Pakistan news September 2, 2014

'Lack of match practice' cost Pakistan in SL - Misbah

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Misbah-ul-Haq: "Our momentum got broken because of lack of cricket" © AFP

Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain, has put his team's below-par performance on last month's tour to Sri Lanka down to a "lack of match practice".

"Lack of cricket was the big thing, the players did their best, they fought well," Misbah said. "[But] our momentum got broken because of lack of cricket. There was a big gap after Asia Cup [in March] and we didn't have much match practice and that's why we looked out of sorts, we lacked match practice and we couldn't handle it."

Pakistan lost the Test series 2-0 and the ODIs 2-1 to Sri Lanka, prompting concern from the board ahead of the 2015 World Cup. Subsequently, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan had summoned Misbah and others from the team management for meetings.

Misbah, speaking after his meeting with Khan, said: "We talked about the future and how should we plan for the World Cup. We also talked about recent series and why our performance was so bad. Overall it was a good meeting."

Misbah's own form also came in for criticism during the tour, where he averaged 16.75 in the Tests and 22.33 in the ODIs. He said while he understood his responsibility as one of the senior batsman, he couldn't afford to let the pressure get to him.

"If I take pressure it won't solve the problem," he said. "My contribution as a batsman was not there and it was a big factor, and I should do more work on my basics and try to come back into form as soon as possible. When you play as a senior batsman in the team your contribution is very important, [but] pressure is always there in international cricket and if you think too much about it, it won't solve the problem."

He also hinted at having issues with the selection process. "As a captain, I can only give my suggestions to the selectors," he said. "They listen to me but sometimes the team is not according to what you want. Obviously everyone has his opinion on selection matters but at the end, collective opinion is taken into consideration while finalising team."

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  • on September 4, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    First of all i am a pak fan and i must say something here to those fans who think getting to the semis of the last wc was a big achievement.

    The group stage was easy, pak was going to get through that anyway and then a relatively easy qf cs west indies, when they finally came up to a game that was difficult in india, they lost so it wasnt that big of an achievement unfortunately and to become captain, the player must perform himself aswell, afridis form is down itself whether its batting or bowling, so how can u make him captain.

  • on September 4, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Dear Ms. Saba Saeed Sheikh what about 2011 World Cup. Pakistan reach semifinal in the Captaincy of Shahid Afridi… and our PM have given the match to India, did you saw that? I agree that this is team failure but when you take credit of wining then……. Now Pakistan have no time to experiment. If you remove Hafeez / SHARJEL / Afridi and more than for big tournament you have replacement?

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on September 4, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    Its about time we make a move and make Afridi ODI and T20 captain drop Misbah and we are good to go.

  • on September 4, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    I want to asked all who wants Pakistan Cricket Team to win that why our batsman hit the ball like woman? Why not they hit the ball powerfully so it goes out of Boundary Line. Since long I am seeing they are giving very simple catch. If they didn't have power to hit six then they should play ground shorts only.

  • mzm149 on September 4, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    1. Ahmed Shehzad 2. Nasir Jamshed 3. Fawad Alam 4. Sohaib Maqsood 5. Misbah ul Haq 6. Mohammad Hafeez / Shahid Afridi 7. Umar Akmal / Sarfraz Ahmed 8. Wahab Riaz 9. Saeed Ajmal 10. Junaid Khan 11. Mohammad Irfan

    This seems to be the right playing XI for World Cup. They should give confidence to players that they would would not be dropped till World Cup and they have to give their best to remain in the team.

  • on September 4, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    I MUST say there are major changes required in the Pakistan Team, let first talk about Openers. There must be a right hander and left hander combination like Ahmed Shahzad and Nasir Jamshed (which requires some more games)

    In the middle you can have player like Shoaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam

    There must be 2 special spinners in the team like Zulfiqar Babar & Saeed Ajmal which can be rotated in between depending upon the game plan.

    Fast Bowlers are key here in the form of Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan & Talha right arm fast medium

    A specialized wicket-keeper needs to be within the Team in the form of Sarfarz Ahmed

    Now comes a crucial & millionaire question the captain, i think an agressive caption to be within the team like Afridi so it upon selection Team to either select Misbah or Afridi but there is no place of Hafeez in the team as he has issues against seam bowling and pace which will b problem for him. If they plays with this combination I'm sure pak can win worldcup

  • on September 4, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    if dhoni have not drop sehwag, gambir, yuvraj, zaheer, nehra, har bhajan, he would never have won champions trophy and see the performance in england now, that is how a captain makes a winning combinations. every one will perform if they know that if they dont perform they will be out. i will suggest that pick misbah only as player who bat at 3. and make shezad the captain

    it is not that i am comparing, it is all about giving what role to which player

    ramiz raja= ahmed shezad amir sohail= shan masood/ nasir jamshed imran khan= misbah javed = younis inzamam = sohaib salim malik= harris sohail wasim akram= anwar ali moin khan= sarfraz ahmed aqib javed = junaid khan saqlain mushi= saeed ajmal ........ = muhamad irfan

  • THEBEAST7 on September 4, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    Afridi may not have picked up wickets OR scored heavily recently but he is the best bet for the captains post right now. If anyone can guide this team to the 2015 WC final, Afridi is the man. He came close in 2011. Pakistan has a good team. Thay need to fine tune the batting line up a bit. Drop Sarjeel. Send Akmal in as an attacking opener with in form Shehzad (IF ONLY umar akmal understand the value of his wicket and pride his place in the national team. Right now he plays like an alien)I believe Misbah should remain in the team as a specialist batsman. Alam should bat at 4. Rest will take care of itself. I still think Afridi should open the innings to rattle other bowling line ups which will help Pakistan to score real big. But with the likes of Ajmal, Hafeez, Junaid, M.Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Afridi etc, even 230 is a good score to defend (Miss you ASIF). All the best guys. A Sri Lankan supporter...

  • plumblbw on September 4, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    When I assume removing Misbah from captaincy, I'm afraid no one else is eligible. Afridi is extremely self centered, he loves to be admired, wants to be in latest advertisements and he wants to pose. If Misbah is told to attack, take it head on, bat at 3, and hit hard as much as he can, then we might make it to semis of WC. This world cup will contribute to the fall of Afridi, Younis and probably Misbah. Just like the 2003 WC made Wasim, Waqar, Saeed depart, 2007 helped Inzimam and Ross Taylor ended AbdulRazzaq and Shoaib Akhtar's over stay with 30 runs over each.

  • umars101 on September 4, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    i think pakistan should get rid of the players who take their place for granted like umar akmal, shahid afridi ,mohammad hafeez.they are like the dead wood in the team.And also we cannot change captain till world cup then the team will be in no position at all to play.Offcourse misbah has been on the defensive side but he has to go sooner or later.

  • on September 4, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    First of all i am a pak fan and i must say something here to those fans who think getting to the semis of the last wc was a big achievement.

    The group stage was easy, pak was going to get through that anyway and then a relatively easy qf cs west indies, when they finally came up to a game that was difficult in india, they lost so it wasnt that big of an achievement unfortunately and to become captain, the player must perform himself aswell, afridis form is down itself whether its batting or bowling, so how can u make him captain.

  • on September 4, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Dear Ms. Saba Saeed Sheikh what about 2011 World Cup. Pakistan reach semifinal in the Captaincy of Shahid Afridi… and our PM have given the match to India, did you saw that? I agree that this is team failure but when you take credit of wining then……. Now Pakistan have no time to experiment. If you remove Hafeez / SHARJEL / Afridi and more than for big tournament you have replacement?

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on September 4, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    Its about time we make a move and make Afridi ODI and T20 captain drop Misbah and we are good to go.

  • on September 4, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    I want to asked all who wants Pakistan Cricket Team to win that why our batsman hit the ball like woman? Why not they hit the ball powerfully so it goes out of Boundary Line. Since long I am seeing they are giving very simple catch. If they didn't have power to hit six then they should play ground shorts only.

  • mzm149 on September 4, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    1. Ahmed Shehzad 2. Nasir Jamshed 3. Fawad Alam 4. Sohaib Maqsood 5. Misbah ul Haq 6. Mohammad Hafeez / Shahid Afridi 7. Umar Akmal / Sarfraz Ahmed 8. Wahab Riaz 9. Saeed Ajmal 10. Junaid Khan 11. Mohammad Irfan

    This seems to be the right playing XI for World Cup. They should give confidence to players that they would would not be dropped till World Cup and they have to give their best to remain in the team.

  • on September 4, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    I MUST say there are major changes required in the Pakistan Team, let first talk about Openers. There must be a right hander and left hander combination like Ahmed Shahzad and Nasir Jamshed (which requires some more games)

    In the middle you can have player like Shoaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam

    There must be 2 special spinners in the team like Zulfiqar Babar & Saeed Ajmal which can be rotated in between depending upon the game plan.

    Fast Bowlers are key here in the form of Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan & Talha right arm fast medium

    A specialized wicket-keeper needs to be within the Team in the form of Sarfarz Ahmed

    Now comes a crucial & millionaire question the captain, i think an agressive caption to be within the team like Afridi so it upon selection Team to either select Misbah or Afridi but there is no place of Hafeez in the team as he has issues against seam bowling and pace which will b problem for him. If they plays with this combination I'm sure pak can win worldcup

  • on September 4, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    if dhoni have not drop sehwag, gambir, yuvraj, zaheer, nehra, har bhajan, he would never have won champions trophy and see the performance in england now, that is how a captain makes a winning combinations. every one will perform if they know that if they dont perform they will be out. i will suggest that pick misbah only as player who bat at 3. and make shezad the captain

    it is not that i am comparing, it is all about giving what role to which player

    ramiz raja= ahmed shezad amir sohail= shan masood/ nasir jamshed imran khan= misbah javed = younis inzamam = sohaib salim malik= harris sohail wasim akram= anwar ali moin khan= sarfraz ahmed aqib javed = junaid khan saqlain mushi= saeed ajmal ........ = muhamad irfan

  • THEBEAST7 on September 4, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    Afridi may not have picked up wickets OR scored heavily recently but he is the best bet for the captains post right now. If anyone can guide this team to the 2015 WC final, Afridi is the man. He came close in 2011. Pakistan has a good team. Thay need to fine tune the batting line up a bit. Drop Sarjeel. Send Akmal in as an attacking opener with in form Shehzad (IF ONLY umar akmal understand the value of his wicket and pride his place in the national team. Right now he plays like an alien)I believe Misbah should remain in the team as a specialist batsman. Alam should bat at 4. Rest will take care of itself. I still think Afridi should open the innings to rattle other bowling line ups which will help Pakistan to score real big. But with the likes of Ajmal, Hafeez, Junaid, M.Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Afridi etc, even 230 is a good score to defend (Miss you ASIF). All the best guys. A Sri Lankan supporter...

  • plumblbw on September 4, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    When I assume removing Misbah from captaincy, I'm afraid no one else is eligible. Afridi is extremely self centered, he loves to be admired, wants to be in latest advertisements and he wants to pose. If Misbah is told to attack, take it head on, bat at 3, and hit hard as much as he can, then we might make it to semis of WC. This world cup will contribute to the fall of Afridi, Younis and probably Misbah. Just like the 2003 WC made Wasim, Waqar, Saeed depart, 2007 helped Inzimam and Ross Taylor ended AbdulRazzaq and Shoaib Akhtar's over stay with 30 runs over each.

  • umars101 on September 4, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    i think pakistan should get rid of the players who take their place for granted like umar akmal, shahid afridi ,mohammad hafeez.they are like the dead wood in the team.And also we cannot change captain till world cup then the team will be in no position at all to play.Offcourse misbah has been on the defensive side but he has to go sooner or later.

  • plumblbw on September 4, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    Pak should bring in Sami Aslam as an opener. Fawad Alam at 3, Misbah at 4, then Sohaib and Akmal. Sohaib and Akmal can only come before Misbah if they give an affidavit of playing 30 balls without taking risks. Time and again these two play rash shots before settling down. If Shehzad is not put under pressure by his frequently and quickly leaving partners and Sohaib and Akmal can learn to stay by rotating strikes and improving their defence against quality spinners, I'm quite hopeful, Pakistan would exhibit a good batting display. In bowling, the 7 feet giant should complete his quota before 35th over. He's miserable in the last ten. Wahab Riaz is a blessing with yorkers at 140 ks . Only problem is Junaid, who was getting offline again and again. Ajmal has more failures while bowling at death. Both ajmal and Junaid may not be given more than 4 in the last 10.

  • plumblbw on September 4, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    This excuse means nothing's gonna change. Pakistan crumbled against pressure created by Angelo Mathews. Neither perera nor Herath are that deadly wicket takers. Herath could not take South African tail enders few days ago. Pakistan slide again and again when pressure is exerted upon. 450 runs in the first innings without any practice and 102 in the last after six international practice matches. Waqar younis has a forgettable record. He was captain of the first time first round exiting squad in 2003. He was skipper when pak crashed twice around 50 in a test against Australia in UAE. Afridi is now wicketless for six matches and he's a major negative influence on all players. He would not perform unless he's being kicked out. He plays for himself. Afridi, Younis, Sharjeel and Hafeez should must be dropped. We won't mind loosing with a fighting team rather than the one that gives funny excuses.

  • Nortox on September 3, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    If this true than with match practice team should have performed well instead the first teat yielded more runs than second and last ODi when U all should be in form and firing was the worst.. Its all due to poor selection for tour, then for match and lack of implementation of skipper as well as team part. If a bowler is not good at yorkers and slow ones should he be given death overs constantly.. Misbah is a poor, unplanned and least creative captain in world cricket may be at par with Cook. Na worst than cook ...

  • on September 3, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    Dear Misbah please don't blame Misbah & Co failure to match practice, all of you are a professional Cricketer and for that all of you well paid also so do your homework properly and force your team to does the same and please remember Practice Make a Man Perfect. If International teams are not coming to Pakistan then you have hole Pakistan population available @ PCB disposal so don't make lame excuses. You & Co can't play Perera then how all of you play top fast bowlers in Australia & New Zealand (simple out swing & simple outside off stump ball all of you cannot play, shame shame shame). Remember all of you chosen from 18 Million people of Pakistan to represent Pakistan so realize your responsibilities and does the needful urgently.

  • t20cric on September 3, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    If we're talking about the world cup squad then I think we need drastic changes from the current squad. Drop Sharjeel Khan, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Talha(he wouldn't have done much even if he played). Bring in Nasir Jamshed or Sami Aslam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Hammad Azam or Bilawal Bhatti and Sadaf Hussain. That way the squad will be Ahmed Shehzad, Sami Aslam/Nasir Jamshed, Fawad Alam, Sohaib Maqsood, Misbah-ul-haq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Hammad Azam/Bilawal Bhatti, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Sadaf Hussain, Younis Khan, Zulfiqar Babar, Mohammad Hafeez. If Ajmal is banned then bring Raza Hassan as a replacement for him. If Younis Khan is not in the squad then bring Haris Sohail. Make this squad go to Australia or NZ right after the end of the NZ series. The team would be arriving almost 2 months before their 1st wc game. They should be playing at least 1-2 practice matches per week while there & give every player at least 5 practice games.

  • on September 3, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    FOR WORLD CUP Hafeez & Shehzad should open , Sohaib Maqsood shoud come second, then Misbah at 3, then Fawad, then finishers Umar Akmal(not at 2!), Then Afridi, Then Anwar Ali (allrounder,great hitter & SWING bowler like Kumar from India), Then Ajmal, then Junaid Khan or Umar Gul (according to fitness), then Irfan.

    WAQAR & MISBAH brothers, like this u will have almost 8 batsman & 3 fast bowlers, 3 spinners , THATS A RISK FREE COMBINATION for World Cup :)

    u have done this combination in second odi 27 nov on bouncy South African tracks successfully. best of luck :)

  • on September 3, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    Pakistan lacks match practise because the last team that toured there (Sri Lanka) were shot at by terrorists. They must play their "home" games in front of empty stadiums in the Middle East. Pakistan's cricket problems have nothing to do with cricket.

  • Z.Saleem on September 3, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    I agree with Misbah here, and I thought that Pak will loose 2-0 and 3-0 but they at least won one match.....When I saw their fixtures and saw that there was no friendly 3-4 day game before the tests, I immediately had concerns. The board should have organised tournaments or series with the minnows like Ireland, Netherlands, or Afghanistan who were all free, so its their own fault. I am a huge Afridi fan but think we should stick with Misbah as the WC 2015 is just around the corner and we cannot afford to change the captain now. Also I am a bit worried about the bowling forms of Afridi and Junaid, they have been really poor!

  • TheProfPak on September 3, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    It's not a good time to change captains, I agree. We must not then expect to win WC15 either. Pakistan would hardly go through first round with so much feared mentality. Where was Misbah when PCB were making them super athletes in a ridiculous physical training camp. I have not seen any player super fit in last series either. Was that not a time to keep playing domestic/county cricket? Who told PCB that super fit players will win you crunch matches. Mental toughness will be gained only by playing tough cricket. Why Misbah has not been able to settle for a stable team despite being captain for 4 years now.

    The only answer is that he is playing for himself only. He is a super defensive captain having no ability to inspire the young talent. As a result talented players like U. Akmal, F. Alam and S. Maqsood are being destroyed.

  • Sachit1979 on September 3, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    Pakistan selectors should take some risk and give chance to players like Saeed Anwar Jnr, Adnaan Rasool, Raza Hasan, Shahzaib Hasan, Imran Nazir and Hammad Azam by resting seniors like Afridi, Hafeez, Ajmal, Younis Khan and Junaid Khan for a series or 2. This way unity of team would also be redeemed and atleast few of these youngsters would be able to come out with strong performances and build their case for world cup ticket. At this moment, PCB selectors look exhausted with options they have and they desperately need to look beyond existing pool of players.

  • xylofon on September 3, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Its so funny how so many people around the world are smarter than the people in charge of the team! ; ) Its clear from reading the comments here and other forums. I think many comments here are really intelligent, for ex. spotting weak footwork, what conditions different players are good at etc. Im learning a lot. : )

    Its also interesting that Misbah is unhappy with the selection as well! This is a pakistani cultural problem, we do not let the competent people in and country does not move forward in any context. Look at Pak football, for the moment the talent bank is overseas players (I could work miracles) but unfair selection is holding success back. Really really tired to see this pattern.

    Misbah is so controversial, I feel he is an ok batsmen even for ODI if played early in the match. Captaincy yes for test HELL NO for ODI. That should settle his place.

    Afridi as a captain? No thanks, MAYBE in T20 if he CONCENTRATES on cricket and opens batting.

    Forget Maqsood folks.

  • cricworld77 on September 3, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    Blaming captain for every lost game is tradition in Pakistan, which can never be changed. When Afridi was captain in the past, people wanted to remove him from cataincy, the same people wants him back as captain. Ridiculous.

  • on September 3, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Pakistan needs lots of match practice like the captain says to make a comeback in world cricket. If they don't get international exposure , how can they face the pressure and rigours of batting in front of crowds . To overcome this problem the cricketers must play local tournaments arranged by the PCB , otherwise I'm sorry to say Pakistan's cricket is finished.

  • on September 3, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    Wrong to make Misbah the scapegoat. It was a team failure and that's it. Why Afridi should be the captain is mind-boggling. He has proved to be a pathetic captain in the past-so what if he led Pakistan to the T-20 win? He isn't a great tactician either, but most importantly he lacks the temperament that is needed to lead the team. His form has been pathetic with the bat and ball. Open your eyes and realize that the flaw doesn't lie in Misbah's captaincy but the players. We didn't lose the series because of Misbah's captaincy, but because the players didn't perform. It is no surprise that we were humiliated in this manner-could have happened often in the past but Misbah had been saving the team's blushes throughout last year. When HE didn't perform, the batsmen could barely amass 100 runs. The bowlers let us down as well. It was a team failure, not Misbah the captain or Misbah the batsman's failure.

  • Shahzadhussan on September 3, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    Consistent presence of Misbah in the team actually cost Pakistan. if PCB keeps Misbah as captain that would mean they are totally satisfied with the performance and WC preparation, no cricket fan should have any interest in WC. This not the first series Pakistan lost. Just look at last 4/5 series and performance of Misbah as a player and as captain will tell itself whether he deserve place in the team.

  • on September 3, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    Chairman PCB must not get stubborn and remove Misbah as captain of the Pakistan team. We have 2 good options in Younis and Afridi. Although its a tough decision as Younis is making a comeback in ODIs and its yet to be seen how he performs but the probability is high with him as he is a great batsman. The other captiancy option Afridi is in a very poor bowling form. I just hope he regains form soon. The one advantage of Afridi as captain is that he will then bat more sensibly and with more responsibility. Its a tough decision but it must be made if we want to see Pakistan doing well in Worldcup.

  • hoodbu on September 3, 2014, 2:31 GMT

    Australia had just as big a layoff as Pakistan, but they scored 350 in their first game against Zimbabwe. Pakistan wouldn't have scored that much against Zimbabwe no matter how much practice they had. So rustiness is not an excuse.

    Misbah needs to change gears and rotate the strike more regularly, as is the requirement in ODIs. There are enough talented players in the side now in Fawad, Umar, and Sohaib. Replace Sharjeel with Azhar and you have a pretty solid lineup on paper. They now need to execute and play to their abilities.

  • cricchanel.com on September 3, 2014, 0:52 GMT

    Cricket history reveals that Pakistan Cricket Team is always poor in chasing the target and the strength of Pakistan Cricket Team is bowling. But now we could see that Pakistan do not loss the series with any of the historic reasons. They chased 250 in first ODI. Actually some of the players even do not make mistakes; I would say they are not capable of playing at International ODI Cricket. They have poor attitude and technical that is required to play ODI cricket. Pakistan cricket board and the new Head honorable Mr. Shaharyar must take an immediate action for poor selection of team and to rule out such imprudent players.

  • getsetgopk on September 3, 2014, 0:49 GMT

    @Desihungama: Agree, when Misbah was first appointed as captain I thought he's new (though old in age) to international cricket and that with time he'll become a very good captain but he's just stayed where he was. A limited player both in mind and practice.

  • IAS2009 on September 2, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    Pakistan team has been plagued with too many old players, who all have passed their prime, they have nothing to look forward to. it is PCB fault not to give chances to young players and relying too much on old players, now they have replace all players in their high 30s there will be 6 5-6 people out of team, Paksitan has no chance in WC with Misbah in charge, why not let give chance to a captain who can gain experience in this world cup and be there next time around. Misbah is no Imran Khan caliber when Imarn was in team at least he was very decent batsman and good captain in 92 WC. PCB cut your losses and move on with new team, it is shame that sohaib Maqsood is playing at #7 under Misbah leadership and there are many examples like these, Azher did not play in that test against Zimbabwe when Pak lost to them. Many players career are ruined, not a single batsmen developed in last 4 years who is automatic selection in team.

  • on September 2, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    Not a valid excuse. Worst performance was on the last match of the series and the best on probably the first day of the first test.

  • factoryard on September 2, 2014, 22:46 GMT

    misbah misbah misbah i can only blame you for the misery of the batsmen. when you cant take singles, you stifle the others making them play out of their zones. look at the way shazad game has change, he used to be belting the loose balls now he is leaving everthing. i cant understand why you cant rotate the strike, that is what is killing the team. your game is block or hit for boundary but the others depend on singles & twos to build their game. to be honest pakistan is too defensive, the need a more attacking approach. & plz dont let hafeez bat up the order in Aus & NZ, the moving ball will kill him.

  • on September 2, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    lack of practice against Herath probably costed them test series and poor shot selection costed ODI series. International cricket is all about performane not excuses.

  • on September 2, 2014, 22:39 GMT

    Misbah should not be Pakistans captan for WC 2015 , he is very defensive capten , Need some aggressive like Afridi ,

  • on September 2, 2014, 22:33 GMT

    The aftermath of this series clearly tells where our batting stands when Misbah doesn't score. No other batsman is taking responsibility. The only Pakistani batsman who has improved in the last few months is Ahmed Shehzad who also hasn't converted his starts into something substantial. There is no way PCB is thinking about putting Misbah off captaincy. so let's just not get into that. Akmal Hafeez should bring more consistency in their game especially Akmal. The new field rules have also badly affected our bowling. The bowlers have just forgotten where to pitch the balls. Bottom line is Pakistan can't afford the same mistakes against Australia and Misbah won't have the same excuse to give.

  • on September 2, 2014, 22:20 GMT

    It is unfair that pak play alot less than other teams and no home cricket on top of all that, no matter what people say or think, these things are important. The more you play the better you get, you learn from mistakes which other teams are getter more of a chance to do.

  • on September 2, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    Yes, as a Batsmen his Performance was bad in recent series. But what about others? Bad Opening Partners, Yunus is bad, Akmal didnt score, Afridi is Afridi. Bowlers not Bowling according to the Field. What can Captain do in this situations? As a Human, he must be doing his best. Blame should be equally distributed netween Captain, Coaches and Selection

  • on September 2, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    Ok, match practice for his team, but what happened to himself- Misbah? Did Fawad had more practice than everyone else?

  • on September 2, 2014, 21:31 GMT

    I dont agree with misbah because these players got plenty of experience in international level then y they need practice matches....they just throw away wickets like schoolboy its time for misbah to sit and watch matches at home he is already 40 ...bring afridi as a captain givd him good players with his choice then watch pak team it will b hard to stop them .good luck boys enjoy

  • on September 2, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    For WC, Pakistan should play either of the below two combinations:

    1) Shahzad, Sami Aslam (the guy is good), Hafeez, Fawad, Misbah, Sohaib, Umer Akmal, Afridi, Ajmal, Wahab/Junaid, Irfan.

    OR

    2) Hafeez, Shahzad, Fawad, Sohaib, Misbah, Umer, Sarfraz, Afridi, Ajmal, Wahab/Junaid, Irfan.

    In both line ups, you have seven good batsmen and one all rounder plus five solid bowlers and one part timer (Fawad).

    Sharjeel Khan is not ready for international cricket. Sami Aslam is pretty solid and has been consistent at under 19/domestic level - he and Shahzad can form a solid opening partnership for Pakistan. Bowlers for Pakistan have to be on-song for them to win. if they are off colours then it would be tough for Pakistan to win.

  • msadiquea on September 2, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    Each and every player has better average in test compared to ODI.Just because they are allowed to play overs they can. From last few year misbah doing the same thing in ODI. It's very very very very easy to maintain 40+ average with an strike rate of 70. Misbah your career statistics of ODI shows a big zero. Career Strike rate is 73.8 so if we go with this strike rate we can only get 225 runs to defend in 50 overs. Choice is yours. Additionally, No one can explain the pressure he puts on other batsman playing with him. ( By Simply Blocking Deliveries ).

    There is no need to mention his name, every time he walks in with 90 needed in 50 balls. More time he fails but atleast sometime he achieve. Atleast he gave us something to cheer.

  • on September 2, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    @Adris Shafi, I totally agree with you. Misbah and Younis should now go home. Must try Sami Aslam and Inamullah from U19.

  • t20cric on September 2, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    I would say match practice is a problem but not the only one. If you look at India, SL and SA they all have played a lot of games and are winning the games they are playing in these days (ignore SA's loss to Australia). On the other hand Australia & Pakistan haven't played much since the t20 wc. Because of this Australia lost to Zimbabwe & Pakistan lost to SL. But other than match practice you have to blame Misbah's captaincy. In the 1st & 2nd ODIs Misbah let Matthews & Jayawardene settle. He also told Ahmed & Hafeez to slow down in the second ODI which caused wickets. When the required run rate was increasing he didn't promote a fast scoring batsman which made it continually increase. I'm sure he also did things wrong in the 3rd ODI but I wouldn't know since the game was already finished when I woke up (a 100 over game would've meant that I would have seen all of the 2nd innings). To top it all off he is out of form & at this age its hard to get back in form.

  • Diaz54 on September 2, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    I think Misbah has done a good job over all for some time, but I am afraid the recent performance against Sri Lanka cannot be simply put down to lack off cricket! There were tactical blunders, I.e batting when we should be bowling in the first Test match and in the ODI. This is not the first time.

    Also his own form let him down and therefore the team struggled. What is worrying is that nobody can change the mentality of the batsmen, not even the coaches. I think perhaps Misbahs on style,of batting is I acting the whole,side. I cannot see a replacement for Misbah unfortunately, all others are unstable,individuals. Difficult days for Pakkstsn cricket lie ahead.

  • siabbasi on September 2, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    I really don't understand the Go Misbah philosophy.

    We have WC ahead of us. No time for experiment.

    Let the Leader be. He has performed great, beside one off SL series yes but which batsman does not go out of form?

    Yes Pak team needs to work on finding couple of combinations in batting & bowling but no major change is needed.

    Let's be a good follower & behave!! Go Pak!

  • Desihungama on September 2, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    That's mostly true Misbah but what about your decision in 3rd ODI of tossing the ball over to SLankan bowlers with 50 miles wind blowing per hour? This tells me with perfect bowling conditions you did not utilize your own strength which is your bowling and it also tells me you have absolutely no faith in your batsmen that they could not even chase anything below 200 had you put SL to bat first. You're just not learning.

  • on September 2, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    match practice might be an issue but main.problem with pakistan is the selection and dressing room issues. for dressing room issues, moen and waqar should be questiones. moen is running a one man show and he is chief selector so should take responsibility.

    until when we will carry all these old and past their prime players? admins playing politics on basis of these old players. misbah, afridi, sharjeel, umar should be dropped. no.need to bring back younas. and malik. people want afridi captain? his own performance may not be enough to be selected in bangladesh team. the way he played in sl shows how much he has improved. if we are gonna make any changes then make now and only changing captain may not work. need to drop all these. hafeez if playing at 7 or 6 then ok other wise he should go. make alam or ahmed captain. and select young players . they wont do worse that these misbah, afridi, umar, sharjeel & hafeez did. once in 20 game performers and people want them. will be same result

  • Faizan1989 on September 2, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Supporting team Pakistan since the age of 8 years and as a hardcore Pakistani fan its so disappointing to see such performances so often. Everytime we expect them to show something strong but they end up as "good for nothing"

    its so long i haven't seen anybody taking charge of being an inform batsman, everytime someone scores in next game he gets out cheaply, when will they learn how to carry their form to next game?

    They can't do this to fans like me. Its high time for them to raise their standard of fighting for victories or else we have to see our players getting humiliate badly on the pitches of Australia and New Zealand in upcoming mega tournament in 2015.

  • on September 2, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    I can't wait for the day that he retires or is removed from the team. Every Pakistani cricket fan I speak to seems to agree with me that Misbah needs to go.

  • on September 2, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    Misbah time to step down let afridi be captain hafeez should bat at 6 or 7 maqsood and fawad up the order Sami aslam should open with shezad Umar akmal down the order use him as a hitter with afridi and hafeez misbah should retire too slow and puts too much pressure on other batsmen

  • on September 2, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    Match practice or no Pakistan is always like this either on top or toal down.but even though I am an Indian Pakistan has always been my favourite.they just need to give the right younsters chances and results will surely follow.

  • on September 2, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    it's not lack of cricket practice it's because of your lack of captaining qualities misbah first 2 games sri lanka lost quick 3 wickets but still they recover becoz your poor field setup. i hate your field setting misbah negative intent play positive and see even if you lose there will be a better show until you and alastair cook there both your teams want win too many games god sake plz retire

  • Nadeem1976 on September 2, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    Misbah is not a team leader. he only think about Ajmal in the team. I think PCB should change the captain for ODI team now and make Afridi as captain.

  • on September 2, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    He has a point. Presently Pakistan is not on evenly placed with all other cricketing nation. ICC should consider this vital factor into account. Don't know what are these rankings for test matches and one dayers are. These should be issued based on match pracitice and not performances based on 6 monthly matches. Look at india. They are almost busy throughout the year compare to Pakistan who is hardly playing.

  • alischeme on September 2, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    Last 3 test series - 3 losses (In 2 of these, we lost ALL matches in the series) 3 draws (1 against Zim)

    But still this dude can't afford to let the pressure get to him. Maybe because he knows, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, his position as a captain is secure........which was rewarded to him for ensuring that PAK lost that 2011 semi final against IND coz of Misbah's 'heroics.'

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  • alischeme on September 2, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    Last 3 test series - 3 losses (In 2 of these, we lost ALL matches in the series) 3 draws (1 against Zim)

    But still this dude can't afford to let the pressure get to him. Maybe because he knows, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, his position as a captain is secure........which was rewarded to him for ensuring that PAK lost that 2011 semi final against IND coz of Misbah's 'heroics.'

  • on September 2, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    He has a point. Presently Pakistan is not on evenly placed with all other cricketing nation. ICC should consider this vital factor into account. Don't know what are these rankings for test matches and one dayers are. These should be issued based on match pracitice and not performances based on 6 monthly matches. Look at india. They are almost busy throughout the year compare to Pakistan who is hardly playing.

  • Nadeem1976 on September 2, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    Misbah is not a team leader. he only think about Ajmal in the team. I think PCB should change the captain for ODI team now and make Afridi as captain.

  • on September 2, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    it's not lack of cricket practice it's because of your lack of captaining qualities misbah first 2 games sri lanka lost quick 3 wickets but still they recover becoz your poor field setup. i hate your field setting misbah negative intent play positive and see even if you lose there will be a better show until you and alastair cook there both your teams want win too many games god sake plz retire

  • on September 2, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    Match practice or no Pakistan is always like this either on top or toal down.but even though I am an Indian Pakistan has always been my favourite.they just need to give the right younsters chances and results will surely follow.

  • on September 2, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    Misbah time to step down let afridi be captain hafeez should bat at 6 or 7 maqsood and fawad up the order Sami aslam should open with shezad Umar akmal down the order use him as a hitter with afridi and hafeez misbah should retire too slow and puts too much pressure on other batsmen

  • on September 2, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    I can't wait for the day that he retires or is removed from the team. Every Pakistani cricket fan I speak to seems to agree with me that Misbah needs to go.

  • Faizan1989 on September 2, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Supporting team Pakistan since the age of 8 years and as a hardcore Pakistani fan its so disappointing to see such performances so often. Everytime we expect them to show something strong but they end up as "good for nothing"

    its so long i haven't seen anybody taking charge of being an inform batsman, everytime someone scores in next game he gets out cheaply, when will they learn how to carry their form to next game?

    They can't do this to fans like me. Its high time for them to raise their standard of fighting for victories or else we have to see our players getting humiliate badly on the pitches of Australia and New Zealand in upcoming mega tournament in 2015.

  • on September 2, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    match practice might be an issue but main.problem with pakistan is the selection and dressing room issues. for dressing room issues, moen and waqar should be questiones. moen is running a one man show and he is chief selector so should take responsibility.

    until when we will carry all these old and past their prime players? admins playing politics on basis of these old players. misbah, afridi, sharjeel, umar should be dropped. no.need to bring back younas. and malik. people want afridi captain? his own performance may not be enough to be selected in bangladesh team. the way he played in sl shows how much he has improved. if we are gonna make any changes then make now and only changing captain may not work. need to drop all these. hafeez if playing at 7 or 6 then ok other wise he should go. make alam or ahmed captain. and select young players . they wont do worse that these misbah, afridi, umar, sharjeel & hafeez did. once in 20 game performers and people want them. will be same result

  • Desihungama on September 2, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    That's mostly true Misbah but what about your decision in 3rd ODI of tossing the ball over to SLankan bowlers with 50 miles wind blowing per hour? This tells me with perfect bowling conditions you did not utilize your own strength which is your bowling and it also tells me you have absolutely no faith in your batsmen that they could not even chase anything below 200 had you put SL to bat first. You're just not learning.