Cricket: Defensive captains cannot last says Zaheer Abbas

Published: December 21, 2011
“If a captain has a negative approach, he can’t carry on for long,” Abbas told The Express Tribune. PHOTO: EXPRESS

“If a captain has a negative approach, he can’t carry on for long,” Abbas told The Express Tribune. PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE: Former captain Zaheer Abbas has emphasised the need for aggressive captaincy in order to produce results over a long period of time and has said that Misbahul Haq should be more attacking in his approach, especially against a weak team like Bangladesh. 

Abbas believes that a captain who possesses a defensive approach to the game will not be able to succeed in the long run.

“If a captain has a negative approach, he can’t carry on for long,” Abbas told The Express Tribune. “You need to have a positive and attacking mindset to succeed in contemporary cricket.”

Abbas felt that Misbah’s captaincy in the ongoing Test against Bangladesh should have been more aggressive as the batsman appeared to be working towards eliminating chances of defeat first rather than opting for all-out attack against a weaker opposition.

Backs Pakistan to win against England

However, the former captain backed Pakistan to do well in the upcoming series against England in the UAE.

“Pakistan usually play well on the UAE pitches and are in excellent form,” he said. “I think they’ll produce some good results against England. The series will be good to watch and the team has every chance of notching up another series victory.”

‘Danger of Indian influence over Bangaldesh’

The former captain raised concerns over the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) backing Mustafa Kamal for the International Cricket Council (ICC) president in return for a tour of the country next year.

“I think there’s a possibility of undue Indian influence over the Bangladesh Cricket Board, which is worrying,” said Abbas.

“Bangladesh may end up backing out of the tour because of this influence after obtaining PCB’s support over the ICC presidency.”

Published in The Express Tribune, December 21st, 2011.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Abdul Lateef
    Dec 21, 2011 - 10:14AM

    look who is saying Misbah a defensive captain…I remember he himself I mean Zaheer got a very good balanced side in 83-84 and he captained for 14 tests and won 3 matches only and drew 10 of these with one defeat mainly beacause had good side. His own approach as captain was very defensive then how he can say anything to others…that amazes me


  • Qasim
    Dec 21, 2011 - 11:16AM

    PCB needs to mend its ties with Indian board and work with them. It is a time that we recognize and accept Indian domination in cricketing affairs as have gooraas swallowed the bitter pill. Isolation of Pakistan cricket and PCB calls for delicate diplomacy and not brinkmanship, which we can ill afford.Recommend

  • Sultan Mehmood
    Dec 21, 2011 - 6:50PM

    If we have to beg for Indian support to get out of isolation; the best would be to quit cricket at all. It is enough that we play with you sometimes, so don’t too flattered. Indian domination? Haw Haw Hawwwwww.. nice joke.. you are funny!


  • AA
    Dec 21, 2011 - 8:15PM

    Yes Zaheer, that is why you did not last very long !


  • Adnan
    Dec 21, 2011 - 10:19PM

    @Abdul Lateef:
    May be he’s saying it due to his personal experience!! Don’t see who’s saying just notice what’s the point and it’s a very valid one… Defensive and negative tactics and the end result would be like Waqar Younus’ during the 2003 W.C.


  • listen
    Dec 22, 2011 - 8:10AM

    just tell me who is defensive …zaheer 3 wins and 10 draws or misbah 6 wins and one loss…?????


  • Adnan
    Dec 22, 2011 - 10:51PM

    Well, for me any defensive captain will yield the same results. Here I agree with the point Zaheer Abbas is making that defensive captaincy will not bring positive results in a long term. For me, Imran Khan and Stephen Flemming are the best Skippers ever played the game.


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