Misbah ul Haq. -Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: While insisting that national ODI team still require the experience of Misbah-ul-Haq, former captain Aamir Sohail has urged that it is actually the game’s structure in the country which needs to be improved by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for sustained progress.

Talking to a private TV channel, Aamir said some people wanted Misbah to be ousted as captain and dropped from the One-day International team.

“But this is not the solution,” the former opener remarked.

He reckoned Pakistan cricket needed to utilise Misbah’s services for the country and get the best out of him.

“Presently, we need Misbah’s experience in the [ODI] team. Therefore, it will be a wrong move to drop him from the ODI team and dispose of him as captain,” 46-year-old Aamir, a member of the 1992 World Cup-winning squad, stated. He opined that individuals could not be blamed for the ODI and Test series defeats on the recent tour to South Africa.

“Some are sitting there and are blaming Dav Whatmore, others are pointing the finger at Misbah, some are blaming other individual players [for the losses]. But, the wider and actual problem is the system in Pakistan cricket and not the individuals representing the team,” Aamir, a veteran of 47 Tests and 156 ODIs, insisted.

Noting that Pakistan’s Test matches record in recent years in countries such as England, South Africa and Australia has not been encouraging, Aamir emphasised: “We have won no series in those countries [during these years].

“Rather than people criticising the players and individuals, the board needs to look at improving the [cricket] system in Pakistan.”—APP

Updated Apr 11, 2013 01:12am

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A Subhan
Apr 11, 2013 12:09pm
Thank you very much, Aamir.. for summing it up for all those who want this gentleman, called Misbah, to be out of the circket scene. You made it simple ... "We need Misbah, in ODIs as well as in tests." He is the person whose services for the team in bad times, are unmatchable.
Apr 12, 2013 04:25am
Give me a break! Go watch world cup semi final with India and the only question will pop in your head would be why Misbah is still around. Fire this guy forever.
Apr 12, 2013 04:27am
Instead of making trivial remarks, Mr. Sohail should point out the absence of test cricket in Pakistan. I do not value much his remarks whenever I remember his dismissal on an arrogant display of batting in Calcutta and getting out on the very next ball. Amir Sohail you can not erase that image from People's mind. So keep your remarks to yourself. You have no credibility you are just another talking head.
Apr 12, 2013 07:57am
Those who saw Misbah in the most recent T20 at domestic level could not raise a question for his performance even at t20 level. what i believe , thre are raft of moments when misbah has to sacrifice his natural batting just in order to avoid loss of more wickets at crucial moments. so no point for the ouster for him.
Apr 12, 2013 08:06pm
What good is his experience if one evaluates Misbah's performance in last Wold-Cup semi-final and test series in South Africa. Why was he selected, selectors should have given chance to young and talented players.