Misbah hopes Team Green can rebuild after Trophy collapse

By AFP
Published: July 1, 2013
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Misbahul Haq. PHOTO: AFP

Misbahul Haq. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: Skipper Misbahul Haq put a brave face Monday on Pakistan’s miserable collapse at the Champions Trophy, believing the team can overcome serious weaknesses to rebuild for the 2015 World Cup.

Pakistan crashed out of the eight-team Champions Trophy last month, losing all three matches as their batsmen flopped once again.

But 39-year-old Misbah, who top-scored in the Trophy with 173, was confident the team can bounce back.

“If we have lost then it’s not the end, we can rebuild the team in the next two years for the World Cup by working on good players,” Misbah told reporters on his return from England.

Apart from Misbah, all other top order batsmen flopped with opener Mohammad Hafeez scoring 38 runs in three matches, Asad Shafiq 41, Shoaib Malik 25 and Kamran Akmal 23 at the Trophy held in England.

Misbah conceded changes in the team ahead of their five-match, one-day and two Twenty20 international series in the West Indies later this month.

“We have to sit down and discuss, make changes where necessary and plan who are the players to be groomed for the future,” said Misbah, who will retain his position as captain for the one-day series staring in Guyana from July 14.

Misbah denied there was any rift in the team following the poor performances.

“Whenever the team loses such negative things come up but there are no differences because these are the same players who did well recently,” said Misbah.

Pakistan have now lost four of their last five one-day series under Misbah.

Misbah said as captain and as a Pakistan cricketer he was “deeply disappointed” with his team’s showing in the Champions Trophy.

“We are playing all our cricket outside Pakistan and that is also one of the reasons we are suffering,” said Misbah of the lack of home series due to Taliban and al Qaeda-linked attacks.

Pakistan has been forced to play at neutral venues since militants attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in March 2009, ending all foreign tours to the troubled country.

Misbah said batsmen needed to lift their standards.

“Conditions in England were tough and our batsmen couldn’t handle that, but we have to address that problem sooner rather than later,” said Misbah.

Pakistan is expected to appoint former captain Inzamamul Haq as batting consultant after their experiment with Australian coach Trent Woodhill in the Trophy failed to produce desired results.

Misbah said he will sit with selectors to finalise a team for the West Indies tour. The team is due to be announced on Wednesday.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Rana
    Jul 1, 2013 - 4:25PM

    Its about time, get rid of old horses and rise with the fresh ones, when expectations are at lowest ever fortunately!!

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  • bravozulo
    Jul 1, 2013 - 4:56PM

    Please enough of old guys. We have had enough of Younis Khan. Look at his dismal performance in every major tournament. Give young also one or two chances as we have given hundreds of chances to the likes of Younis Khan, Imran Farhat and Kamran Akmal.

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  • Naved
    Jul 1, 2013 - 8:39PM

    Juxtapositionally speaking, what Misbah Ul Haq needs to do is give 110 percent to the team, motivate the boys, and comb his hairs and stuff.

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  • Kamran
    Jul 1, 2013 - 8:42PM

    Misbah is getting off to a good start by working on upper body strength, as shown in the picture. This, as we all know, was Bradman’s secret to success. Inshallah, Misbah will retire with a batting average of 100.01 etc.

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  • Nasir
    Jul 1, 2013 - 9:20PM

    No Mullah in the team setup please! The team’s downward spiral started when Mullah influence came in batsmen first starting from Saeed Anwar, Mohammad Yusuf, Inzamam, Afridi and others. Look how our batting suffered from the cancer of theocracy introduced to Pakistan by Gen. Zia-ul-Haq.

    Now you want Inzamam as a batting consultant? Why not have all bearded Mullah as a whole cricket team. So they can loose more often and blame on some other superstitious beliefs.

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  • Jul 1, 2013 - 11:31PM

    What will happen now in West Indies tour? will find out in some days but the fact is West indies had beaten the Greens in Champions Trophy and now again match with it are coming and of course Shahid and Younus are also added in the squad. Too much complications.

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  • Gul Khan
    Jul 2, 2013 - 7:25PM

    @Nasir:
    I have never ever heard a such a Garbage in my life and I’m following Cricket since 1975
    G.Khan
    Birmingham
    UK

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  • Rashidahmad
    Jul 5, 2013 - 1:46PM

    Misbah still Team odi Captain Sorry for Pakistan odi Team in t 20 Misbah was Not added well done but in odi still Misbah s Captain i can Not belive that ok he have Good Record but Not Good as much as Afridi but i Hope they Win odi in Misbah captinain and also Hope that Misbah add Afridi also in odi Team to fortget all the Fights Problem so Good LUCK to Pakistan Team in Westindiens tour

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