Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 1st Test, Harare, 3rd day September 5, 2013

In praise of Pakistan's punching bag

Misbah-ul-Haq is often criticised by followers of Pakistan cricket but the youngsters in his team would do well to learn some of his skills
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The expression on Misbah-ul-Haq's face the day Pakistan were knocked out of the Champions Trophy in England is difficult to forget. It was a hangdog mixture of acceptance and amusement, when it really should have been one of frustration.

Misbah had been booed by the 'Stani Army and co. despite scoring the team's only half-century in a losing cause. Instead of arrogance, however, he was understanding of the supporters' wrath. "This is how it is in cricket. One day it's zindabad, the next it's boo," he said in Birmingham.

Of the members of that Pakistan side who could be blamed for their elimination, Misbah was quite far down the list. He had scored the most runs in both their substandard showings to that point but still there was something about him that Pakistan's fans did not like. They felt he was too conservative, both with bat and captaincy, and it earned him the nickname tuk-tuk.

Having watched Misbah for a significant part of the last year, it's puzzling that he is so disliked among so many of his own. He is often Pakistan's leading batsman and even when he is not, it is never for lack of trying. And in matters of conduct, there is no doubt he is their marquee man. Misbah leads by example in commitment and temperament and without him Pakistan cricket would be poorer, whether they want to admit it or not.

Today provided another example. For the second time in the Test, Misbah came in with Pakistan in trouble. At 23 for 3, still trailing by 55, they faced an uncomfortable situation against an opponent they were expected to beat by doing not much more than just turning up. Zimbabwe's opening seamers were getting good shape, not as much as in the first innings, but enough to demand concentration from the batsmen.

Misbah's ability to apply himself is what has made him a man for crisis and he showed that again in this innings. He began as patiently as ever, unfussed by the inside edges that Hamilton Masakadza induced. Leaving and defending were his first options, and for the first 43 balls he faced, Misbah used them three times more than he did scoring shots.

His plan was sensible: hang around for long enough and the bad ball will come. Shingi Masakadza delivered the first one when he strayed down the leg side and invited Misbah to nudge it fine. When deliveries such as that were offered, the second part of Misbah's strategy could be employed: hang around for longer and you can begin to dictate proceedings by grinding the opposition down.

Misbah's doggedness meant his opposite number had to do the thinking. In the first innings, Hamilton Masakdza had rotated his bowlers to ensure they stayed fresh. It helped that they picked up wickets often because that motivated them. In the second innings he tried to replicate that but conditions were different; with the track having flattened, the strike bowlers were unable to have much impact.

Masakadza placed a man at short cover, where Mohammad Hafeez had been caught, and bowled with the wicketkeeper standing up. His ideas were solid because he tried to limit the amount of movement the batsmen could make and hoped they would miscue to a close-in fielder.

When that didn't work the spinner came on, bowling the round-the-wicket line that was so effective on day one. Prosper Utseya, however, did not get much turn and posed few problems. Misbah and Younis used the sweep effectively and in so doing, continued to wear Zimbabwe down and gave Masakadza more to ponder.

What followed was not a period of desperate bowling riddled with loose deliveries, but a lull that sets into a Test when one side is steadily wresting control from the other. Zimbabwe's seamers continued to bowl a good line, Utseya occasionally had short leg woken up by an edge but the chances of a wicket grew slimmer.

The slow-burn of Misbah coupled with the experience of Younis, whose role in looking for runs while playing to the pace of his captain cannot be underestimated, took Pakistan towards a position from where they could start to feel comfortable, though Misbah began to look the opposite towards the end of the day. He was nearly stumped after reacting slowly against Utseya, who had drawn him forward with flight. No doubt the tuk-tuk jokes started then.

And then the frustration became too much. For the second time in the Test, Misbah played an out-of-character stroke. In the first innings, he had miscued to short midwicket and this time picked out the cover fielder. Vusi Sibanda was the catcher on both occasions.

Misbah will probably expect more boos today. Some will say he was careless, others that his shot selection was poor and that he threw away a golden chance to score a century. He is unlikely to mind any of that. He won't mind at all if Younis becomes the man to reach three figures because he can see the benefit in that.

Younis had been dropped from Pakistan's one-day plans and he did not get much batting time in the first innings because of a silly error. With a series against South Africa in the UAE next on the agenda, to have him find form can only be good for Pakistan. What Misbah now needs is for some of the youngsters, like Asad Shafiq who is batting with Younis, to learn from his approach.

Paksitan's next generation is a cause for concern. Azhar Ali has immense promise and is beginning to fulfill it but finding an opener to partner the struggling Hafeez has proved problematic. Nasir Jamshed's penchant for fishing outside off stump is worrying and Khurram Manzoor was unconvincing on his comeback. Both those men could do far worse than use Misbah as an example.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • asim229 on September 5, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    One quality Misbah have is that he is very hardworking cricketer and always grind it out in the middle and never throws away his wicket. The happens because he is not very good at taking singles like some past cricketers e.g Javed Miandad and can either block a ball or try to hit a boundary. Also I have never seen him shouting or abusing at other players in the field which our previous captains used to do regularly.As far as the batting and captain strategy is concerned then we are almost using the same strategy for the last three years that if the early wickets falls then grind it out in the end and then hit out in the end and we never seem to start the match with the brave approach that we want 300+ on the borad in the ODI and we always start thinking about a 240+ target. This kind of strategy always keeps you in the match and also wins you matches but cant make you the world beaters like the Australia of late 90's and early 2000s and WI of 80s becase they were very aggressive teams.

  • dontlikecricket on September 7, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    I know a lot of PAK fans don't like Misbah. They prefer some one who can score a quick fire 50 once every10/15 matches!!! Actually despite few losses, Misbah batting has actually won PAK quite few matches. Also its strange his batting strike rate is not too bad either. Well a lot of international players, present and past think he is a good player and admire him for his services since 2010. I think these experts who have actually played international cricket must have more cricketing brains then so called experts, most of them actually have never played even club cricket!! Any batsman who scores 50 plus runs in every 3 test innings on average is a good test player, despite if someone wants to believe or not!! If he is fit and continue to score, he should play, even if he is 45!!

  • Alyan123 on September 7, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    If you think about it, Misbah always comes in at a difficult pressure situation which requires him to play slowly and not give away his wicket. And we have all seen that towards the end, when he can afford to lose a wicket, he is trying his best to be aggressive and he is very disappointed when he gets out because he knows he had to accelerate. Now, if you think about it, in the champions trophy, if it wasn't for him Pakistan might have been bowled out for 100. Misbah is the most consistent batsmen is Misbah and that is because he has a good strategy. Pakistan need a good top order which can score about 150-2. If he were to improve, I would say that he should try and rotate the strike a little more. He is a very clever captain and we know that because he keeps Ajmal to the back end of the innings when the batsmen are looking to fire. And when Pakistan need early wickets he brings on Ajmal and Hafeez around the 8th over which I think is clever thinking. So boo to those who boo Misbah!

  • Ezad on September 7, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    I follow this website being a cricket lover since ages but above praising note about Misbah (Mr. Tuktuk) has really pushed me to at-last register & comment. Actually he is a decent batsman (if play positive) nothing more but a bad, sissy, negative Captain. Strange to see comments of "Fineline", showing massive knocks (not a single centaury) by Misbah, in oneday cricket massive is 194, at least above 110+ can also be considered, hence all his selfish knocks are actually mediocre performance of a very capable batsman but with negative approach. His record can be good for him only, not for the team/Pakistan, his blocking (tuktuk) creates lot of pressure & above all he is preaching tuktuk negativity to others (specially Nasir Jamshed) too.

  • on September 7, 2013, 0:19 GMT

    Along with myself, alot of other pakistani (reading forums) cricket fans actually love misbah and understand his importance.

  • Fineline on September 6, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    Just look at some massive knocks by Misbah in ODIS from the start of 2011

    1.93 not out against New Zealand in 2011 2.83 not out vs Sri lanka in 2011 world cup 3.73 not out against West Indies in 2011 4.63 not out vs West Indies in 2011 5.66 against Sri Lanka in 2011 6.76 not out against Sri lanka in Asia cup 2012 7.56 not out against South African in 2013 8.80 against South Africa in 2013 9.55 against West Indies in 2013 10.53 not out against West Indies in 2013 11.63 against West Indies in 2013 12.83 not out against Zimbabwe in 2013 13.67 against Zimbabwe in 2013

    Absolutely fantastic for me.

  • on September 6, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Misbah slows down the entire innings and that causes Pakistan to loose. Misbah played till the end in the WC Semi against India but he presence only help India win. Teams need to score from both ends of the crease and Misbah basically stalls one end of the crease piling up unnecessary pressure on the other player.

  • on September 6, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Lovely personality Firdous ! Liked her

  • on September 6, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    I would put it to wrong selection rather than lack of talent. Umar as min, harris sohail, sohaib, umar akmal are all vastly talented but are not utilized properly. Faisal iqbal, khurram manzoor, hafeez and shan masood have no place in the test side of the selection is UN biased ...

  • siddhartha87 on September 6, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Along with Misbah, Younis Khan Khan deserves lots of respect. Younis is around for like 12-13 years now in international cricket which is no mean feat.

  • asim229 on September 5, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    One quality Misbah have is that he is very hardworking cricketer and always grind it out in the middle and never throws away his wicket. The happens because he is not very good at taking singles like some past cricketers e.g Javed Miandad and can either block a ball or try to hit a boundary. Also I have never seen him shouting or abusing at other players in the field which our previous captains used to do regularly.As far as the batting and captain strategy is concerned then we are almost using the same strategy for the last three years that if the early wickets falls then grind it out in the end and then hit out in the end and we never seem to start the match with the brave approach that we want 300+ on the borad in the ODI and we always start thinking about a 240+ target. This kind of strategy always keeps you in the match and also wins you matches but cant make you the world beaters like the Australia of late 90's and early 2000s and WI of 80s becase they were very aggressive teams.

  • dontlikecricket on September 7, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    I know a lot of PAK fans don't like Misbah. They prefer some one who can score a quick fire 50 once every10/15 matches!!! Actually despite few losses, Misbah batting has actually won PAK quite few matches. Also its strange his batting strike rate is not too bad either. Well a lot of international players, present and past think he is a good player and admire him for his services since 2010. I think these experts who have actually played international cricket must have more cricketing brains then so called experts, most of them actually have never played even club cricket!! Any batsman who scores 50 plus runs in every 3 test innings on average is a good test player, despite if someone wants to believe or not!! If he is fit and continue to score, he should play, even if he is 45!!

  • Alyan123 on September 7, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    If you think about it, Misbah always comes in at a difficult pressure situation which requires him to play slowly and not give away his wicket. And we have all seen that towards the end, when he can afford to lose a wicket, he is trying his best to be aggressive and he is very disappointed when he gets out because he knows he had to accelerate. Now, if you think about it, in the champions trophy, if it wasn't for him Pakistan might have been bowled out for 100. Misbah is the most consistent batsmen is Misbah and that is because he has a good strategy. Pakistan need a good top order which can score about 150-2. If he were to improve, I would say that he should try and rotate the strike a little more. He is a very clever captain and we know that because he keeps Ajmal to the back end of the innings when the batsmen are looking to fire. And when Pakistan need early wickets he brings on Ajmal and Hafeez around the 8th over which I think is clever thinking. So boo to those who boo Misbah!

  • Ezad on September 7, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    I follow this website being a cricket lover since ages but above praising note about Misbah (Mr. Tuktuk) has really pushed me to at-last register & comment. Actually he is a decent batsman (if play positive) nothing more but a bad, sissy, negative Captain. Strange to see comments of "Fineline", showing massive knocks (not a single centaury) by Misbah, in oneday cricket massive is 194, at least above 110+ can also be considered, hence all his selfish knocks are actually mediocre performance of a very capable batsman but with negative approach. His record can be good for him only, not for the team/Pakistan, his blocking (tuktuk) creates lot of pressure & above all he is preaching tuktuk negativity to others (specially Nasir Jamshed) too.

  • on September 7, 2013, 0:19 GMT

    Along with myself, alot of other pakistani (reading forums) cricket fans actually love misbah and understand his importance.

  • Fineline on September 6, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    Just look at some massive knocks by Misbah in ODIS from the start of 2011

    1.93 not out against New Zealand in 2011 2.83 not out vs Sri lanka in 2011 world cup 3.73 not out against West Indies in 2011 4.63 not out vs West Indies in 2011 5.66 against Sri Lanka in 2011 6.76 not out against Sri lanka in Asia cup 2012 7.56 not out against South African in 2013 8.80 against South Africa in 2013 9.55 against West Indies in 2013 10.53 not out against West Indies in 2013 11.63 against West Indies in 2013 12.83 not out against Zimbabwe in 2013 13.67 against Zimbabwe in 2013

    Absolutely fantastic for me.

  • on September 6, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Misbah slows down the entire innings and that causes Pakistan to loose. Misbah played till the end in the WC Semi against India but he presence only help India win. Teams need to score from both ends of the crease and Misbah basically stalls one end of the crease piling up unnecessary pressure on the other player.

  • on September 6, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Lovely personality Firdous ! Liked her

  • on September 6, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    I would put it to wrong selection rather than lack of talent. Umar as min, harris sohail, sohaib, umar akmal are all vastly talented but are not utilized properly. Faisal iqbal, khurram manzoor, hafeez and shan masood have no place in the test side of the selection is UN biased ...

  • siddhartha87 on September 6, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Along with Misbah, Younis Khan Khan deserves lots of respect. Younis is around for like 12-13 years now in international cricket which is no mean feat.

  • Vilander on September 6, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    Misbah is the best pak cricketer on and off the field atm by a distance, i find it very amusing that pak fans find reasons to dislike him.

  • BrainiacCA on September 6, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    Misbah is a great player of test cricket but is the worse kind to have in the shorter form of cricket. He is a rock solid batsman but this rock usually sinks the boat rather than balancing it. To all Misbah's fan, we dont want him to hit sixes and fours but we also dont want him to block every good or bad ball for the first 10 overs. The best place for him to be in the ODI team would be to bat as an opener. And try to atleast show that he is looking for singles. By keeping Misbah in, Pakistan already looses the battle because the opposition knows that with him there, they will always be chasing close to 200 which is very getable on most surfaces by any team against any bowling attack. And it shows in Pakistan's ODI ranking.

  • Abdurrazaaq on September 6, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    All successful teams needs a captain that leads from the front, if we have a look at the very successful teams of recent years, we will see this trend. Ponting for Australia, Dhoni for India, Cook for England and a few others. Misbah leads from the front and should be hailed as opposed to criticized for being the rock solid batsmen in a rather flimsy batting line up.

  • on September 6, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    They are playing away from home for last four years .. no captain or team can do this and take a fourth raniking ..huge respect for Misbah and his team

  • mensan on September 6, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Misbah has a big big contribution is stabilizing the team after the events of 2010 England tour. Despite being average on talent, he has worked very hard and utilized whatever he had in him to score runs for Pakistan. I rate him very high among Pakistani captains.

    And no doubt at 40, he is the most fittest among Pakistani players.

  • on September 6, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Whoever dogs Mishbah is not a true Pakistani fan but someone who is simply seeking excitement. Sure, Mishbah and excitement are like railway tracks, that never meet, but, he sure is a ROCK. Not just that, I even believe he should have never been dropped off the T20 team. At the time when he was dropped, he was ironically the most run getter from the Pakistan side. Alas, only in Pakistan, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN FOR NO REASON. It sure sucks to be a true Pakistani fan and wake up at 3am to watch the matches, only to witness some of the clowns that have been picked, even for this Zimbabwe tour.

  • Mel-waas on September 6, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    Misbah rescued Pakistan from depths of despair in 2010. Paksitan is the 4th ranked test side only because of him. Otherwise Pakistan would have dropped like the West Indies seemingly never to get up again. Misbah haters simply don't know Cricket that well.

  • on September 5, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    I do not agree to the assumption that we are lacking in quality when it comes to the emerging cricketers. I would put it down to wrong selection and mismanagement. There is simply no basis to the selection of Hafeez and Manzoor and yet when they consistently fail, we are surprised on the decline of this team. You have Harris Sohail who is young, has an excellent domestic record, yet he finds himself our of the test team. Instead he is selected for the ODI and t20 team and used as a pinch hitter which is just not his game. Young players are just being used to fill up the numbers instead of using them to their full capabilities. Get him and Fawad Alam in the ranks and you would definitely see an improvement in the results. Also with Umar Akmal, Umar Amin and Sohaib Maqsood in the ODI squad, future looks promising provided they are allowed to play their natural game.

  • Chaudry_Cricket on September 5, 2013, 23:42 GMT

    As a batsman to be fair to Misbah he never has the chance to express himself he usually comes in within the first 15 overs with the score around 40 for the loss of 3, he then grinds and grafts his way through and then has to hit out in the last few overs because of a misfiring lower order. So I will always appreciate Misbah as a batsman.

    But as a captain I can never like or admire Misbah. Yes he leads from the front, but he does not have the charisma and energy to rile the youngsters passion and get the best out of them. He is defensive and fails to take the initative when were in a winning position. He tends to back old horses.

    If Misbah as a captain can be more aggresive and back up the youngsters completly and inspire them he could be the captain we need at this moment. Oh yeah and if he drops Hafeez he will be more appreciated as a captain.

  • Zahidsaltin on September 5, 2013, 23:18 GMT

    Misbah is duely recognised as a good batsman by the fans but they do have a point when they say, Misbah will always fall after a fifty because he puts so much concentration and energy to reach that mark that he is totally drained when he reaches the 50 mark. Had he been rotating the strike and played some shots, he would in most cases reached near to a hundred by the time he falls.

  • on September 5, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    I have always praised Misbah

  • Rubic on September 5, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    I believe the job of a batsman is to go out..face the opposition bowlers..and most importantly..score runs…I am not seeing Misbah anyway near these standards..at max he is a support batsman who can hang around for 50 or 60s..and unfortunately..with Yonus decline..currently..there is no batsman in Pak team…

  • Shahzadhussan on September 5, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    There is absolutely no doubt that Misbah is one of the finest test batsmen of Pakistan and majority of fan would agree. But they do not agree on even his selection in the limited over game. In this modern era Misbah's tuck tuck technique in limited-over game put pressure on other batsmen to compensate for the tuck tuck. There are now several young talented batsmen deserve place in limited-over game such as Haris Sohail, Umar Amin, Sohaib Maqsood even Asad Shafiq but they are not getting sufficient chances. Similarly selection of Hafeez in the test squad is equally wrong as the selection of Misbah in the one-day squad. I think Azhar Ali should be opening with Nasir Jamshed and Haris Sohail/Umar Akmal should be brought in the test squad

  • shot274 on September 5, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    After 3 days Zimbabwe are on top. When was the last time this was written against any side?! Pakistans decline in cricket is just unbelievable. There is no point dropping players like Hafeez, Azhar etc. There is no one there to replace them! Azhar is a one down batsman; i cannot see the promise. Just mediocrity.If Zimbabwe win it will be the better side in this test which has won not just a fluke

  • ZCFOutkast on September 5, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    Misbah is an absolute rock. Very dependable & an asset to this side. You made several mention of Hamilton's tactics, which is something never heard of when Taylor does the job because he simply has none! But Hami himself will have learnt a lot as well from his opposite capt. They were batting for time and not for runs. He should have also bowled&set fields for time and yielded the initiative to them instead of try too much. Allowing them to gain the ascendancy as the pressure told on our him & the rest of the field, gave that batting pair a psychological advantage. They saw no fault in the pace of their run scoring.

    Instead of the Zimbabweans feeling relaxed and allowing those two to feel more of the pressure from the clearly highly expectant&annoyed Pakistan supporters, hence forced to take the odd risk, we went searching(Shingi&Chatara) a little more than necessary as shown by Grant,Mangongo&Andy Waller's panicked visits pitchside. The lead should be just 70 runs or 5 wickets down.

  • on September 5, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq are not kids, they are in the late 20s, Lara, Tendulkar, Inzy, Ponting were smashing attacks all over the park at that age. Michael Atherton and Graeme Smith were seasoned captains for their nations. Ali and Shafiq have to perform now!

  • on September 5, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq are not kids, they are in the late 20s, Lara, Tendulkar, Inzy, Ponting were smashing attacks all over the park at that age. Michael Atherton and Graeme Smith were seasoned captains for their nations. Ali and Shafiq have to perform now!

  • ZCFOutkast on September 5, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    Misbah is an absolute rock. Very dependable & an asset to this side. You made several mention of Hamilton's tactics, which is something never heard of when Taylor does the job because he simply has none! But Hami himself will have learnt a lot as well from his opposite capt. They were batting for time and not for runs. He should have also bowled&set fields for time and yielded the initiative to them instead of try too much. Allowing them to gain the ascendancy as the pressure told on our him & the rest of the field, gave that batting pair a psychological advantage. They saw no fault in the pace of their run scoring.

    Instead of the Zimbabweans feeling relaxed and allowing those two to feel more of the pressure from the clearly highly expectant&annoyed Pakistan supporters, hence forced to take the odd risk, we went searching(Shingi&Chatara) a little more than necessary as shown by Grant,Mangongo&Andy Waller's panicked visits pitchside. The lead should be just 70 runs or 5 wickets down.

  • shot274 on September 5, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    After 3 days Zimbabwe are on top. When was the last time this was written against any side?! Pakistans decline in cricket is just unbelievable. There is no point dropping players like Hafeez, Azhar etc. There is no one there to replace them! Azhar is a one down batsman; i cannot see the promise. Just mediocrity.If Zimbabwe win it will be the better side in this test which has won not just a fluke

  • Shahzadhussan on September 5, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    There is absolutely no doubt that Misbah is one of the finest test batsmen of Pakistan and majority of fan would agree. But they do not agree on even his selection in the limited over game. In this modern era Misbah's tuck tuck technique in limited-over game put pressure on other batsmen to compensate for the tuck tuck. There are now several young talented batsmen deserve place in limited-over game such as Haris Sohail, Umar Amin, Sohaib Maqsood even Asad Shafiq but they are not getting sufficient chances. Similarly selection of Hafeez in the test squad is equally wrong as the selection of Misbah in the one-day squad. I think Azhar Ali should be opening with Nasir Jamshed and Haris Sohail/Umar Akmal should be brought in the test squad

  • Rubic on September 5, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    I believe the job of a batsman is to go out..face the opposition bowlers..and most importantly..score runs…I am not seeing Misbah anyway near these standards..at max he is a support batsman who can hang around for 50 or 60s..and unfortunately..with Yonus decline..currently..there is no batsman in Pak team…

  • on September 5, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    I have always praised Misbah

  • Zahidsaltin on September 5, 2013, 23:18 GMT

    Misbah is duely recognised as a good batsman by the fans but they do have a point when they say, Misbah will always fall after a fifty because he puts so much concentration and energy to reach that mark that he is totally drained when he reaches the 50 mark. Had he been rotating the strike and played some shots, he would in most cases reached near to a hundred by the time he falls.

  • Chaudry_Cricket on September 5, 2013, 23:42 GMT

    As a batsman to be fair to Misbah he never has the chance to express himself he usually comes in within the first 15 overs with the score around 40 for the loss of 3, he then grinds and grafts his way through and then has to hit out in the last few overs because of a misfiring lower order. So I will always appreciate Misbah as a batsman.

    But as a captain I can never like or admire Misbah. Yes he leads from the front, but he does not have the charisma and energy to rile the youngsters passion and get the best out of them. He is defensive and fails to take the initative when were in a winning position. He tends to back old horses.

    If Misbah as a captain can be more aggresive and back up the youngsters completly and inspire them he could be the captain we need at this moment. Oh yeah and if he drops Hafeez he will be more appreciated as a captain.

  • on September 5, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    I do not agree to the assumption that we are lacking in quality when it comes to the emerging cricketers. I would put it down to wrong selection and mismanagement. There is simply no basis to the selection of Hafeez and Manzoor and yet when they consistently fail, we are surprised on the decline of this team. You have Harris Sohail who is young, has an excellent domestic record, yet he finds himself our of the test team. Instead he is selected for the ODI and t20 team and used as a pinch hitter which is just not his game. Young players are just being used to fill up the numbers instead of using them to their full capabilities. Get him and Fawad Alam in the ranks and you would definitely see an improvement in the results. Also with Umar Akmal, Umar Amin and Sohaib Maqsood in the ODI squad, future looks promising provided they are allowed to play their natural game.

  • Mel-waas on September 6, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    Misbah rescued Pakistan from depths of despair in 2010. Paksitan is the 4th ranked test side only because of him. Otherwise Pakistan would have dropped like the West Indies seemingly never to get up again. Misbah haters simply don't know Cricket that well.