Pakistan news June 4, 2014

Misbah sees Azhar, Umar Akmal as future captains

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Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain, has urged the PCB to start grooming youngsters as future leaders. Misbah, who turned 40 in May, said that players such as Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal could take over from him eventually.

"It is important for the board to decide who they want as captain. They should start grooming and giving them the confidence," Misbah said on the sidelines of the ongoing summer camp at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. "To me there are lots of players who could be given the captaincy... like Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal. Both are doing captaincy (in domestic cricket) and I think when they get some experience you can safely hand them the responsibility."

Pakistan suffered a mini-captaincy crisis after Shahid Afridi abruptly quit Test cricket in 2010 in the middle of the England tour and his replacement Salman Butt, who was marked as a long-term prospect, was banned after the spot-fixing scandal. Misbah took over the captaincy then and has since been leading the side in Tests and ODIs.

Mohammad Hafeez was given the T20 captaincy in May 2012 after Misbah decided to step down. Hafeez was also vice-captain to Misbah in Tests and ODIs for the last two years but after Pakistan's poor performance in the World T20 in Bangladesh earlier this year he quit from all posts.

Despite his age Misbah is still one of the fittest and most prolific players to lead Pakistan. However, with the 2015 World Cup ahead and Misbah in the twilight years of his career, Pakistan still haven't marked a potential captain with assertive leadership qualities.

"I don't think there is any problem as we have players who can take over the responsibility," said Misbah, ruling out any stumbling in the post-Misbah era. "All the youngsters understand the game and are doing the hard work and performing but you will take some time, one-two years. Both [Akmal and Azhar] have cricketing sense and that's what you need in the future."

When asked if he was facing any risk to his captaincy ahead of the World Cup as Shahid Afridi has said he is open to the job, Misbah said he did not think about matters not in his control. "I have always said that captaincy is not in your hand, it's in the hand of the cricket board," he said. "For me the important thing is to stay fit and give my best performance. My focus is on this, that how I have to perform according to my best ability and that's what I am trying. Rests of the things are not in your control and I don't even think about it."

The ongoing month-long camp will end on Thursday after extensive physical training and skill development. Misbah said the camp would be beneficial in the long run. "You might not get an immediate result. However, each player knows it has enhanced endurance. Your base is on your fitness in any sport and when you are fit you have better performance in all the three departments. Especially in such heat when you push yourself you increase your endurance, your strength is improved and you get improved in all the departments.

"The biggest motivation is your passion about this game. If you don't have passion then you just spend time and you don't enjoy. When you have passion you compete with others and you try to be the best. Not only me the youngsters have very good fitness and all the senior players have worked hard and tried to push themselves. In future if we continue to push, our fielding level will increase automatically. In batting and bowling when your fitness is good it automatically improves too."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • on July 29, 2014, 3:31 GMT

    Ahmed Shehzad has no potential to be captain. The guy has disciplinary issues and attitude problems. Can't be having that in someone who'll be leading the side. I agree with Misbah partially, Azhar Ali knows what he's doing. He focuses more on test cricket rather than the limited others formats, which is essential. And Umar Akmal needs his time before he can be handed the huge responsibility.

  • on June 7, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    Umar Akmal as a potential captain? What a joke, the only proper captain in the team at the moment is Younis.

  • on June 7, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    May be they should groom Ahmed Shehzad as captain for all three formats.

  • on June 7, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Azhar Ali can be the right choice both in ODI and Test. Those who saying Azhar has less strokes in ODI have no cricket sense... He is really talented should be handed over captaincy... Else groom Ahmad Shahzad else groom Nasir Jamshed else groom Sami Aslam

  • sami01 on June 7, 2014, 2:54 GMT

    These two are not even captaining any side in domestic level then how is it possible that these two will be good captain?Umer akmal doesn't even know how to bat in different situations..azhar ali is good in test only..

  • on June 6, 2014, 21:31 GMT

    I am surprised at Umar Akmal's name.... he cant handle the pressure not a captaincy material if he becomes the captain Pakistani team will even loose from UAE too... Azhar might be the right choice but he doesn't have too many strokes to play ODI cricket

  • on June 6, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    i think umer akmal should be captain for odis and t20s and for test fawad alam should be captain both of them are very talented and agressive players i think misbah is ryt because he knows them he played with them in the fielsd and i dnt think any of us can judge anyone better then calm king misbah.

  • Saadcricketlover on June 6, 2014, 0:19 GMT

    What about Fawad Alam. He has the potential and has shown that he is a controled and a smart batsman better than misbah. He can also bowl part time. He should be made the ODI captain. For test matches Younis khan is the best choice he is an experienced player. Umar Akmal or Abdul Razzaq could the t20 team. But there is no hope for Razzaq because PCB has treated him very unfairly.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on June 5, 2014, 23:12 GMT

    i am surprised with misbah statement. i completely disagree with him. Hafeez should have been kept for captaincy in limited over cricket and they should have tried to groom Ahmad Shahazad along with him. as much as i like Umar Akmal as a player i would hate him seeing a captain as he is not that material at all. I think its a ideal time to give a chance to shahazad in t20's. My team for world cup would be: (1) Ahmad Shahzad (2) Nasir Jamshed (3) Hafeez (4) Misbah (5) Sohaib Maqsood/fawad alam (6) Umar Akmal (7) Afridi (8) Anwar Al/gul (9) Ajmal (10) junaid (11) Irfan

  • on June 5, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    Azhar Ali will bw an automatic choice after Misbah's retirement from Tests. He might be Good for ODIs aswell.Meanwhile Ahmad Shahzad, Umar Akmal & Umar Amin should be given the captaincy of thier respective Domestic teams so they can be Groomed on field as well...

  • on July 29, 2014, 3:31 GMT

    Ahmed Shehzad has no potential to be captain. The guy has disciplinary issues and attitude problems. Can't be having that in someone who'll be leading the side. I agree with Misbah partially, Azhar Ali knows what he's doing. He focuses more on test cricket rather than the limited others formats, which is essential. And Umar Akmal needs his time before he can be handed the huge responsibility.

  • on June 7, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    Umar Akmal as a potential captain? What a joke, the only proper captain in the team at the moment is Younis.

  • on June 7, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    May be they should groom Ahmed Shehzad as captain for all three formats.

  • on June 7, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Azhar Ali can be the right choice both in ODI and Test. Those who saying Azhar has less strokes in ODI have no cricket sense... He is really talented should be handed over captaincy... Else groom Ahmad Shahzad else groom Nasir Jamshed else groom Sami Aslam

  • sami01 on June 7, 2014, 2:54 GMT

    These two are not even captaining any side in domestic level then how is it possible that these two will be good captain?Umer akmal doesn't even know how to bat in different situations..azhar ali is good in test only..

  • on June 6, 2014, 21:31 GMT

    I am surprised at Umar Akmal's name.... he cant handle the pressure not a captaincy material if he becomes the captain Pakistani team will even loose from UAE too... Azhar might be the right choice but he doesn't have too many strokes to play ODI cricket

  • on June 6, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    i think umer akmal should be captain for odis and t20s and for test fawad alam should be captain both of them are very talented and agressive players i think misbah is ryt because he knows them he played with them in the fielsd and i dnt think any of us can judge anyone better then calm king misbah.

  • Saadcricketlover on June 6, 2014, 0:19 GMT

    What about Fawad Alam. He has the potential and has shown that he is a controled and a smart batsman better than misbah. He can also bowl part time. He should be made the ODI captain. For test matches Younis khan is the best choice he is an experienced player. Umar Akmal or Abdul Razzaq could the t20 team. But there is no hope for Razzaq because PCB has treated him very unfairly.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on June 5, 2014, 23:12 GMT

    i am surprised with misbah statement. i completely disagree with him. Hafeez should have been kept for captaincy in limited over cricket and they should have tried to groom Ahmad Shahazad along with him. as much as i like Umar Akmal as a player i would hate him seeing a captain as he is not that material at all. I think its a ideal time to give a chance to shahazad in t20's. My team for world cup would be: (1) Ahmad Shahzad (2) Nasir Jamshed (3) Hafeez (4) Misbah (5) Sohaib Maqsood/fawad alam (6) Umar Akmal (7) Afridi (8) Anwar Al/gul (9) Ajmal (10) junaid (11) Irfan

  • on June 5, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    Azhar Ali will bw an automatic choice after Misbah's retirement from Tests. He might be Good for ODIs aswell.Meanwhile Ahmad Shahzad, Umar Akmal & Umar Amin should be given the captaincy of thier respective Domestic teams so they can be Groomed on field as well...

  • on June 5, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    The sad fact of the hugely gifted Pak Cricket Team is that the cricketing establishment keeps getting over-turned now and then. So, mid to long term plans may not work. Great injustice to a fabulous ensemble of cricketing talent. Wish, Pak Cricket Team the very best.

  • on June 5, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    And Misbah is spot on about captaincy here. It is time to look forward and for that PCB needs to start grooming a young captain now. Hafeez resigned from vice- captaincy and we do not currently have a T-20 captain either. Now is the time to identify a young cricketer who can later replace Misbah; give him the responsibility of the vice-captain and T-20 skipper, and let him be groomed under Misbah.

  • hellothereeveryone on June 5, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    Both Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal are great choices as captain. Azhar Ali in tests and ODIs and Umer Akmal in T20s. People who critcise their batting for any reason should provide solid reason to do so. Its not personal liking and disliking. Azhar Ali has been a great performer in tests and ODIs whereas Umer Akmal has performed outstandingly in T20s. Umer can be erratic at times but even the best batsmen in the world can be erratic when it comes to T20s as that is the way T20s are supposed to be played. Umer has a great record to back him up in T20s especially in these days when the enitre Pakistan team is going through a batting crisis and there are very few quality batsman around. I agree they should be given all the confidence for the betterment of Pakistan cricket.

  • Junaidddd on June 5, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    why not Afridi? he made us reach SEMI FINALS IN ODI WORLD CUP ! & SINGLE HANDEDLY won t20 World cup with his batting and bowling ! Umar Akmal is great player sometimes ! but Umar Akmal needs minimum 4 years to prepare for that & Pray More & become cool ! but as t20 i think Umar should be given a chance & lets see whats his temper & abilities as captain! the good Umar Akmal is already working on hi wicket keeping , so for odi's pls leave him alone for sometime, let him establish himself as a Batsman & Wicket keeper like Dhoni!

    best of luck to all.

  • on June 5, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    I dont feel that Umar Akmal is captaincy material, he does not have the temperament and nor the proper sense of planning and executing. Azhar Ali on the other hand is an excellent option, I have always pushed for Azhar filling in Misbah's spot after Misbah's retirement and I feel that Azhar is capable of leading both the test and odi side. All those who claim that Azhar cant play odis, please correct yourself, check out his odi series against SL in the UAE he twice scores 90+ with a good strike rate while the entire team got dismissed, kinda like what misbah always does

  • on June 5, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    y v are sticking with the batsman as a captain , i think history has revealed that in pakistan cricket its the bowlers that had great impact and record as a captain, depending upon the nature and style of play.so in my humble opinion a bowler with aggressive nature suits more to pakistan cricket because of their style of play. 2ndly bowlers are always better planners than batsman, so keeping that in mind, i think junaid khan or Umar gul will be very good choices for captaincy in ODIs & T-20s and can be groomed. and as for as tests are concerned younis should be given charge for at-least 2 years after Misbah's departure, in that phase these players can be groomed as test captains as well.

  • on June 5, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    Azhar is a good option for tests. Nobody can be sure about Umar akmal though. We can add Ahmed Shehzad and Fawad Alam in the list. Fawad may be filling in the space of Misbah/Younas in middle order soon. Umar Amin was promoted a lot as a future captain but has failed to perform.

    i think the best option is to make Ahmed,Umar,Fawad,Azhar captain of their domestic teams if they are not at the moment. by this they will be able to start thinking like a captain. and it can add up to the experience.

  • on June 5, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    He is saying rightly, Azher, Umer.akmal and Umer Amin.

  • on June 5, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    It is always easy for the Pakistani selectors to choose a captain, because almost anyone can captain their side!!! There have been times when as many as 8 -9 players in a Pakistani team have been captains!!!

  • Aju.Nair on June 5, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    I feel Azhar can lead the test and ODI teams and Umar can lead T20Is..Ahmad Shazad can be the vice captain in all formats and can be groomed considering his age....they should bring back Fahad Alam to all the teams as his batting record is impressive..Misbah should continue to lead the test team and ODI teams till 2015 world cup which I feel will be his last international match..Misbah even at this age performs consistently and should have to be retained till 2015 WC..

  • on June 5, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    Its wrong that Umer Perform only against loose teams his best scores in all formats are agianst best team IN ODI against Srilanka IN T20 Aganist Australi IN test Aganist NZ,

  • Chennai_Cricket on June 5, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    I am a indian, I like only one pakistani player, that is misbah, he is very calm person, he is the right person for pakistan coach in future.

  • on June 5, 2014, 1:55 GMT

    Some players improve when given responsibility maybe this is the boost these two need!! Ali for tests and umar for odi and t20!! Perfect!!

  • Taimor-016 on June 4, 2014, 22:39 GMT

    Well honestly, first of all Pakistan should pick a young captain for T20. I think that Ahmad Shahzad is the best option. Grooming him from now would help him a lot.

    For tests, I think Azhar is the best option only if Misbah plays tests after 2015 World Cup. If he retires soon after the World Cup from tests then I would say they should make Younus Khan captain for at least an year. Just like when BCCI made Anil Kumble tests catain for over an years time.

    Once Misbah leaves ODI's then I don't know who should be the captain. If I were the chairman, I would go for Fawad Alam.

    However, Umar Akmal isn't a good choice at all. He is still not mature enough. Look at how quickly Shahzad has matured. That's why he deserves to be the captain.

    I hope PCB makes a sensible decision for T20 captaincy and then for the other two formats once Misbah leaves.

  • on June 4, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    Both do not have the right frame of mind required to become a captain. Azhar Ali, well of his 60 Test Innings I guess there have been hardly two to three which have really benefited the team. And Umar Akmal, should really understand his role as a "Player" before being given the opportunity to lead...

  • Hassanmir on June 4, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    couldn't agree with Misbah more. should add shahzad in the mix as well. Its time to groom a new captain and no u turns by looking at hafeez, younis or afridi.

  • Desihungama on June 4, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    Umar Akmal? Seriously Misbah? Azhar Ali should be your next Test captain but I would also consider Fawad Alam given the cool and thinking head he carries.

  • on June 4, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    Akmal Should be the captain.. he has good records as well

  • on June 4, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    This is totally wrong he is not a good caption by him self and he selecting the future caption... I thin PCB just westing time they should terminate Mesbah as caption and if possible to take him out from ODI squad also... make Afridi ODI and T20 Caption he is a fighter and he can win the world cup... for the future they have to make Azhar Ali a voice caption in ODI and running test caption from now on... Ahmad Shihzad would be a better choice for T20 as voice caption who will take responsibility after w15 from Afridi... this is how pak cricket will save other wise these nonsense will not work any more.

  • on June 4, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    Good decision , Umer akmal has all the abilities to lead Pakistan in all formats of the game , but if he will be allowed to work freely .

  • Alexk400 on June 4, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Both do not qualify as captains because of their natural inclination on skill over leadership

  • dmqi on June 4, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    It is sad that PCB is looking for only one out of 11 to take captaincy and we are not sure who that could be. For the last 3-4 years they could not figure out that Afridi and Hafiz do not have the quality or age to become captain. Misbah is too late to groom a captain, he should have asked one at least 2 years back to groom. Umar Akmal is not reliable, he may have back pain again. Azhar and Fuad Alam, Captain and deputy. I can see better than PCB.

  • ihaq1 on June 4, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    one finds it very hard to think of players as captains who have brushes with the law...Umar akmal is a good player in the smaller formats but seems to lack sense and responsibility...senior players should be considered for teh captaincy especially those who can handle teh pressure from teh board and teh team...azhar ali can be regarded as a test captain but even he does not get selected regularly...those players who want to be captain should establish themselves in teh team and learn first to play responsibly...the board should see who is considered mature in teh dressing room as well as teh playing field...respect of other players and being consistent is another thing that should be developed...obviously learning to talk to the players and showing good cricketing knowledge are necessary too...i suppose at this stage shezad ahmed, umar akmal and afridi can be considered...it is usually best to go into a tournament with your best minds...umar gul and saeed ajmal can also be tried...

  • on June 4, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    Yes I agree with Misbah, PCB should groom future captains, Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal can surely become future captains and some other players like Shehzad,Manzoor,Sarfraz e.t.c can also become captains. Sarfraz Ahmed should be given a chance in ODIs and T20s too because he's a good wicket keeper and he can give pakistan quick 20-30 runs in the lower order or build a partnership with a set middle order batsman. Umar Akmal should only play as a middle order batsman, that way he will only focus on his batting and not wicket keeping. Sarfraz ahmed can become a future captain because he captained the world cup winning U-19 Pakistan team(I think so),he captained the departments t20 domestic winning team Port qasim.

  • aminur3095 on June 4, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    When Azhar Ali has started playing for Pakistan and played a couple of test matches or so, I commented on an article mentioning him as the future captain and now I'm really happy to listen that from Misbah but at the same time I strongly disagree with Misbah on Umar Akmal issue. I don't think Umar as a captain will be successful but he can be an explosive batsman if he gets the confidence and proper chance, that's for sure. Azhar Ali is the right choice to me but beside that Ahmed Shehzad is becoming a strong contender for the place, at least for the ODI captaincy. Azhar should get a regular place in both Test and ODI playing eleven as he's got the ability to establish himself as a dependable middle order batsman across both the formats and of course if the PCB wants him as the future captain. Ahmed Shehzad can be the ODI and T20 captain but before handing over the ODI captaincy,he has to be successful as the T20 captain only. But immediately after Misbah, I see Azhar as the captain.

  • Ab_ki_baar_Pakistan on June 4, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Yes, truly said Misbah. Misbah, you are the best available option in Pakistan team for captaincy. You are most sensible, educated, calm & composed, fittest, consistent player in the team. Best of luck for the 2015 WC. Keep your good work up.

    I will recommend Ahmad Shahzad for ODI & Umar Akmal for T20 as a future Captain.

  • Leghari_A on June 4, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    wht are they all talking abt??? umar akmal as captain. he is brash and irresponsible. to me only two men shhould even be considered. azhar ali yes and ahmad shehzad. no third option at all. ive heard ahmad shehzad give interviews and he does seem to hav good cricketing sense. plus he is aggressive lill fellow. i think he can carry our team forward.

  • on June 4, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    If at all the statement has come from one of the most distinguished captain Pakistan has ever produced, Misbah ! there's much more sense abt it.He might have thought umpteen no of times b4 making recommendations abt two.So the board without taking no time should make Azhar as a VC in tests & Kumar as VC IN ODIs & T20s.Its the best future bet for glorious cricketing future for Pakistan to come.

  • on June 4, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    bad thinking from misbah akmal is a total failure only perform against poor opposition

  • on June 4, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    AHMED SHAHZAD should be our next ODI captain & FAWAD ALAM as Vice Captain In TESTs AZHAR ALI as Captain & SARFARAZ AHMED as Vice Captain.

  • on June 4, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    It is a joy to hear and read Misbah's views. One of the most level-headed cricketers in our team and a person who's love for the game is evident from everything he does- be it his performance or speech. You never hear him making tall claims, giving irresponsible statements or criticizing any of the players, be them current or former, in public. The best man that there can ever be to lead a national side at the international level.

  • malepas on June 4, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    I think they should name Azhar VC for test and Umer for ODI straight away, I'm very impressed with cricketing knowledge Umer has as I have heard him during keeping and batting talking to other players about the fielding positions and tactics of opponents, he seems to have very sharp mind and read the game very well. Don't know about Azhar much but if Misbah recommends him and as he got lots of experience at national level, best to see how he does in international games, I think Umer has more attacking streak to him then Azhar.

  • on June 4, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Didn't know that Umar is captaining any domestic team. Anyway, PCB should groom young captain now. They have already delayed it alot. And just looking back in circles .

    Azhar might be a good choice for tests. About umar akmal i am not too sure. Ahmed shehzad is another option for limited overs format. And we can also look towards Fawad Alam as he may be filling the shoes of misbah/younas etc in the middle overs.

    T20 captain has not been selected yet so its good to start it from there. they will hardly play less than 10 t20i till next world cup. so its better to give that chance to some one new.

  • on June 4, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Now board should take syep

  • on June 4, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    a fair comments and good gesture from Misbah no doubt responsibility should be put on youngster to make full use of it.

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  • on June 4, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    a fair comments and good gesture from Misbah no doubt responsibility should be put on youngster to make full use of it.

  • on June 4, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Now board should take syep

  • on June 4, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Didn't know that Umar is captaining any domestic team. Anyway, PCB should groom young captain now. They have already delayed it alot. And just looking back in circles .

    Azhar might be a good choice for tests. About umar akmal i am not too sure. Ahmed shehzad is another option for limited overs format. And we can also look towards Fawad Alam as he may be filling the shoes of misbah/younas etc in the middle overs.

    T20 captain has not been selected yet so its good to start it from there. they will hardly play less than 10 t20i till next world cup. so its better to give that chance to some one new.

  • malepas on June 4, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    I think they should name Azhar VC for test and Umer for ODI straight away, I'm very impressed with cricketing knowledge Umer has as I have heard him during keeping and batting talking to other players about the fielding positions and tactics of opponents, he seems to have very sharp mind and read the game very well. Don't know about Azhar much but if Misbah recommends him and as he got lots of experience at national level, best to see how he does in international games, I think Umer has more attacking streak to him then Azhar.

  • on June 4, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    It is a joy to hear and read Misbah's views. One of the most level-headed cricketers in our team and a person who's love for the game is evident from everything he does- be it his performance or speech. You never hear him making tall claims, giving irresponsible statements or criticizing any of the players, be them current or former, in public. The best man that there can ever be to lead a national side at the international level.

  • on June 4, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    AHMED SHAHZAD should be our next ODI captain & FAWAD ALAM as Vice Captain In TESTs AZHAR ALI as Captain & SARFARAZ AHMED as Vice Captain.

  • on June 4, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    bad thinking from misbah akmal is a total failure only perform against poor opposition

  • on June 4, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    If at all the statement has come from one of the most distinguished captain Pakistan has ever produced, Misbah ! there's much more sense abt it.He might have thought umpteen no of times b4 making recommendations abt two.So the board without taking no time should make Azhar as a VC in tests & Kumar as VC IN ODIs & T20s.Its the best future bet for glorious cricketing future for Pakistan to come.

  • Leghari_A on June 4, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    wht are they all talking abt??? umar akmal as captain. he is brash and irresponsible. to me only two men shhould even be considered. azhar ali yes and ahmad shehzad. no third option at all. ive heard ahmad shehzad give interviews and he does seem to hav good cricketing sense. plus he is aggressive lill fellow. i think he can carry our team forward.

  • Ab_ki_baar_Pakistan on June 4, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Yes, truly said Misbah. Misbah, you are the best available option in Pakistan team for captaincy. You are most sensible, educated, calm & composed, fittest, consistent player in the team. Best of luck for the 2015 WC. Keep your good work up.

    I will recommend Ahmad Shahzad for ODI & Umar Akmal for T20 as a future Captain.