Misbah admits Pakistan cricket in ‘alarming’ state

Skipper says Pakistan's batting struggled throughout the South Africa tour.

Afp March 26, 2013
A photo showing captain Misbahul Haq during net practise. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: Skipper Misbahul Haq on Tuesday admitted Pakistan cricket was in an “alarming” condition after the team suffered several heavy defeats on a disappointing tour of South Africa.

A miserable Pakistan were thrashed 3-0 in Tests and lost 3-2 in the one-day series, despite fighting hard, losses which Misbah attributed to poor batting.

"Those were disappointing series," Misbah told reporters on the team's arrival back home early Tuesday.

"We were better in the one-dayers but couldn't do much in the Tests and it's an alarming situation where we need improvement in a lot of things."

Pakistan's batting flopped against a high quality South African pace attack led by Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander. They lost the first Test by 211 runs, the second by four wickets and the third by an innings and 18 runs.

In between the Tests and one-days, Pakistan managed to win a two-match Twenty20 series 1-0 after the first match was abandoned due to rain.

Misbah, who was the team's leading batsman with 227 in the one-day series, admitted it was the batting that let the side down.

"I think our batting struggled throughout the tour, whether it were the Tests or one-days but the pitches were such that even a top quality batsman like Hashim Amla (of South Africa) also struggled (in a few matches)," said Misbah.

"We also played irresponsible shots and we need to address our batting problems."

Misbah dismissed reports in the Pakistani media of a rift between him and Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez.

"We didn't lose because of any rift, we must admit that South Africa were the better team in both the formats," said Misbah, who turns 39 shortly.

He refused to analyse player performances after former greats called for a clean out to prepare for the 2015 World Cup.

"It is up to the cricket board and the selectors to gauge the performance of the players. I can't do that, everyone has seen who has performed," he said.

Pakistan will now compete in the eight-team Champions Trophy in England in June.


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Salman | 8 years ago | Reply

I don't know why people are bend on forcing Misbah to retire when we all know that we don't have any quality replacement(s) in the bucket. All these Asads and Umer Akmals has under performed in the matches they have played so far. I see a bleak future of Pakistani cricket team. There is no sporting activities in our schools and more ever with the advent of computers, young generation is more inclined towards wasting their time playing video games/internet.

Mubasher | 8 years ago | Reply

we lost to England, Australia, SRI lanka & now South Africa under the captaincy of Misbah- ul Haq. at times he become to defensive & as a result Pakistan lost games. We need to ask for retirement from Younas, Malik, & Misbah, AFridi is super fit & performed well in the two games. His bowling is getting improved & he will surely come up with the goods in the next games.

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