Pakistan news April 30, 2014

Misbah to remain captain till World Cup, says Sethi

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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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  • on May 7, 2014, 23:26 GMT

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

  • dmqi 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?

  • Mustafa008 on May 4, 2014, 13:18 GMT

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

  • Mustafa7861 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

  • on May 4, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    @Muhammad Maarij (y) Awesome!

  • 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

  • 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

  • PlayfromDallas 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.

  • on May 2, 2014, 17:21 GMT

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

  • afzal501 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.

  • on May 7, 2014, 23:26 GMT

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

  • dmqi 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?

  • Mustafa008 on May 4, 2014, 13:18 GMT

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

  • Mustafa7861 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

  • on May 4, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    @Muhammad Maarij (y) Awesome!

  • 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

  • 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

  • PlayfromDallas 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.

  • on May 2, 2014, 17:21 GMT

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

  • afzal501 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.

  • on May 2, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Yes Misbah is tactically not the greatest captain but neither is Afridi. Afridi's supporters say he is aggressive but what makes him a poor candidate for captaincy is his inability to absorb pressure and stay calm in big match situations. We all witnessed how as a captain he failed to step up as a captain when Hussey was smashing everyone during the World T20 semi final. And again in the World Cup 2011 semi final against India, he looked under tremendous pressure when he came out to bat. A full toss that he would normally hit for a six was skied up before it fell into the hands of the fielder. Since neither Misbah nor Afridi are great tacticians, I would go with Misbah simply because of his ability to stay calm when the pressure is on.

  • adilnzir on May 2, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    seems like PCB does not have a choice but to retain Misbah as captain

  • on May 2, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Dear Sir, Pakistan Cricket Team Slector all over the world crciket game is not personaly any one so please give chance 2 new player's. Pakistan Cricket Team have 2 or three player to performer like Umer Akmal , Said Ajmal & Shahid Khan Afridi. PCB a big budget expense on players like One of them a good player Usman Salahuddin u-19 best performer & three time top performer in 1st class cricket in pakistan. So please give more chnace 2 him like other player's. Thanks 2 follow him 2 learn cricket.

  • siabbasi on May 2, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    Misbah is a gem! A Leader, A Performer, A Thinker, A Batsman and a Cricketer.

    He has lost some games YES and WON some games too.

    Quite balanced results and performance if you think about the circumstances PAK team was going through when he wore the Captain cap first.

    All the best MISBAH! I respect you.

  • on May 2, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    ok so you guys think misbah is not a good captain nd dnt know how to use his team ???? hen tell me when wasthe last time when misbah was not able to defend a target from his bowlers ??? when was t he last time he came to crease and team was not in trouble ??? y dnt u guys point out the failiure of our batsmens y dnt u guys point out that haffeez should play down he order y dnt u guys point out that when ever misbah in the crease other side batsmen can play freely bcoz he knows even though if i fail other side is saved by misbah ask any other team or commentrator or the best fast bowler in the world styn who r they scared of in pakistan team nd they all will say only one name miabah and tell me which asian captain ever beat sa in sa ??? tell me who was the highest run scorrer in pak team in that series??? tell me who was the highest run scorrer in the world in past year 2013 ?? tell me who is the fittest player in the world at the age of 41.. made my point

  • CricStar1214 on May 1, 2014, 23:05 GMT

    Whoever says Misbah is selfish, maybe he doesn't know cricket yet, I really think people shouldn't say stuff if they don't know the true cricket... Wonder if Misbah wasn't in the team, Pakistan wouldn't be able to make 100+ in any game in the champions trophy 2013 that occurred last year. keep misbah he is awesome

  • on May 1, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    I would go by the stats..And he deserves to be the captain till the WC..He is also averaging over 50 in last 18 months..

  • Rexton87 on May 1, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    Misbah is a nice guy and decent crickter but lacks the punch and panche needed to win games. He invest all his energies in taking the team to a respectable total but never enought to cross the line. Whenever he socres more than 50 runs Pakistan loose. There is lesson in these statisitcs for those who posses wisdom and vision and obviously in very short supply in Pakistan at present. Also my fellow pakistanis who believe that an immature Umar Akmal will take them anywhere near the cup live on cloud cuckoo land. He only makes a flashy score here and there against lowly placed team and never to be found when it is crunch time , sorry guys wake up.

  • on May 1, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    we have to preform in this world cup. but we don't ever seem to get the basics right. hopefully we will go far.

  • chacha_crickut on May 1, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    One of the most successful captains in the history of Pakistan! We will value his worth only once we have successfully booted him out...

  • on May 1, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    we were looking forward to Pak winning wc in 2015but with Misbah captain now we look forward to 2019 wc because we will not even make semis under Misbah. He is a defensive captain and a selfish batsman, who would kike to put a better number of runs for himself even if the team loses in the end. Look at his record, whenever he has scored more than 50 runs while chasing, pak lost. We need a captain with aggressive and positive pproach. I have seen Misbah playing maidens after maidens against Zim after losing a wicket or two. He not only bats himself like this but influences the whole team. Mr. Sethi, that may be your choice but you are not expert in Cricket, you are only expert in few other things other than Cricket.So let Cricket alone and let the experts decide about it.

  • Rohit... on May 1, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    Misbah is a complete Team man... Playing Slow & taking the Game to the End doesn't mean he is being Selfish... If he wants, he can Play attacking cricket & end up losing his wicket... Without proper batsmen, Pakistan will lose all their batsmen in that case... I understand the sentiments of Pakistan for Afridi... But don't choose Flashy shots over Dashing strokes... Misbah & Umar Akmal are the players who can solve Pakistan issues... Not Anyone like Afridi who plays only for his strike-rate and not for the Team's Cause...

  • on May 1, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Misbah is not a right choice... Now he is 39 years old & Also he is very slow batsman.... He played only for himself not for team or country.... No one in team respect him.......

  • Z.Saleem on May 1, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    Although I am a huge fan of Afridi, I think in this case Misbah should stay as captain on all three formats for the betterment of the team. Everyone respects him, and he is the back-bone of our batting line-up, so good decision by Sethi to keep Misbah the skipper until WC 2015.

  • on May 1, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    For world cup 2015 they must consider Abdul Razaq he can be very useful in Australian pitches and especially as an allrounder. Nasir Jamshed must be included in squad and need only a little polish. This is where went wrong with Pakistan they do have talent but they cannot polish talent. this is what happening with Umar Akmal he is very talented player but senior not polishing him. He is same category of Virat but look india how they polished him.

  • on May 1, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    Respect for misbah, but aridi is the best captian...

  • Aroundthelegsgoogly on May 1, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    Pakistani cricket needs stability and if anything else, we need stability at the top. Misbah is the best choice as captain until Umar Akmal reaches the level of maturity required to captain Pakistan.

    It is far to late to instate a new captain without enough experience in charge over the last 3 years. The only other candidate could be Hafeez who of course has openly stated that he had 'no desire to be Pakistan captain' and therefore has eliminated himself from leadership positions. But of course he has to return to the basics of cricket otherwise he'll become a neither-man captain like Shoaib Malik was. Leader but good at nothing.

    Misbah receives a lot of criticism, but these are often on the efforts and innings with substance that we can scrutinise. Many Pakistani batsmen/bowlers fail to create anything of substance that we can scrutinise (Kamran, Jamshed et al). You can tell that Misbah actually cares about Pakistan cricket and that's what we want from our elder statesman.

  • on May 1, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    Sane decision. There is no logic behind changing the captain when the world cup 2015 is just around the corner. Pakistan have done well under Misbah's leadership and he has led the team from the front with his own exemplary batting form. Misbah is honest and selfless, and his age is of no consequence as he is one of the fittest players in the team, is a very good fielder and quick between the wickets as well. It seems to be a planned move by certain factions in the movement to oust Misvah with Moin Khan being the ring leader. Good to see Najam Sethi throwing his weight behind Misbah.

  • fayyaz03 on May 1, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    Good decision Najam. To all those who think that Misbah is negative, just remind yourself the last test match Pakistan played. No negative person could have done that. The team which collapse 9 out of 10 times while batting, even Don Bradman could not bring anything good to them being their captain.

  • on May 1, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    Misba is too negative as a capt pak have always played attacking cricket. And im quite sure AFRIDI was capt in last world cup and he led us to semi final wen no one gave us a chance and was also joint wicket taker FACT!!!!

  • FahadBashir on May 1, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    Most detractors of Misbah are focusing too much on his strike rate. That is not the issue... his defensive captaincy is... Misbah can score at 3 of 6 balls as long as he likes... sure it creates scoreboard pressure but Misbah can cover that up later in the innings... What he is having trouble with is his reading of the game... He tends to wait on the back foot and let the other teams commit a mistake... Trying to rein in the opposition slowly, he doesn't apply any sort of pressure on the opposition... Cricket, especially the limited forms of the game are all about building pressure and momentum... Oh and Afridi is a miserable captain... don't even go there... Remember last time he resigned in the middle of a Test match!!!

  • Baig8680 on May 1, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    Misbah is the only one who can lead the Pakistan team till world cup... i dont know Moin khan who is failed as selector manager and as coach.. why backing Afridi who is not suited for captaincy he gives hardly a performance in a year and has bad past as captain and dont follow the code of conduct as usual..

  • Sachit1979 on May 1, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    Mishab tactics may not be the best but people should also understand the circumstances under which he leads. He doesn't have a consistently performing like his peers Dhoni, Baily, Mathews or De Villiers have still he delivers well under all pressure he bears. Whatever he does, i think he does well within the limitations of Pak team composition. Instead of debating afresh on captaincy matter, it would be better if Pak management starts zeroing down on players who could be best fit (both physically and mentally) for upcoming world cup.

  • fkhawaja on May 1, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    why not bring back yunus khan as captain if he is available . he has the aggro and the experience and this time all the bad influences are gone so he should be ok.

  • abbyk2 on May 1, 2014, 3:51 GMT

    Well done Najam Sethi for keeping Misbah as the captain for the 2015 world cup if Moin had his way the majority of the players would be sindis and pathans.

  • Izzmail55 on May 1, 2014, 3:32 GMT

    I personally really didn't care who was going to be captain for world cup because afridi and misbah both are leading the team on the field so it really doesn't matter.

  • avmd on May 1, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    Don't know about Misbah, but Sethi is unlikely to last till world cup. With him tuk-tuk will also go.

  • Desihungama on May 1, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    They'll be out of their minds to even think of booting Misbah out.

  • on May 1, 2014, 1:27 GMT

    While confirming the captaincy to Misbah he must be told to start scoring runs aggressively even in the first part of his innings. Normally, Misbha goes at three runs per six balls and gets aggressive in the last few overs which makes it too late for Pak. In 2011 also Pak lost to India on that only, they could have easily added another 25 runs but for Misbah. This instruction is pre condition to confirm Misbah as captain in WC 2015...

  • challagalla on May 1, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    Misbah as captain? I admire him a lot, yet he is too defensive to be a captain and he is 39. Misbah should be selected as a player but give the captaincy to someone else. Afridi may not be tactically the smartest but he is aggressive and Pakistan needs that dose of aggression now. I can only quote India as an example here. Tendulkar was not the shrewdest captain we had and was replaced by Ganguly who infused a tinge of aggression into the team. Gone now is the diffidence and Indian players these days are different. I remember Pakistan teams of '80s and '90s. All aggressive, spunky and willing to fight.

  • on April 30, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    I think it is good to be retained misbah as captain he is cool and good leader most important is other team member is happy to play under

  • Syed_imran_abbas on April 30, 2014, 23:14 GMT

    Good choice.. He deserves to be captain till World Cup.. I am abit disappointed with hafeez for leaving captaincy.. Pakistan must find a fast bowling all rounder for world to cover gap left by razzaq.. Currant best eleven to work on is (1) Ahmad Shahzad (2) Nasir Jamshed (3) hafeez (4) haris sohail/ fawad (5) Misbah (6) umar akmal (7) afridi (8) anwar Ali (9) ajmal (10) junaid (11) irfan........,, (12) sohaib Maqsood (13) gul

  • on April 30, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    great decision by Mr. Sethi nd Afridi is the hero of the Nation as others players he sud doesnt thing abt the role of to be or not to be the Cap only just play is natural game nd same as other players a "Perfect Unit" so i bet that no other cricket nation will be match against "Cornered Tigers" just play for the love of PAKISTAN. just for get onces who or whom will lead the team as a Cap. And abt Moin khan has the power of multiple roles by PCB sud use it properly and wisely..!!

  • Anwar-Lara on April 30, 2014, 20:25 GMT

    People who wants Afridi as captain probably dun know much about cricket, he is an entertainer not somebody who can run a team , imagine a cricketer who could not sort himself out in 17 years or probably more...

  • on April 30, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    very wise decision he's the best choice possible for leading the pakistani team at the moment...

  • FSL2013 on April 30, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    Moin Khan is neither capable of being coach nor chief selector. He is going with the street sentiments which is unrealistic. In these times of difficulty if you get rid of Mr. Consistent , you will revert back to whole team getting out under 100.

  • Nortox on April 30, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    Moin was an average keeper and known for dropping catches, Shoaib was a pathetic fielding coach , M.Akram career never excelled so amongst these average performers how can we expect a good team from PK.. 1992 world cup was ages ago and they are looking for help from that team.. cricket has drastically changed totals have soared from 240 being a winning total to 340 being chase-able. I don't see any hope. yes misbah scores 50 but how many balls he waste and how much pressure that puts on players playing around him... Match strategy and match awareness ... these e things he lack most

  • bouncer709 on April 30, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    @Zeeshan Waqas: Tendulkar was dropped four times, and first time he was dropped by Misbah on 27... Tendulakr was struggling against Afridi all 4 catches were dropped on Afridi bowling... at the end Afridi took his catch on ajmal bowling....Yes you mentioned Afridi gave chance to Abdul Rehman, it proves Afridi know better where to use which player, another example fawad alam, Misbah preffered Umer Amin in place of Fawad Alam....Abdul Rehman is a great bowler his career spoiled by Misbah... Misbah scored 50 but needless his drped catch gave tendulkar 56 extra runs.

  • on April 30, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Those who are demanding the captaincy of Shahid Afrdi either dont know much about cricket or they have a poor memory............ Shahid afridi did not included Saeed Ajmal in many matches in 2011 worldcup, instead he prefered Abdur Rehman over him..... In the semi Final of 2011 world cup, all blame is given to misbah, however, in that match afridi did not take the batting power play when it was needed the most.........moreover tendulkar was struggling against ajmal but still afridi took him off the attack, later when ajmal came back, he took tendulkar's wicket.

    now misbah has won a one day series against India, South Africa, West Indies, Srilanka, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe........he lost only against australia and England........The most reliable person of the team and according to jeff Lawson the person with best cricketing mind from Pakistan........Those who know about cricket would always back Misbah

  • Cricket_Master_Mind on April 30, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    Afridi is Best choice. Why? Plus points 1) He had more experience in Cricket than Misbah. He had played more world cups than Misbah he will go for Do or Die to Win World Cup as its his last one. 2) He already captain Pak in World Cup we saw he handled pressure and take the team almost in Final 3) He is aggressive and played more cricket in AU than Misbah Including his Big Bash league Experience. 4) Psychologically Afridi had more control over boys than Misbah due to his aggressive Personalty 5) Misbah's performance was great but we have to see recent one. He could not defend the Asian Title how would he win WC for Pakistan 6) Pakistan shoudl made Afridi Cap & Misbah Adviser. Pakistan needs Afridi live-wire Spirit And Misbahs Calmness. 7) Going with Afrid may be looks Risky but higher the Risk higher the return. With Afridi winning WC chances are High. But with Misbah you can't be Fav. 8) Dave left pak coaching he said'' There is lack of Nationalism. It's Misbah's inability

  • on April 30, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    Whoever is captain but i think Sethi is doing good thing here. He is shutting the doors for all the Ifs & Buts, Politics, rumors & groupings in team. last year team was playing bad & such things were there after SA tour of UAE. He did same thing by announcing that misbah will be captain & Suddenly every one started performing & won in SA & vs SL. that shows that sometimes, closing all doors for such things can work well for you as everybody know their role & stay focused.

    Second issue is that we have not learned any lessons at all. t20 WC performance was bad and captain was changed. As feared by most, thats the only change we will see. Manager of that team is in a way one man show now( Manager, cheif selector & Coach committee ).

    Bowling coach under which our bowling was poor, is now selector & head in academy. many failed, tried and tested players were included in poll of 36 players for summer camp which Moin said is for identifying players for coming year. will be same result.

  • on April 30, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    Well after seeing the selected poll of 36 players for summer camp, nothing good can be expected from this selection committee and Moin khan. Moin should not have been given multiple roles as these have conflict of interest.

    Misbah or no misbah, the huge selection panel have already given a hint of what will happen next. Same failing players will make it in. So performance will be exactly same.

    Misbah has better record than Afridi as captain. Afridi might be aggressive but thats only thing we can get from him nothing else. Pak will play only 13 odis till world cup and new captain wont have much time. But if they want to change then this is the right time.

    Sethi did good here. Last year, these were similar rumors & team was playing bad. then Sethi, after Misbah's tv interview, Announced that Misbah will be captain & suddenly team started to click wining in SA & SL. Now he has again closed doors for all of these stories & politics. Now everybody will focus on own game/role.

  • on April 30, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Misbah is a brilliant player and excellent experienced campaigner for the team however him as captain in odi is not the way forward. At the beginning of 2013 Pakistan looked favourites for the champions trophy, but players like Jamshed, Hafeez, Kamran and more had been changed into defensive mode causing them to be confused with their role within the team. When Afridi and Umar Akmal returned the team was playing more aggressively and better knowing what they had to do. Additions like shezad, maqsood, fawad know their roles and therefore should not be confused by the likes of Misbah consequently meaning either a different aggressive leader or Misbah to be less involved with the players

  • AbuManha on April 30, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    FOR ALL AFRIDI's FAN

    they can amke him captain but with him you never know something hppns at last min n he might take retirement and all tht un necessary crap. stick to Misbah

    if anything he knows how to bat see how much has he performed in recent events and compare w/ rest of the team performance.

  • web_guru2003 on April 30, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    Rashid latif was again vindicated. He did not accept offer to be chief selector saying that a lobby want to remove Misbah and they will use his (Rashid's) shoulders for that.

    Misbah is the best choice to captain Pakistan in 1015 WC. He is simply the most fittest and reliable batsman Pakistan have. Its amazing how fit he is even at this age. Tells a lot about his dedication and professionalism. You take him out, Pakistan's batsmen cant even cross 125 in most of the games.

  • xylofon on April 30, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    In a sense Afridi as a captain is the biggest joke of all time. End of story. But its our unluck that his body contains the spiritual leadership wether we like it or not.

    Misbah will never workout as ODI as captain, definately as a batsman without doubt, especially as opener (forget the first PP, as long as he doesnt enter the game at nr 5 as some fools have tried him to do, dhoni-style, so he can close the game, which he will never be able to do)

    Misbah should be test captain.

    Its tricky to choose someone for ODI and T20 but this is where the discussion is at - we need a real leader. Two of them. Who should it be?`

    My ODI team + bench:

    Misbah/Babar Azam/Jamshed/Umar Akmal/Haris Sohail/Afridi/Adil/Khan/Amir/Ajmal/Raza Hasan

    Bench:

    Fawad Alam at nr 4 swapped for U Akmal depending on condtions and form A Shehzad swapped for Haris Sohail depdending... U Gul & Anwar Ali Sami Aslam if old enough

    But Pakistan has to loose in order to wake up so no high hopes here

  • codegreen on April 30, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    yes give a chance to misbah as captain,,,as there as is no other choice,,,

  • on April 30, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    Mishbah is very productive & cool Captain compared to Inconsistant Shahid Afridi, Pak must go to Mishbah as Captain to World Cup

  • on April 30, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    Misbah is doing awesome job for last few years.There is no reason to take captaincy away from him.He is calm ,non-controversial as others like Malik, Afrdi and Hafeez and honest player.His performance also best of all current players with consistency.Moin has failed as coach,as manager and now I doubt by making such useless decicision would prove him as bad selector as well.He should aware of the fact that Captaincy is not pak current problem but the performance consistency of player is.

  • on April 30, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    We need aggresive captain and i suggest Younis, Afridi or Shehzad. Misbah must be in team for their support.

  • asiacricket1234 on April 30, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    I dont know why some people asking for Afridi as a captain. The kind of inconsistent player Afridi is he may not even make it to World Cup Team and we all know if the time gets any bad for him Afridi will do his most favourite thing. he will RETIRE. Pakistan is a good team and have improved a lot under Misbah who himself is a consistent cricketer/ It was a good choice by the Sethi to keep Misbah as captain.

  • on April 30, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    No way if this happens pakistan will be out first round he is a very defensive captain and in australian condition where he has not played yet RIP pakistan

  • imranmujtaba on April 30, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    Misbah will maintain his avg but pak will lose! Pak need strong captain - Afridi is the only choice in current bunch .... Afridi should be a captain otherwise Pak will be shoot down as last T20 WC. Make Afridi captain instead of making decision at last minute as last ODI WC and still Afridi took that team in to semi - which arguably the weakest team Pak had in last 6 WC.

  • Morfi on April 30, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    I dont find Moin Khan to be of great value for PCB or Pakistan cricket. He would have been better just as a selector or coaching keepers at the academy.

    Since the Champions trophy Pakistan has won 4 out of 5 series and also reached the Asia Cup final. That is ample evidence to retain Misbah as captain and Sethi has taken the right step to quash any rumours and speculation at this point which would only have destabilised Pakistan cricket further. Good call Sethi sb!

  • getsetgopk on April 30, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    Misbah probably is the most stable player in the side and a strong contender to lead the team but the only thing wrong with Misbah though is that I don't see him Pakistan winning anything under his leadership especially of his safety first style of approach in ODI's. ODI's are a gladiatorial job, laying low, playing it safe is not going to cut it. You have to break and smash the opposition or be prepared the same can happen to you is the only recipe for success in ODI's.

  • q4Qasim on April 30, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    Let give this captaincy to Shahid Afridi who is a brave & bold with experience to handle the whole team with full confidence. He can really bring a positive change in this team by making strong decision to select quality players & work hard to raise moral of this team, players, management & cricket lover nation. We feel pain by losing last T20 WC in a disastrous way. The whole Pakistani nation now dreaming to win WC 2015 but it will be remaining just a dream if our batting style remains as the same as we saw in recent past. Misbah is a quality & cool minded player with good record but today's cricket is fast, it's required a sharp captain who can adjust to all kind of game situation with confident and positive approaches. So let PCB should revise all their plans & sit together for a new strategy that how to win our next targets WC15 & future World T20. Shahid Afridi last world cup record is still in our memories and if he gets a second chance Inshullah WC15 trophy will be in his hands.

  • on April 30, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Looking at recent performance of Pak,team in 20/20 championship played in home conditions and the state of a very weak domestic cricket, Misbah or no Misbah wont make a lot of difference to the teams out come.The reality is the teams is weak in every area including our bowling attack which in the past has been a savior for the team . Sadly even our ace card Ajmal is past his best.Just think all the quality spinners around. Look how other comparatively weaker teams have progressed over last few years while we have not found match winners. All we keep on hearing is talent and talent who have failed to deliver .We simply are not consistent in any area of the game xpt inconsistency.

  • amnanaveed on April 30, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Misbah is the best available option. look at his record.He always scored when needed. Afridi is not capable to lead the team. well done sethi.

  • Nadeem1976 on April 30, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Thanks we only have to bear Misbah for 300 days now after that there will be new captain , new team and hopefully and youngster will become captain.

    i am not against Misbah as captain but he is not Imran khan and at the age of 39 he is not doing any good for the future of Pakistani team as well but again today we have only one choice as cpt and that is Misbah so good decision by the board chairman.

    I would love to see Afridi as captain but he had his chance at 2011 WC so let's give this last chance to Misbah and see how his team performs in biggest stage.

  • Vikram_Maingi on April 30, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Misbah is doing a great job as as a captain and with the bat. Changing captain at this stage will not be wise.

  • on April 30, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    Younus Khan is the best choice now a days to become a Captain of Pakistan team in One Day's & Tests. Mr. Sethi should re-consider his thoughts. Actually, Misbah always follow defensive approach, while, Younus & Afridi showing the varities, when doing captaincy's. Winning of 2009 T20 world cup is the great example set by Younus Khan. Therefore, Mr. Sethi should re-think on it.

  • on April 30, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    This should, Moin will not be a wise Selector.

  • on April 30, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    Good News. Chances are bright, Insha Allah :)

  • on April 30, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    moin khan is on a mission to further destabilize Pakistan cricket

  • Taimor-016 on April 30, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    Good decision. Changing captain at the moment won't be a wise decision. Misbah has been really good with his captaincy in past 3-4 years for Pakistan. Also, Pakistan has also done really well under his leadership. Very good decision by Sethi.

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  • Taimor-016 on April 30, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    Good decision. Changing captain at the moment won't be a wise decision. Misbah has been really good with his captaincy in past 3-4 years for Pakistan. Also, Pakistan has also done really well under his leadership. Very good decision by Sethi.

  • on April 30, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    moin khan is on a mission to further destabilize Pakistan cricket

  • on April 30, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    Good News. Chances are bright, Insha Allah :)

  • on April 30, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    This should, Moin will not be a wise Selector.

  • on April 30, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    Younus Khan is the best choice now a days to become a Captain of Pakistan team in One Day's & Tests. Mr. Sethi should re-consider his thoughts. Actually, Misbah always follow defensive approach, while, Younus & Afridi showing the varities, when doing captaincy's. Winning of 2009 T20 world cup is the great example set by Younus Khan. Therefore, Mr. Sethi should re-think on it.

  • Vikram_Maingi on April 30, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Misbah is doing a great job as as a captain and with the bat. Changing captain at this stage will not be wise.

  • Nadeem1976 on April 30, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Thanks we only have to bear Misbah for 300 days now after that there will be new captain , new team and hopefully and youngster will become captain.

    i am not against Misbah as captain but he is not Imran khan and at the age of 39 he is not doing any good for the future of Pakistani team as well but again today we have only one choice as cpt and that is Misbah so good decision by the board chairman.

    I would love to see Afridi as captain but he had his chance at 2011 WC so let's give this last chance to Misbah and see how his team performs in biggest stage.

  • amnanaveed on April 30, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Misbah is the best available option. look at his record.He always scored when needed. Afridi is not capable to lead the team. well done sethi.

  • on April 30, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Looking at recent performance of Pak,team in 20/20 championship played in home conditions and the state of a very weak domestic cricket, Misbah or no Misbah wont make a lot of difference to the teams out come.The reality is the teams is weak in every area including our bowling attack which in the past has been a savior for the team . Sadly even our ace card Ajmal is past his best.Just think all the quality spinners around. Look how other comparatively weaker teams have progressed over last few years while we have not found match winners. All we keep on hearing is talent and talent who have failed to deliver .We simply are not consistent in any area of the game xpt inconsistency.

  • q4Qasim on April 30, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    Let give this captaincy to Shahid Afridi who is a brave & bold with experience to handle the whole team with full confidence. He can really bring a positive change in this team by making strong decision to select quality players & work hard to raise moral of this team, players, management & cricket lover nation. We feel pain by losing last T20 WC in a disastrous way. The whole Pakistani nation now dreaming to win WC 2015 but it will be remaining just a dream if our batting style remains as the same as we saw in recent past. Misbah is a quality & cool minded player with good record but today's cricket is fast, it's required a sharp captain who can adjust to all kind of game situation with confident and positive approaches. So let PCB should revise all their plans & sit together for a new strategy that how to win our next targets WC15 & future World T20. Shahid Afridi last world cup record is still in our memories and if he gets a second chance Inshullah WC15 trophy will be in his hands.