakistan will be the captain [for the World Cup]."

Sethi, though, threw his weight behind Misbah. "According to the rules, the PCB chairman selects the selectors and the captains of the team, while the selectors select the teams," Sethi said. "Whatever be the personal view of the selectors regarding who should be the captain, I stand by my decision to retain Misbah-ul-Haq as captain until the World Cup."

Misbah, 39, was named full-time captain of the ODI team in 2011, and has led it in 71 ODIs overall, winning 39 while averaging 47.21 with the bat - that's better than his career average of 44.38 in 146 matches. In 32 games over the past 12 months - of which Pakistan won 16 - he averaged 52.00, and was the cornerstone of the batting.

Pakistan is set to a play 13 ODIs in next nine months, leading up to the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next February and March. ESPNcricinfo understands that there are some who believe Shahid Afridi should take the reins from Misbah ahead of the showpiece event. Similarly for 2011 World Cup Misbah was a strong contender for the captaincy but, following weeks of uncertainty, Afridi was named captain.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • Dummy4 on May 7, 2014, 23:26 GMT

    misbah is best available option at the moment...nor afridi....

  • mohammad on May 6, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    Alright, I understand that Misbah is the better choice, but who will lead after him? What if he is out for injury, is there someone to take over? Pak is possibly the only team which does not have a vice captain or if one, really unknown or unseen in the field. Every team grooms one or two, but who is in line now? Can some give some light?

  • Mohammed Athar on May 4, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    If Pakistan wants the world cup the bring back Razzak and remove hafeez from the team

  • Mohammed Athar on May 4, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    Pakistan team needs major changes, first of all re-call Abdul Razzak and Imran Nazir, they are the match winners.

    However make Razzak as captain of the team

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    @Muhammad Maarij (y) Awesome!

  • Android on May 3, 2014, 0:31 GMT

    misbah is great we want misbah 2014 world cup he is world no 1 captain good bastmen bigest shoulder in pak team my choice misbah want wc

  • Android on May 2, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    I cant believe that people still doubt misbah after all he has done, he has proven himself time and time again. It is common for all of us to blatantly blame misbah for all losses just because of that debacle at Mohali, we fail to see all others who failed at Mohali and were primarily at fault. In 2007 t20 wc Misbah was the man who turned the tables in the final although in a losing cause but it was a lost cause when 6 wickets were down. After the spot fixing scandal, misbah led Pakistan to a test series win against New Zealand, it had been quite a long time since Pak had won a test series. He led us to the English whitewash, he led us in victory against India in that short odi series in December. He was the only person who stood and scored ib the 2013 champions trophy when the whole team got out. He showed his agressive side when Pak chased around 300 runs on the last day of the test against SL in UAE recently. Misbah is a hero we need, sadly we ungrateful ppl dont deserve him

  • Yasin on May 2, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    So, we are back on squire one, it is nothing new we been here before. There is a reason why we are still a developing country, it reflects in our cricket also. Any player saying "I don't want to be captain" as a good cricket follower we should listen to it but pay no attention, they didn't really mean it. It is not that they are very savvy to deceive the nation it is just that we are as always caught up in their childish fights. In our cricket there is always something cooking we don't know what's it is? As we go forward in this cook-out call it barbecue if you like we'll become aware why Rashid declined the chief selector offer not only that we'll also acknowledge he did the right thing. Interestingly with all this mess Pakistan still moved up its test ranking pushing India down, India must be cooking a huge pot. Moien's justification in not cooking with Misbah seems he wants awesome batting & barbecues which is a fair but not when World Cup is this close; it'll destroy the kabobs.

  • Android on May 2, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    Neither misbah nor afridi...... I think the best choice for captaincy is one and only ......FAWAD AALAM. .....

  • afzal on May 2, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Pakistani fans who do not agree with Misbah to be a captain, need to realise that apart from Younus Khan there isn't anyone else. I like Afridi but he is not a captain material. One thing about Misbah I do not like is that he's too defensive and too slow. I still think Pakistani team has major issues just like its politics or maybe they are both related. We are the only country who will not pick pace bowlers like Wahib Raiz , Sami with little coaching they could have been deadly, we only persist with the likes of Rahit Ali , Sohail which is a joke. In recent T20 World cup we took Kamran akmal and Sohiab, why not Mohammed Azeem and Imran nazir . I don't care where they come from Karachi, Pesawar, Lahore etc as long as they are good and help Pakistan team become good.

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