Pakistan news May 30, 2014

Ajmal declined T20 captaincy

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Saeed Ajmal has said that he declined an offer to captain the T20 side because he wanted to be "relaxed" about his cricket. In an interview with ESPNcricinfo, Ajmal said he was reluctant to take up the captaincy, which was offered to him after Mohammed Hafeez's resignation in April, because he felt he was better as a team player.

"I don't want to put myself forward for captaincy. I think I am better as a team player. I do think about being captain of Pakistan, but I am reluctant too," Ajmal said. "Captaincy in Pakistan is not easy. The captain ends up being blamed for anything that goes wrong. Just look at Mohammad Hafeez. He resigned after our exit from this year's World T20. Why? It's because all the blame was being dumped on him. I have been approached for captaincy but I declined. I want to be relaxed about my cricket. God has blessed me with a sunny disposition and I want to keep it that way."

Hafeez had quit following the team's group-stage exit from the World T20 and the selectors are still looking for a T20 captain. Pakistan's next T20 match is against Australia in October as their short tour to Sri Lanka in August does not include any T20 games.

Ajmal also praised Misbah-ul-Haq's performance as captain, saying it was better than former Pakistan captain, Imran Khan. Ajmal said Misbah has been criticized unfairly despite being one of the leading run-getters in the side.

Misbah was appointed captain of the ODI squad in 2011 and has led Pakistan in 71 games of which the side has won 39. He has a batting average of 47.21 as captain and in the 32 ODI games over the last 12 months, Misbah has an average of 52. The PCB has also backed Misbah, retaining him as Pakistan captain until the 2015 World Cup.

"Misbah-ul-Haq has been outstanding in this role. In fact, when you consider the circumstances in which he has performed his job, I would say his services as captain are greater than even Imran Khan's," he said. "Yet he doesn't always receive his due. He's been a tremendous leader during an extremely difficult time for Pakistan and he's been our leading run getter.

"Yet each time we lose a match, people forget about his magnificent contributions. They start demanding that he be dropped. I really fail to understand this. Even as a batsman, people complain he's too slow, that he blocks a lot, does a lot of tuk-tuk. This is not fair to Misbah. He is a watchful batsman and becomes extra-watchful if the team is losing wickets from the other end, which often happens with us. His approach is appropriate and serves the interests of the team. I can tell you as a bowler that it pleases me greatly to see Misbah standing at the crease. If he is batting, it gives me heart that I will have runs to bowl at."

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  • POSTED BY 2477 on | June 2, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal is right. why do people criticize misbah ? Because he is slow? for some of those non-educated people I have a message. Every batsmen has his playing style. Some are run-getters some are attackers. misbah has a different and a better playing style. he defends his wicket and allows the other batsmen to play his innings. He builds up his innings and when Pakistan need runs he gets them for us.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | June 1, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    Why would anyone want to be captain under this PCB? I think we should leave him bubbly as he is on the field and off and not bother with the nuisance of captaincy.

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Yes i totally agree with ajmal's views.

  • POSTED BY majeed.smr on | May 31, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    Hai I am requsting for Pakisthan cricket managemant.Please bring back imran nazeer. what is the matter of imran nazeer. you are missing so much such a wonderful player in ODI and Twenty twenty..please pakisthan please bring back to team imran nazeer

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 31, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    I agree to ajmal's views and he is too old to be the captain of team Pakistan now it is time to give the captaincy to our young talent Ahmed Shehzad he is the best available player to lead pakistan in T20s & if seniors support him then he will be the captaining Pakistan after Misbah in all formats of the game......

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    it was the combined effort of fazal mehmood Abdul hafiz kardar mushtaq muhammad and IK that gave us such a strong and solid history in the game and world fears us now. IK captained in those years when pak was regarded as rookies and the competetion was so fierece with most dominant windies team of all time , ever consistent australia, and ever dangerous england ruling the world and in that time IK made pakistan somebody out of nobody. Today if we are regarded as one of the best teams in cricket field. It's due to the legends like IK fighting their hearts out and you want to compare those asian earned victories of misbah with those remarkable and history creating victories in australia and england of imran khan? ask misbah to first win a test in england. south afrika , or australia (leave series) then come and compare him to IK.

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    @basit subhani as i said u need to understand the history first... IK didnt just captained pakistan in 1992 world cup. he won a test series against australia in australia against england in england and what has your great captain misbah done so far? how many tests leave series just tell me how many tests has misbah won overseas? just 2 i can remember one in nz where pak anyways wins and one in westindies against the weakest windies team of all time.

    talking about your players only miandad and zaheer abbas can be regarded as legends playing for IK. mudasar nazar mohsin khan had average careers nothing special. tell me who made inzi? waseem akram? waqar? moin? rameez raja? mushtaq ahmed? aqib javed? saeed anwar? ijaz amed? it was IK who spotted all the talents that went onto become greats of the game. Moreover IK captained the pakistan when pak was playing in their initial years and look at bangladesh despite playing for 25 years there are still underdogs coz they couldn't find a leadr

  • POSTED BY Diaz54 on | May 31, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    Totally agree with Ajmal with regard to Misbah. That's pakistan cricket for you, they don't appreciate what they have, only when Misbah retires supporters will realise his worth to the team. He is captaining a very weak team and had done well during a difficult period.

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    Respected Mr. Typical IK fan,

    Zaheer Abbas debuted in 1969. He was considered a great even before Imran became a regular in the side. Mudassar Nazar was not groomed by Imran; it was Mushtaq Mohammad who happens to be IK's favorite Pakistani Captain as well

    "... zaheer abbas mudasir nazar and so on so on became great under imran's captaincy .."

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    Ahmad shehzad will give the captaincy in every format

  • POSTED BY 2477 on | June 2, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal is right. why do people criticize misbah ? Because he is slow? for some of those non-educated people I have a message. Every batsmen has his playing style. Some are run-getters some are attackers. misbah has a different and a better playing style. he defends his wicket and allows the other batsmen to play his innings. He builds up his innings and when Pakistan need runs he gets them for us.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | June 1, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    Why would anyone want to be captain under this PCB? I think we should leave him bubbly as he is on the field and off and not bother with the nuisance of captaincy.

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Yes i totally agree with ajmal's views.

  • POSTED BY majeed.smr on | May 31, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    Hai I am requsting for Pakisthan cricket managemant.Please bring back imran nazeer. what is the matter of imran nazeer. you are missing so much such a wonderful player in ODI and Twenty twenty..please pakisthan please bring back to team imran nazeer

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 31, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    I agree to ajmal's views and he is too old to be the captain of team Pakistan now it is time to give the captaincy to our young talent Ahmed Shehzad he is the best available player to lead pakistan in T20s & if seniors support him then he will be the captaining Pakistan after Misbah in all formats of the game......

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    it was the combined effort of fazal mehmood Abdul hafiz kardar mushtaq muhammad and IK that gave us such a strong and solid history in the game and world fears us now. IK captained in those years when pak was regarded as rookies and the competetion was so fierece with most dominant windies team of all time , ever consistent australia, and ever dangerous england ruling the world and in that time IK made pakistan somebody out of nobody. Today if we are regarded as one of the best teams in cricket field. It's due to the legends like IK fighting their hearts out and you want to compare those asian earned victories of misbah with those remarkable and history creating victories in australia and england of imran khan? ask misbah to first win a test in england. south afrika , or australia (leave series) then come and compare him to IK.

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    @basit subhani as i said u need to understand the history first... IK didnt just captained pakistan in 1992 world cup. he won a test series against australia in australia against england in england and what has your great captain misbah done so far? how many tests leave series just tell me how many tests has misbah won overseas? just 2 i can remember one in nz where pak anyways wins and one in westindies against the weakest windies team of all time.

    talking about your players only miandad and zaheer abbas can be regarded as legends playing for IK. mudasar nazar mohsin khan had average careers nothing special. tell me who made inzi? waseem akram? waqar? moin? rameez raja? mushtaq ahmed? aqib javed? saeed anwar? ijaz amed? it was IK who spotted all the talents that went onto become greats of the game. Moreover IK captained the pakistan when pak was playing in their initial years and look at bangladesh despite playing for 25 years there are still underdogs coz they couldn't find a leadr

  • POSTED BY Diaz54 on | May 31, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    Totally agree with Ajmal with regard to Misbah. That's pakistan cricket for you, they don't appreciate what they have, only when Misbah retires supporters will realise his worth to the team. He is captaining a very weak team and had done well during a difficult period.

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    Respected Mr. Typical IK fan,

    Zaheer Abbas debuted in 1969. He was considered a great even before Imran became a regular in the side. Mudassar Nazar was not groomed by Imran; it was Mushtaq Mohammad who happens to be IK's favorite Pakistani Captain as well

    "... zaheer abbas mudasir nazar and so on so on became great under imran's captaincy .."

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    Ahmad shehzad will give the captaincy in every format

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    Afridi, seriously? He should be kicked out of the team. He's a farce.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | May 31, 2014, 2:13 GMT

    Don't know if Ajmal captained any team before with success, but he did the right thing by declining to take up the role for Pak senior team. He is at his best as a free spirited exponent of spin bowling with amazing variations. Being a late bloomer, I hope he continues to play at top level into his 40s.

  • POSTED BY Mustafa7861 on | May 30, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    PCB needs to bring back Razzak as captain of the team, he is the best player to become as captain.....

  • POSTED BY Mustafa7861 on | May 30, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    Please bring back Abdul Razzak and make him the captain, he is the best player to be in the lead role. He is served the country a lot but never give a chance. So he shall be given the captaincy.....

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    @basit subhani hahahaha i could hardly do anything but to laugh at your comment......mr. u have to understand cricket history first before commenting. inzi zaheer abbas mudasir nazar and so on so on became great under imran's captaincy. He was the one who chose inzi and almost 12 out of 15 members with no experience at all and won us the world cup...... misbah on the other hand simply doesn;t has that eye to spot the talent. he just chose tuk tuks like him in the team no exciting player can play in his natural style under misbah.

    Imran is regarded as one of the best leaders of all time by the greats of the game like richie benaud for a reason sir.

    anyone who think misbah is better than imran needs to wake up. they may be dreaming still...... Ajmal please if you don;t have the guts to take the challenge of leading a side coz u r too much feared of being blamed for losses then atleast don;t insult the one(imran khan) who has faced it all and still stood tall as one of the best ever.

  • POSTED BY AbdulRauf-99 on | May 30, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    I agree with Ajmal, Misbah should be praised a lot more then he is now, Misbah had to lead when Pak top players were gone(Amir,Asif, and Butt) and misbah had to lead a young, inexperienced team, yet, look where he has put this team now, he is the one who picked saeed ajmal, and yet, he has been criticized for slow batting and defensive captaincy, though i agree Misbah plays too slowly, but the situation demands it, And yet he has been criticized, only hardcore fans appreciate him, why?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 30, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    for captaincy of t20 team, next t20 world cup is in 2016. its 2 years on calender but pak will play 1 t20 this year and may be 7-8 next year. so its hardly 10 t20s till next world cup. ajmal, hafeez afridi will be 36+ that time and more likely retired. so its better to give this chance to new young captain .ahmed or fawad may be good options or junaid khan. i would even say to rest afridi , hafeez, gul and may be ajmal from t20s and give these 10 odd games to young players. just few games to see how will they perform.

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    Abdul Razzak is the best man for Captaincy of T20, bring him back PCB you are losing such a talent. Pakistan Cricket is suffering because of this, we need a batting all-rounder/finisher plus a guy who has experience. Ahmed Shehzad and few other young cricketers have not proved their worth so far.

    In my view looking at the situation we are in Saeed Ajmal should have step up and accepted this role, his decision shows he is not a brave man.

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    Afridi should be t20 captain. By far the best choice. He plays without pressure.

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    Excellent remarks for Misbah,he really deserves much respect as Imran was captain of a team which has players like Miandad,Waseem,Waqar,Inzi but Misbah is the captain of a team who has normally average and inconsistent players, Also Misbah captained the team when the team was unable to play at Home. T20 Is young Blood game so PCB should assign this role to some new and young player.

  • POSTED BY imransmalik on | May 30, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    Shahid Afridi may be great name but his failure in the time of scoring boundaries, most of the time, brings the team down. Besides he has no captaincy skill and have not acquired any Man to Man management. His failure to work with Waqar Younis is a question mark in future to work with the coach. He wants to emulate Imran Khan who used to listen to none other than himself. Now it is impossible to sustain captaincy without coaches. Ajmal, being the bowler, has done a great job and done nothing wrong when he decides to decline the Captaincy role. Psychological profile is very important. Presently I see many misfits for the role of Captain in Pakistan team. Fortunately Misbsh is holding on to one day and Test matches captaincy. Nothing wrong if we can go back to request him being the Captain of T20 again. He is seasoned man and should promote himself to number 3 in T20. Finally I am happy that Ajmal has spoken his heart out. He is our hero. We love him and shall keep on supporting him.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 30, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    Shahid afridi or fawad alam can be captain

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    All Rounder at 6: - Imran Khan was the world's top all rounder though we had Manzoor Elahi, Tahir Naqash too. - Misbah have no genuine all rounder though A Razzaq is one but his match fitness is a big issue. Afridi remains a 'bowling all rounder' and doesn't play in tests.

    Wicket Keeper: - Imran Khan played Wasim Bari, Saleem Yousaf and Moin Khan. - Misbah has Kamran Akmal.

    Fast Bowlers: - Imran Khan had Sarfraz Nawaz, The Wasim Akram, The Waqar Younis, Saleem Jafar and Aqib Javed. - Misbah had an unfit brigade. The most promising M Irfan has hardly played any cricket because of his injuries. Gul is average. Junaid Khan, Sohail Tanveer, Aizaz Cheema and M Sami are what Misbah has.

    Spinners: - Imran Khan had Abdul Qadir, Iqbal Qasim, Tauseef Ahmed and Mushtaq Ahmed. - Misbah has good spin resources too. Ajmal is a class act. A Rehman and Z Babar are pretty good support.

    Imran Khan called shots himself while Misbah is given the team and he has to 'manage'.

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    I agree with Ajmal, while right from the start Imran Khan had a big talent pool, Misbah always had the headache of choosing the right guys.

    Openers: - Imran Khan had the luxury of choosing from class acts like Mudasar Nazar, Mohsin Khan, Ramiz Raja, Shoaib Mohammad, Saeed Anwar and Amir Sohail. - Misbah had Imran Farhat, Taufeeq Umar, Khalid Latif, Nasir Jamshed, M Hafeez, Khurram Manzoor and Ahmed Shehzad.

    Batsmen [3, 4 & 5]: - Imran Khan had Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Wasim Raja, Qasim Omar, Saleem Malik, Ijaz Ahmed, Asif Mujtaba & Inzimam ul Haq - Barring Younis Khan & Misbah Pakistan has no world class top order batsmen in this era. Shoaib Malik, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Azhar Ali and Umar Amin have been the choices. All of these batsmen trying to cement their place in the team.

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    Well, fir T20 captaincy (or probably for One-day too) there is no better option than Afridi who is effective with both bat n ball, aggressive and good fielder. He has shown the captaincy guts in the world cup 2011.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 30, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    I think hafeez is doing very good job as captain. we have deficiencies in management. we made many captains at very early of their age that's why we lose many talented for example younus ' malik ' afridi' hafeez. they are all very good captain and have abilities. but now a days we lose their confidence due to in out. best choice now is hafeez after him afridi or malik

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    I don't understand why so many guys are supporting Shahid Afridi for T20 captaincy. Yes, he is good, but look at the bigger picture here. The next T20 world cup will be held 2 years from now. Afridi will most probably retire directly after that, so who will take the reigns then? And more importantly, from whom will new captain learn from?

    I think it's best to give Ahmed Shehzad the T20 captaincy right now. He will learn from more experienced guys like Ajmal, Umar Gul and Afridi. He will learn in these 2 years and will be pretty much ready in the next world cup. This 2-year duration will even be sufficient to judge his capabilities as a leader and to give over the ODI leadership once Misbah/Afridi retires after the 2015 world cup.

  • POSTED BY RANA1610 on | May 30, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    Bring Mesbah back in here again.

  • POSTED BY LateefLabeeb on | May 30, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    In my opinion Shahid Afridi is the best player to lead the team in both shorter forms of Cricket for Pakistan till his retirement...I mean ODI & T20's, he is the best person and the most suitable considering very short time in fast approaching World Cup. His deputy should be Ahmad Shehzad..for future planning. Afridi can lead the team and unite them into a force just like he did in the world cup 2011 till the fateful semi final match versus India, otherwise he was all focused on the trophey.

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | May 30, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Extraordinary support from a leading Pak player to his captain. Seldom i have read any player support his captain so much, especially in Pakistan cricket. Good on ya Ajmal. PCB is a circus and im sure Pak fans will agree with me and Misbah has been a calming influence on them. No one seems to question Afridi and when he has lost so many games from cusp of win, and he still is workshipped by many, while Misbah has stood strong in rough period and given more than his 100%. I've also seen lot less politics in his regime which was and still is a big reason why Pak fails to cross the line many times.

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    afridi should be the captain of pakistan t20 team

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    good interview. He is a really nice person and always speaks good. A team player indeed. And he is right about captaincy. It might not be a good idea to make him captain. His own performance may have suffered and also age not on his side. By next t20 wc, he will be over 36. and they will play less than 10 t20s during these 2 years. He is also right about captaining the pakistan team. mostly captains are not praised for wins but blamed for losses.

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    the best artical i have read from ajmal in his carrer...

  • POSTED BY Z.Saleem on | May 30, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Great words by Ajmal - proud of you!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 30, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    True indeed...well said by ajmal. That shows he is a team man and praising your captain is a sign of a big heart. Thumbs up for Ajmal... Considering the captaincy situation in our country it's indeed a worse issue like load shedding...lol. People here are damn selfish and unaware and they seem to misunderstand the basics of cricket. The reason is lack of knowledge...unless and untill we have proper knowledge of the game we cannot praise the efforts put in by genuine players rather we would keep on blaming them. Misbah in this regard has shown character and skill probably no one so far in Pakistan ever did...

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | May 30, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    I loved this interview. Every word he said is true. The way he backed his captain shows that how good he is as a team man. Pakistan fans can be immature and dump all the blame on captain everytime anything goes wrong even if the captain perform better. So it is good for Ajmal to staying away from the job and concentrate on his bowling

  • POSTED BY macdee on | May 30, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    Those definitely are words coming from a team player. In fact, all the words coming from his mouth are 100% true. Captaincy is cricket crazy nations like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh can sometimes take its toll. Of course when you are succeeding, you will have the whole world at your feet. And in failure, the whole comes after your life. And latter has the case during Misbah's time at the helm.

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  • POSTED BY macdee on | May 30, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    Those definitely are words coming from a team player. In fact, all the words coming from his mouth are 100% true. Captaincy is cricket crazy nations like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh can sometimes take its toll. Of course when you are succeeding, you will have the whole world at your feet. And in failure, the whole comes after your life. And latter has the case during Misbah's time at the helm.

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | May 30, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    I loved this interview. Every word he said is true. The way he backed his captain shows that how good he is as a team man. Pakistan fans can be immature and dump all the blame on captain everytime anything goes wrong even if the captain perform better. So it is good for Ajmal to staying away from the job and concentrate on his bowling

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 30, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    True indeed...well said by ajmal. That shows he is a team man and praising your captain is a sign of a big heart. Thumbs up for Ajmal... Considering the captaincy situation in our country it's indeed a worse issue like load shedding...lol. People here are damn selfish and unaware and they seem to misunderstand the basics of cricket. The reason is lack of knowledge...unless and untill we have proper knowledge of the game we cannot praise the efforts put in by genuine players rather we would keep on blaming them. Misbah in this regard has shown character and skill probably no one so far in Pakistan ever did...

  • POSTED BY Z.Saleem on | May 30, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Great words by Ajmal - proud of you!

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    the best artical i have read from ajmal in his carrer...

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    good interview. He is a really nice person and always speaks good. A team player indeed. And he is right about captaincy. It might not be a good idea to make him captain. His own performance may have suffered and also age not on his side. By next t20 wc, he will be over 36. and they will play less than 10 t20s during these 2 years. He is also right about captaining the pakistan team. mostly captains are not praised for wins but blamed for losses.

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    afridi should be the captain of pakistan t20 team

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | May 30, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Extraordinary support from a leading Pak player to his captain. Seldom i have read any player support his captain so much, especially in Pakistan cricket. Good on ya Ajmal. PCB is a circus and im sure Pak fans will agree with me and Misbah has been a calming influence on them. No one seems to question Afridi and when he has lost so many games from cusp of win, and he still is workshipped by many, while Misbah has stood strong in rough period and given more than his 100%. I've also seen lot less politics in his regime which was and still is a big reason why Pak fails to cross the line many times.

  • POSTED BY LateefLabeeb on | May 30, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    In my opinion Shahid Afridi is the best player to lead the team in both shorter forms of Cricket for Pakistan till his retirement...I mean ODI & T20's, he is the best person and the most suitable considering very short time in fast approaching World Cup. His deputy should be Ahmad Shehzad..for future planning. Afridi can lead the team and unite them into a force just like he did in the world cup 2011 till the fateful semi final match versus India, otherwise he was all focused on the trophey.

  • POSTED BY RANA1610 on | May 30, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    Bring Mesbah back in here again.