Pakistan’s manager, Moin Khan, said Misbah-ul-Haq’s men did not need to apologise to the fans after their humiliating loss to Zimbabwe in the second Test at Harare.

The shock loss, which leveled the Test series 1-1, according to the former captain and wicket-keeper was more as a result of Pakistan not being able to adjust to the conditions in Zimbabwe rather than anything apocalyptic as some former players have suggested.

“I don't think our level is falling,” Moin said. “I think the conditions suited Zimbabwe team more than us. In both the matches that we lost (one-day and Test) we played badly. We didn't bat well in the second Test, but overall I would say that our performance was satisfactory.

“No, no need to apologise. We didn't lose the series. It was 1-1 and we won the T20 and one-day series.”

Former fast-bowler Shoaib Akhtar had claimed the level of cricket in Pakistan was at its lowest after the loss.

“We have hit rock bottom as a cricket nation,” Akhtar said.

“If we can't beat Zimbabwe then we are going to face a torrid time against South Africa,” former Test leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed said of the upcoming tour.

But Moin defended the team saying, he did not want to “demoralize” players and take measures to boost the confidence.

“I won't say that he is consistently failing,” he said when asked about vice-captain Mohammad Hafeez’s flailing form in Tests.

“He did well in the T20s and one-dayers. He is a good performer but his batting was not good in Tests but he is keen and will try to regain his form.”

Moin also backed coach Dav Whatmore to come good.

“It was not in my domain to plan things,” he said.

“Everyone makes mistakes and I am sure that Whatmore will be doing his best to overcome those mistakes. When you lose to a team like Zimbabwe you learn a lot of lessons.”

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Comments (92)

malik
September 16, 2013 7:32 pm

I agree with Moin khan. Why is 'Mushtaq Ahmed' saying 'we can't beat Zimbabwe' he is England's coach. His team didn't loose to Zimbabwe. He should worry about his own team not Pakistan's team.

dr vimal raina
September 16, 2013 7:39 pm

wonder if Moin would have said the same thing if he was not the manager of the team or was a wannabe manager.

shado
September 16, 2013 7:47 pm

Moin saab will say that because he is part of the team management now PCB now. He is on the payroll of PCB not an independent entity!!!

Omer
September 16, 2013 7:45 pm

I did not except this from a competitive sportsman Like Moin Khan.

"No, no need to apologise. We didn't lose the series. It was 1-1 and we won the T20 and one-day series"

He fails to mention the opponent team is Zimbabwe which is only better than Bangladesh in the ICC test rankings. I think there is a 'need' to apologise or at least explain what went wrong and how are we going to play counter the bowling attacks of SA and Srilanka in the upcoming series.

Saif Ullah
September 16, 2013 7:51 pm

should feel shame on this kind of performance & also on such kind of statements given by manager you are satisfy by winning one day t20 & leveling test series but manager should keep it in your mind that your opposition side is Zimbabwe not Australia south Africa

well said
September 16, 2013 8:01 pm

Well Said Moin

iftikhar khan
September 16, 2013 8:01 pm

Mr Moin khan ,sorry to say this "Stop dreaming, wake up be bold and honestly accept that team has no unity ,they all hate Misbah"Poor Misbah ,he is the only geniun batsman left in the team after Younus Khan the rest are hopeless. Please do me a favour do not defend them, I know you want to hold on to this job.

sohail
September 16, 2013 8:03 pm

Every nation faces a challenge when new junior players start playing Test. India has the same problem last year - lost 8 tests in a row to englad and aus. Young players with a t20 mindset cannot play like younis or misbah. Young players don't have patience. Test match is a test of focus, concentration and patience. So its all right as long as they learn. No need to sack misbah. He was the only one who performed well and don't blame him for other player's failure. Do you expect misbah to spoon feed these young kids. ?? Come on. Not asingle one of them came out and said - we should have batted like seniors. 24 runs ???? These guys can't stand for 30 mins at crease. Pathetic.

Don't blame Misbah or Younis. Rameez Raja is over reacting. What did he do so special during his time. Nothing much. With south africa coming, we need senior players, not juniors. If you fire Misbah now, might as well cancel the series.
So akhtar, Rameez need to shut up and let misbah do his job. Get some new blood if you want, but don't let seniors go.

Javid Shirazi
September 16, 2013 8:07 pm

Beg to disagree. M. Hafeez is a consistent failure. Recall his performance against South Africa earlier this year. Please don't be in denial. He should be dropped for good.

F.R
September 16, 2013 8:26 pm

Funny, Moin Khan changed his tune regarding pathetic performance by Pakistan team bcz he is Manager. What would he say if he is not Manager? This team is just bad and PCB is wasting money by having Whatmore as Coach.

milli
September 16, 2013 8:35 pm

'You learn a lot of lessons?

Please could somepone ask Moin to explain what lessons were learnt?

gr mir
September 16, 2013 8:51 pm

Mr.moin khan you are the No,1 besharm of universe

Capt C M Khan
September 16, 2013 9:07 pm

We would have accepted Moin's stand if it was against SA or England. But to show such ARROGANCE against UNRANKED ICC team! Gosh.

With this type of mindset and Hafeez type of players we will be competing for the Bottom.

Please bring back Mohsin. Moin just wants to secure his job in PCB.

Umair Khalid
September 16, 2013 9:21 pm

Really disappointed by your statements. Please grow up Mr Moin!! Are you saying these things because you are part of PCB now? Every sane person knows that Hafeez is not test material and the team needs a complete overhaul. All non performers need to be thrown out of the team.

Youth
September 16, 2013 9:24 pm

Moin Khan is there to make money, why would he talk low about his team performance.

sami
September 16, 2013 9:44 pm

Wow "Level is not Falling" after dropping to # 6 in test ranking after playing Zimbabwe. Then for sure, we have to raise our STANDARDS.

Thanks to Yonius 200 in first test match otherwise we will be sitting at # 7. But fellows Yonius, Misbah and Ajmal are here but not for long. Who will take there place in test cricket? Hafeez as an opener ;)

What is Whatmore job? He should be replaced by a Pakistani coach. That will help new players to understand what coach is asking for... A foreign coach adds pressure to new players as they have very limited communication skills. Pakistan batting always relied on middle order, but no future prospects can be seen besides Umar Akmal and Umar Amin if they get chance to play as test batsman. Wicket Keeper Mohammad Rizwan should be in team as a wicketkeeper/batsman while Umar Akmal should play as specialist batsman at # 3 or 4.

Kaazi Saab
September 16, 2013 9:52 pm

What's worst than losing to a team like Zimbabwe? The denial of anything being wrong in Pakistan cricket. Were these guys watching the same Pakistani team the rest of us watched? Moin Khan/Sehti have the audacity to say "Our level isn't falling". Well sir, in your opinion, the level may not be falling, but our ICC test ranking has tanked to number 6. Just slightly above Bangladesh. The reason it fell to number 6 is precisely because our level is falling. People like you are the reason our cricket is in the state its in. You are the reason our country is in the state its in. You all are parasites, who get into these "leadership positions" based on "safrish", and not on merit. You are sucking the life out of our country's beloved game, and then have the nerve to say that we have nothing to worry about.

You all work as managers and presidents of Pakistan's cricket team and board (Respectively) but don't have the sense and experience to manage a street team, let alone the national side.

Adeel
September 16, 2013 9:58 pm

If this is what our manager/selector thinks than how can we expect any improvement in team's performance! We have lost a test match to an unranked team who have not been playing test cricket regularly and the blame goes to unfavorable conditions? Have some shame Moin!!! the pitch was not that bad, the batting technique and temperament of Pakistani batsmen was below par, fact is we batted badly as expected by all except for our own Captain ... ask any child in Pakistan he will tell you that our batting is week, ask anyone who follows cricket and he will tell you that your batting is week, ask our own Captain and he will tell you he is concerned about our bowling and our batting is well settled!!! So what else can you expect? If Misbah and his team, the selectors and the board cannot learn from this defeat then they will never learn.

Rogers Evans
September 16, 2013 10:06 pm

Moin is talking nonsense and contrdicting his own words in his statement. He forgot the time when he used to criticize performance and selection of team as an old player. It is pity to hear such statement from Moin.

pakfan
September 16, 2013 10:21 pm

For young talent ex-cricket sportsmen like Waqar Yonius, Mohsin Khan, Mohammad Yousaf, Saeed Anwar are needed in coaching to save Pak TEST/ODI cricket. Example in a coach will help him to be followed by hardwork and training.

Fahim
September 16, 2013 11:08 pm

How often do we see Australia, England, South Africa or India losing to teams like Zimbabwe, Ireland or Afghanistan? Pakistan however is an exception; when they don't perform, they blame the wicket or conditions not suiting them. I'm sure if Moin was not accompanied the team as a manager, his views would have been very different and would be blaming every single player, and perhaps demanding the coach to be sacked. Pakistan team never learns from its mistakes and thats why its considered as the most unpredictable team. What a shame!

Indusonian
September 16, 2013 11:19 pm

I though Mr. Khan was a sane man!

Khwaja Mizan Hassan
September 16, 2013 11:18 pm

It is really a pathetic scenario when the team manager and the care-taker PCB Chief suggest to the public that nothing to worry about pakistan cricket is ok, even after losing to the lowest of low Zimbabwe, it is apparent, that these people need psychiatric evaluation. The influence of Misbah as a captain, whose approach of defense first (blocking every ball) has been the main reason of pakistan's failure in test cricket. His lack of confidence on younger players has demoralized them and has effected their performance. The selection of players is a nightmare, wrong players are being selected for wrong team. I thing as a whole, the country needs intelligent, educated, experienced, and honest people to run the country as well as it sport and other dimensions.

Imran
September 17, 2013 12:54 am

@sohail: Spot on

a
September 17, 2013 1:18 am

I for once, have to agree with Moin. If you look at the level of cricket that ZImbabwe displayed, it was top notch, for which credit is due. Yes, Pakistan players didn't bat well in any of the test match innings, but its not the end of the world. The team played a test match after a long time and there are many positives to take from it. I'm sure the series against S.Africa will NOT be a cake in the park for EITHER of the teams. Keep up the good work Moin and best of luck to the Team Green for the upcoming series.

kamran
September 17, 2013 1:15 am

"level isn't falling" means as long as PCB officials have their jobs. Like all other institutions PCB follows makeshift decisions. For post Misbah/Yonius period in ODI/TEST cricket, long term based decisions needs to be made NOW.

Right choices need to be made for coaches, batting, wicket keeping and bowling. All starts from good coaching. I don't think players especially the young talent can understand Whatmore. Coach converts the talent to a professional player. All test series played this year shows that players having hard time understanding/following the coach. Thanks for Yonius double hundred from saving 2-0 humiliation. Bring in an exemplary Desi coach or start scheduling matches against associate teams.

a
September 17, 2013 1:19 am

@malik: I totally agree.

Ali K
September 17, 2013 1:34 am

"I don't think our level is falling.......In both the matches that we lost (one-day and Test) we played badly. We didn't bat well in the second Test, but overall I would say that our performance was satisfactory."

This statement from Moin is infested with self contradiction. Yes, our level has fallen, we are a team with an average talent, Hafeez is failing in the test matches, Umar Akmla, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafique are inconsistent and (below) average performers etc.. Unless we admit our weaknesses, we cannot hope to improve.

Naveed Khan
September 17, 2013 1:51 am

When you lose to Bangladesh and Afghanistan, Pakistan can learn more lessons. Moin Khan game is about winning and performing, not about learning endless lessons.

Ahmer
September 17, 2013 1:51 am

Say whatever helps you to keep your job, Moin Saheb, no matter how much more harm being in such denial mode harms the game of cricket in Pakistan.

sheikh
September 17, 2013 3:25 am

My dear Moeen...its not the matter of loosing the match its HOW your team lost the match...

Come on now dont deceive yourself and the nation......YES there is a need to OPOLOGISE.....

you are professionals and try to be one when playing or giving rude statements.

Abdul Malik
September 17, 2013 3:46 am

Moin Khan sahib, stop protecting your job. This is typical of us Pakistani nation that we don't have the guts to accept defeat and mistakes. Kaazi Saheb is very right that you have the audacity to say that our standard is not falling? Come on Moin! what more worst that losing to Zimbabwe, ofall the teams in the world.

AH
September 17, 2013 3:54 am

@dr vimal raina: Well said. If the los is not a bid deal then why did PAK dop to 6th place in test rankings?

Sarah
September 17, 2013 6:45 am

There is no reason to panic.Pakistan team has healthy batsman who has been in form to replace the out of form batsman.Umar Akmal ,Umar Amin ,Taufiq Umar is ready replacements for 3 batsman.I would not back Nasir Jamshed unless he shows consistent performance.

Ali
September 17, 2013 7:38 am

Are you joking Moin Khan. Have you been watching the recent Indian A team visit to Zimbabwe? Wake up and smell the coffee.

Amir Cheema
September 17, 2013 8:17 am

Misbah is a good test batsman and back bone of our middle order but a pathetic captain. He does not know which player to include in the playing eleven and who to keep out. He is docile in the field without any energy or motivation. A good captain has to be energetic, motivating and inspiring to get the best out of the team. Energy and fighting spirit of the captain and players are important to win .Our batsman dont know when to be defensive and when to accelerate. Once the ball is getting old and bowlers are tiring the batsmen need to be aggressive to cash in before the new ball is due. Our batsman remain defensive irrespective of the situation. It is time that Younus Khan or even a younger player is made captain and batsman such as Umer Amin and Umer Akmal be included in the team in place of Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafeeq. Batting coach and head coach need to be replaced.

Anees
September 17, 2013 8:47 am

Yes. No need. You will apologize after the next drubbing at the hands of South Africa.

Shaz
September 17, 2013 9:01 am

@Kaazi Saab: You said the words, whole the nation wanted to say. Just remind them that although series ended at 1-1, pakistan lost 8 days of play out of 10 and that if it was not for an extraordinary individual innings, we could easily have lost 2-0 and yes to Zimbabwe. Kazzi Saab, the same Moin had been asking for heads if he wasn't the manager, so hypocrate.

y.s.k
September 17, 2013 9:03 am

Most People talk only sense when they have no responsibility.

M.jamil
September 17, 2013 10:38 am

This is so bloody arrogant. these guys are gutless,never ashamed of their of any humaliation. I still belive its time to disolve the cricket board , ban these thugs altogether.We don;t need any more cricket , enough. its enough.

ahmad
September 17, 2013 11:10 am

@sohail:

Misbah should be fired for: -not because he did not perform well as a batsman -not because he did not perform well as a captain -not because he is oldest guy in the team -not because he is Mr. Tuk Tuk

But, BECAUSE HE KEEPS CHOOSING HAFEEZ IN THE PLAYING 11 DESPITE HIS FAILURES!!!

So for just that one reason he should be fired.

Mike
September 17, 2013 11:11 am

What percentage of their Salaries are the Players paying to the SELECTORS these days? Moin Khan is going to be a Rich man pretty soon just like Ejaz Butt,etc

Ajay
September 17, 2013 11:23 am

I agree with Moin , it was a fight between minnows and Pakistan proved to be a better team than Zimbabwe.

Ali Vaqar Awan
September 17, 2013 11:40 am

Moin Khan should ashamed of making such statement and giving excuses. The of performance has badly fallen down. It went down hill day by day as Zimbabwe mostly dominated. He is on payroll of PCB so he is acting as yes man to save his job rather looking to improve. Shame on you Moin for acting innocent despite the reality being opposite.

Effy
September 17, 2013 11:38 am

Moin speak because he wants money, thats why he also joined ICL and few years back and was banned, now he is PCB Manager, what a joke.........

Durrani
September 17, 2013 11:58 am

Its very shame full that team manager is defending the performance of Pakistan cricket team....if we can loose to a team like to Zimbabwe...so then what will be the result if we play against the world best teams..... Best of luck....cricket team

sanam
September 17, 2013 12:00 pm

So no one here really complained about misbah. i m glad to see that. Now why is Ramiz saahab saying get rid of misbah, shelf life is over etc. ??? younis and misbah saved first test and almost the second test too.

they say misbah is not aggressive. .. have you seen the young and aggressive players ? they dont care, no focus, no change of game plan for a test. for them its just any other game. also we need more domestic cricket on good pitches. hopefully we can do well against South africa. misbah and younis will save us. change some young players, but tooo much rotation isnt good for their own mindset. if i m told every game is my last game, i will be under pressure. give them a chance as long as they learn from seniors and show some improvements. lets not over react. we hardly get to play cricket, all this politics is killing the game. so many new grounds, conditions, change of political leaders, change of coaches, 1000 comments from all of us ... its not good for the team. let us support our team - they were pretty good in last world cup... dont forget.

Khan
September 17, 2013 12:38 pm

Could there be a sillyer response?

"Pakistan not being able to adjust to the conditions in Zimbabwe rather than anything apocalyptic"

JJ
September 17, 2013 1:01 pm

MK is sounding like AZ. He is totally clueless, indeed!

Cosmic Lion
September 17, 2013 1:15 pm

Pakistan has a good chance to beat SA in the upcoming series. The pitches will be bone dry. Steyn and Morkel can only bowl so many overs in the hot weather. Philander is overrated and will be exposed in this series. Pakistan batsmen will come good. Ajmal and left arm spinner will take care of the rest.

Tilikum
September 17, 2013 2:05 pm

Sometimes it takes a very traumatic event to make everyone realize the truth. That traumatic event is heading towards Pakistan cricket team as the 3-0 bashing they will get from the South Africans. Mark my word, SA is a professional bunch and even in flat pitches the current batsmen wont be able to stay on the wicket for a long time. People who live in denial need a beating once in a while to wake up.

vijay
September 17, 2013 3:10 pm

No need to apologize. To hell with Pak public-Moin

Asad
September 17, 2013 4:58 pm

Take it easy peeps.. It's not the first time we've suffered a "shocking" loss. Unfortunately we have a very inconsistent team representing a very inconsistent country. It's bound to happen!

Having said that, no one gave us a chance against England in the UAE when England were ranked 1st and Pakistan had lost key players due to the spot fixing saga.

Guess what - we won that series 3 -0 i.e white washed the best ranked team!

Don't know about u lot but I'lll keep believing :)

javed qamer
September 17, 2013 5:37 pm

Moin khan says not to worry. Moin when he went to Zimbabwe said he is the man in charge. If Moin had not gone as manager can you imagine what he would have written about the debacle in Zimbabwe.
These ex players are so hypocritical.

mo
September 17, 2013 5:36 pm

is Moin the right person to be a manager after this statment considering the opponent.

imtiaz Hydari
September 17, 2013 5:43 pm

Open letter to Moin Khan When you held no position with the PCB, you were the harshest critic of the Pakistan Cricket Teams performance including its coach Dav Whatmore and clamoring for the scalp of everyone in the PCB!!! Now that you were assigned to the team as manager, even a pathetic performance by the team should be shrugged off as nothing and you see no reason to apologize and ofcourse whatmore is now doing a good job!. This is totally unacceptable. The fact is that our team performance was well below expectation even after giving Zimbabwe full credit for putting up a great fight. The batting continues to fail. Mohammed Hafiz, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq in particular failed miserably in the test matches. In the second test, even the bowling was not disciplined - Ajmal looks a little stale. Wicket keeping remains a problem and the quest for a reliable opening pair is elusive. Plenty to explain and apologize for. What should the Pakistan public expect from the up coming South Africa series? Have you set any standards? what are the goals? Dont occupy a hot seat if you cant handle genuine criticism Mr Moin Khan!!!

imtiaz Hydari
September 17, 2013 5:46 pm

Oh yes i forgot to mention the real problem - "DEFENSIVE MIND SET" so obvious from the way our team batted in the first innings of the second test. Like chickens not like lions!!! players are trying to hold their places in the side ... not laying the natural attacking game to win matches.

zem
September 17, 2013 6:18 pm

Yes no need for Apologies!!!!!!! !whats For? They do not bother as much General Public bother,They r making money,Thats it and that a their main purpose!!!!!Shame on it!!!

Moeen
September 17, 2013 6:29 pm

@Cosmic Lion: Height of optimism !!!

Atique
September 17, 2013 6:45 pm

Shoaib Malik was dropped for not performing. Why Hafeez, Asad and shafiq have not been dropped. There is double standard here.

Ali
September 17, 2013 6:48 pm

@sanam: Misbah is good for test but not ODI or T20. Hemaybe scoring in ODI and T20 as well but at a the cost of putting others under pressure to ramp up RR

javed qamer
September 17, 2013 7:29 pm

Moin Khan commented on the loss by the Pakistan team as of no consequence. I wonder what would he have said if someone else was the manager of the team. Retired Pakistani cricketers are hypocrites.if they are in power everything is hunky dory and if they are not in power then they recommend axing the whole team.

Shahid
September 17, 2013 7:27 pm

@sanam: No doubt Misbah is the best batsman we have got for now but I would put a big question mark over his captaincy. Just taking the example of team selection for the 2nd test, I'll call him a chicken who was afraid to drop Hafeez. He is also very deffensive in his decision making approach and yes very reluctant to try new players. Considering the state of our batting, I find very Little difference in, if you play Asad Shafiq or any up-coming talented youngester like Haris Sohail. But by trying out youngesters, specially against Zimbabwe, you could always hope to unearth a future batting hero. By going on with mediocre players like Asad Shafiq who can't even master a 40+ average in low leveled first class set-up of ours, won't take us any where.

junaid
September 17, 2013 7:56 pm

Moin Khan' statement is an example of a substandard manager and selector, who is satistied with a 3rd rated performance. Very soon Zimbabwe will surpass Pakistan in ratings and Moin will say, " Oh, they rank higher because they played better on their home grounds". Moin doesn't seem to know what should be the standard of a world class team. In my opinion all except Misbah should be replaced and put on the notice to improve performance or out of the team. Give chance to the players who are willing to put 110% effort not the ones with 99 or 100%. A good example is Misbah himself, who seems to have figured out his responsibility and makes every effort to play a captain's inning.

junaid
September 17, 2013 7:58 pm

@vijay: You seem to come from India and why are you so upset? Remember the 2-1 one day series Pakistan played in India recently? Against India all these dead players become lions and give their best. So don't be mistaken by the performance in Zimbabwe.

Bablo
September 17, 2013 8:15 pm

Now this is the height of Shamelessness.......

a.rehman
September 17, 2013 8:59 pm

It is shameful that they do not feel shame after losing a team which is far below the standard of an ordinary club. Sorry to say that they will 20 20 series with a slight margin and if the zimbabwe team would have been standard of a club team, they would have lost all the matches. Our team will not be a top class unless we prepare bouncy pitches.

PakFan
September 17, 2013 9:44 pm

@zem: u r right. But money is also not for long! Soon PCB will be out of job like Pakistan Hockey Fed, phir PCB walay bhi dunday bajaynn gay....

And I think Moin Khan knows that. KICK HIM OUT NOW...

Karachi Wala
September 17, 2013 9:47 pm

Since Moin is on PCB payroll now, no need to appologize. Had he been sitting outside, he would have been all Gungho.

Khalid Sami
September 17, 2013 11:31 pm

I agree with Moin that we do not have to worry, England also lost 3-0 in our condition and back at home they are the top side again. UAE pitches should suit us against the South Africans. However, my worry is about our batting I do not think Asad Shafiq is genuine No-6. His struggle against bounce and movement is a concern. I think we have to bring in Faisal Iqbal and give him extended chance to fill up that role. He is also a slip fielder and future Test captain material. As regards Hafeez's role in test cricket should not be any. It is better to make a pool of left handers like Nasir Jamshed and Tauqir Umar to pair with Khurram Manzoor. Umar Amin, Fawad Alam and Haris Sohail should be part of the squad to replace Younus and Misbah when the time comes. As regards bowlers I would like to see a right arm fast >150km to pair with Junaid/Rahat/Wahab/Irfan. Spin department should include Zulfiqar Babar - he is an aggressive bowler going after batsmen and should be better partner for Ajmal.

Farhan
September 17, 2013 11:34 pm

Pakistan will lose 3-0 to South Africa, don't forget that S.A. is a "A" class team whereas Zimbabwe was even lower than class"C".

Moeen
September 18, 2013 1:18 am

“I won't say that he is consistently failing,” A test match opener with an average of 10 runs in the last 10 innings. Either Moin Khan is not well or is pulling Hafeez's leg !!! Hafeez has only scored in tests in local conditions or where the tracks are made for batsmen. You can't judge him based on his performances in ODIs or 20/20. They are a different form of cricket than test matches. Wake up Moin saheb !!

Lord Indra-the Lord of Allah
September 18, 2013 3:25 am

@Cosmic Lion:Make sure you give them nice Paya before they hit the field ...should be soft and juicy.

PakFan
September 18, 2013 4:05 am

@ahmad: Misbah is playing smart by keeping Hafeez as an OPENER! Looks like the only way he can drop Hafeez is by playing russian roulette :))

Nadeem Mirza
September 18, 2013 5:45 am

Sounds like Moin Khan is proud of the loss against Zimbabwe.

PCB Interim Chief, Manager, Coach, Captain and vice captain need to be fired from their jobs. Misbah should only be in the team as a batsman. His defensive approach has cost us several times and his not setting good example for youngsters. Azhar, Asad, Nasir, Umar (all very talented) are getting impacted by Misbah's too defensive approach.

Hafeez should be DROPPED altogether from longer format. Last 12 innings he has scored at an avg of 14.

Whatmore is an over rated coach. Mohsin Khan though not qualified or trained was doing a better job.

If Pakistan cricket needs to win they have to change the attitude. They should be aggressive and should have hunger to win. Politics in the team will ruin the cricket in Pakistan.

Talha
September 18, 2013 6:12 am

@Shahid: Give this crappy team to Afridi aka boom boom as he has an aggressive approach, totally opposite to Misbah's, and then we will see the results. There will be an innings defeat in every match. You need to understand, that when Pakistan's cricket is at its lowest in history, Misbah is trying to save respect our respect (whatever is left). He does not has a team of the 90s or 80s. Misbah and all of us have to live with it until there is a complete overhaul.

Mike
September 18, 2013 7:00 am

@junaid: don't forget that the only test Pakistan won was because of Younas's double hundred when Pakistan needed him to score. So to say that all except Misbah should be given notices does't make sense.

mujahid
September 18, 2013 7:05 am

how very dumb of Moin Khan that the loss was a result of climatic conditions show how much the team is professionally. My suggestion to the cricket board is that before the start of the series the players be sent to the country where they will play so that they are aware of the conditions. Probably what pakistan under Whatmore wanted that Zimbabwe shud replace Pakistan in the test rankings.

khan
September 18, 2013 7:19 am

I like this positive attitude.Why we take it granted that we are going to win against Zimbabwe.Its a weak team,that does not mean that they always play to loose.they also practice,and work hard ,and want to win.if our team has lost one game only,that does not mean that you should forget the other games they have won.We should encourage and appreciate their good performances.International competitions are tough,and the conditions we have in our country,its not easy to bring yourself at that level.Look at other cricketing nations,and look at conditions in Pakistan,then you will realize.

Zoab Khan
September 18, 2013 7:23 am

How things change when these guys come into power. This guy was constantly criticizing previous corrupt administrations, and deservedly so.

Zoab Khan
September 18, 2013 7:21 am

@Shahid: Right now the problem isn't misbah batting performance as much as its his captaincy decisions and team selection. After the ODI match loss he said something along the lines of "this is why we need to play seniors...." But whats the point of playing seniors like Hafeez, Shafiq if they consistently dont perform. Groom a young player.

Patriot
September 18, 2013 9:35 am

Come on! talk some sense, there is nothing to cheer about leveling the series with Zimbabwe. First we ruined our hockey then squash now we are destroying our cricket. Continuing playing with an old captain who can't hit the ball like he used to do in his teens, he builds up the pressure on young batsmen who try to follow his technic but fail to stay long and make any contribution to the score. Keep trying professor who only bats well against Bangladesh or on slow pitches. When everyone was failing why didn't we try Faisal Iqbal who is a tested batsman for longer format. Now it's time we must return something to this country instead of destroying it for our own interests.

junaid awan
September 18, 2013 9:35 am

Mr MK thinks all are idiots except him. People like him have pushed us to a place where we stand right now in cricket...

JUNAID KHAN
September 18, 2013 9:43 am

Well Done Team for winning the ODI and T20 and level the series of TEST , i wish we should have won the Test series too but never mind. Test is the game of patience and i guess our young players have not that temprament so the best practice is to let them sit out for a while and they will be fine. one thing team managmenet should focous on is that if top order is out and bowlers are out to bat , bowlers are suppose to play sensibily for PAKISTAN not for them. i have seen it many times they try hitting hard to become a hero but they fail every time. so dear bowlers you are equally resposible for the loss or win so bat sensibily

Ray
September 18, 2013 10:20 am

@junaid: Just like his sub-standard wicket keeping skills compared to Rashid Latif. I'm sure he doesn't realize that he was in the team due to favoritism from Wasim Akram, rather than his mediocre keeping skills.

Ray
September 18, 2013 10:24 am

@Shahid: Asad is by far the best young batsman along with Azhar. We very conveniently forget that it was him and Azhar who master minded Paks victory against Eng just recently. He also scored a 100 against SA in SA - not many Pakistani batsmen have done it. He and Azhar need to be persisted with, if anything, drop Hafeez. And find a replacement for Misbah and Yunus who don't have a long time left - they should play till they can, but that's not enough time really.

Ray
September 18, 2013 10:21 am

@Atique: Asad scored against SA and Eng very recently, that's why. Follow the games, not just one game please.

Nomi
September 18, 2013 10:22 am

""Moin said. “I think the conditions suited Zimbabwe team more than us."" What a pathetic statement by Pak team manager, i would like to quote the wording of Sachin tendulker " i don't know which type of game it is (T20, One Day or Test) i just know that i have bat and i have to face the ball".........................Misbah is good test batsman (just test) but surely he is a very bad captain, he is never willing to take bold risks, if Hafeez is not doing well, why he is always in team, it has happened many times that he brings back the benching players unplayed, once against Bangladesh, he sustained the same playing elevn in third ODI after winning the series by 2-0.....Old age players are practicing friendships and favors to each other and to their obedient players to stay in team as long as possible, they will never allow talented and capable players to emerge which would endanger their presence in team............Now Pakistan cricket will remain thirsty to see new brave players likeShahid Afridi and Abdul Razaq....all that remain is just TUK TUK...Say Inna Lillah to Pakistan Cricket like Pakistan Hockey

Arju
September 18, 2013 3:05 pm

Moin buddy,

Plz tell your top order to score run little quickly if they can!! following will be the idea to win the match. (which you did for Pakistan)

ODI: 80%-90% minimun T20: 120%-130% Min Test: 50%-65%

It seems to me that they play for stay in the team rather than to win the match.

mehboob malik
September 18, 2013 4:37 pm

well said Mr. Moin, no need to appologize. You are totally right because there is no tradition here in accepting the wrong doing, appologizing or resigning. What we all are doing in every department will result the same. This is really a very shameful situation.

Haroon
September 19, 2013 5:21 am

Why apologize ? After all Pakistan didn't lose and squared the series after hard fought battle. PCB should honor the players and arrange some bonus.

Ray
September 19, 2013 11:32 am

@Atique: Please don't compare Shafiq with Shoaib. Look at his performances against SA and Eng and then make informed comments. Shoaib was a political selection and was there because of Misbah. Shafiq is there because he scored a test 100 in SA which the great Inzamam couldn't do.

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