Pakistan demand respect from cricket world

By AFP
Published: January 29, 2012

Misbah, 37, stressed his team will build further on the success against England. PHOTO: REUTERS/ FILE

ABU DHABI: Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq on Sunday said he hoped his team’s series win over test cricket’s number one side England will earn them respect from the cricketing world after a turbulent period which tarnished their image.

Dogged by off-the-field problems like failed dope tests and lack of discipline, Pakistan cricket hit the lowest ebb on their 2010 tour of England when three of their top players were caught in a spot-fixing scandal.

The then Test captain Salman Butt and pacemen Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer were banned for conniving over the bowlers deliberately bowling no-balls during the Lord’s Test against England, and getting paid for that by agent Mazhar Majeed.

Last November all three and Majeed were sentenced to prison terms by an English court.

But since the scandal, Pakistan have fared well both on and off the field under an astute captain Misbah.

Pakistan beat England by 72 runs in the second Test to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, their fourth series win on the trot and eighth win in 14 Tests under Misbah, who took over two months after the scandal.

And Pakistan’s resurgence, Misbah feels should earn them respect.

“I think the whole world should acknowledge and accept that Pakistan cricket is coming up, the way our players are performing and they should accept it. Such (negative) things can happen anywhere and we must forget them,” said Misbah.

Misbah, 37, stressed his team will build further on the success against England.

“We have put everything behind us,” said Misbah, who has led from the front hitting 12 fifties as captain.

“I think whichever team is doing well it should be accepted, our team deserves that and with the self confidence we have, we can do better.”

Coach Mohsin Khan, who rather unluckily will be replaced by former Australian batsman Dav Whamore after the series, said these are good days to relish after the bad times.

“I definitely agree with Misbah, we deserve more respect for the performances we have put together,” said Khan, a former opener.

“Pakistan cricket has suffered badly in the last two years but the management and the team has done well to transform it.”

Khan said the impressive win over England will only improve Pakistan’s image.

“A win over the world’s top team is the best thing Pakistan could have achieved,” said Khan, who was appointed interim coach after Waqar Younis quit the post in September last year.

Former captain Ramiz Raja said Pakistan have earned respect.

“I think they have earned respect,” said Raja, now a widely travelled cricket commentator. “They deserve a lot of praise for the manner in which they have beaten the world’s best side, its no mean achievement.”

Raja said the whole nation – embroiled in terrorism, corruption and bad governance – can take a lead from the cricket team.

“I think the whole nation can take the lead from the sequence of the team’s wins. The team has shown more wisdom, sincerity and hard work which people in Pakistan should match in all walks of lives,” said Raja.

“No praise is enough for this team which has lifted its image and the way they have beaten the world’s best team like toddlers is a great achievement,” said Raja.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Anum Athar
    Jan 29, 2012 - 12:09PM

    Congrats to Misbah & Co. for snatching victory from the jaws of defeat against the so-assumed ‘mighty’ England team.
    Although our team may not really have star players at the moment, it is still the best balanced team in the world which can reach the #1 status in all formats of the game because:
    1.We have a fine captain in Misbah ul haq
    2.A supportive and loving coach in Mohsin Khan (should not be replaced by Dav Whatmore)
    3.The best spin attack in the world in Hafeez, A.Rehman and Saeed Ajmal
    4.Promising youngsters in Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal
    5.The pace attack is not too bad in Junaid Khan and Umar Gul
    6.Best of all- self confidence and a never-say-die attitude from the entire team

    Way to go, Pak! All the best in the coming future.Recommend

  • Palvasha von Hassell
    Jan 29, 2012 - 2:23PM

    Completely agree with Ramiz Raja, team is a shining example to the whole nation of how to beat adversity through hard work and unfliching morale. So proud of them. May they shine on.

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  • Jan 29, 2012 - 2:57PM

    Respect comes from continuous efforts and success, it is not demanded.

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  • Striver
    Jan 29, 2012 - 3:24PM

    This will shut the gops up of those in the English media/radio (BBC FiveLive) who said the cricket world can do without Pakistan team’ forgetting conviniently the players of other teams received far more greater sums for spot-fixing than the Paks-Trio and were provided protection by their respective cricket boards.

    Recently, an English county cricketer has alo been caught spot-fixing.

    But let’s put it behind us and rejoice in the victory.

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  • Adil
    Jan 29, 2012 - 4:39PM

    Match fixers don’t deserve respect

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  • Jan 29, 2012 - 5:59PM

    They won’t give… we have to snatch it…and we will do it…

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  • A. Hasan
    Jan 29, 2012 - 6:22PM

    Congratulations! Hard work always pays off! Great Team work. Give Mohsin full time job. Mohsin-Misbah chemistry is working well.

    Who is number 1?

    Ratings are deceptive.

    How can quality be quantified?

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  • THE
    Jan 29, 2012 - 6:47PM

    @Adil: Yea and the match fixers are in jail! You on the other hand, are living a very bitter life these days!

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  • Rizvi
    Jan 29, 2012 - 7:12PM

    GO GO !

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  • mohsin irshad
    Jan 29, 2012 - 7:40PM

    good job pakistan and i hope u win thae next test match………………./

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  • raw is war
    Jan 29, 2012 - 8:01PM

    when you stop fixing matches…..we will.

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  • Jan 29, 2012 - 10:09PM

    respect is not demanded, it is earned…

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  • Sheikh Alu Bukhara
    Jan 29, 2012 - 11:10PM

    I ran into an Australian colleague at work after we’d beaten England in the 1st Test. He would not believe me when i gave him the news, and mumbled something about spot fixers. On other days I’d have given it to him. But I chose to take the higher moral ground and smiled. My team is doing the talking. We don’t need to be full of bluster. We should also follow Misbah’s humility and keep saying we have a long way to go to be among the best.

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  • aamer
    Jan 30, 2012 - 4:10PM

    And the best part is Afridi and Razzaq cant wait o come back into the ODI side. No one can save you england… i just hope we win the odi and t20 series as well, infact we stay undefeated in UAE.

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  • Hafsa
    Jan 31, 2012 - 12:34AM

    I do not agree with the word DEMAND……..itz COMMAND!

    We never DEMANDED for respect………..we were hurt, maybe our foolish players were not smart enough for the dirty world of spot-fixing, a business that has continued to flourish because of other sportsmen including cricketers from every other cricketing nation as always even after jailing 3 of our players (as if they were the only ones ever involved)………seems like nobody cares for ‘fairplay’ anymore!

    Anyway, we might not know how to spot-fix matches right but we definitely know how to play Cricket.

    And so after the painful struggle of two years, we are now COMMANDING respect. Now when the ‘number 1′ team in the world is humiliated by us, the media (including pro-indian Pakistani ‘section’ of media) and the Rest of the World, please don’t show the niceties…it really sounds fake!

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  • Arindom
    Feb 28, 2012 - 4:46AM

    Remain ‘Fix-Free’ for 2 years – you’ll earn respect…..

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