Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq addresses a press conference at the team
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq addresses a press conference at the team's training camp in Abbottabad. -Photo courtesy PCB

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq believes his team is mentally stronger after defeats in South Africa and ready for next month's Champions Trophy in England.

South Africa swept Pakistan 3-0 in the Test series but Misbah's team proved tougher opposition in the one-day series before losing it 3-2.

“Our players benefited from playing tough cricket in tough South African conditions and that helps you to get mentally more focused for difficult conditions,” Misbah said Wednesday.

The team's six-day training camp ended Wednesday in the northern town of Abbottabad, and included team talks from former captains Wasim Akram and Javed Miandad.

Pakistan will play two ODIs each against Scotland and Ireland later this month before taking on West Indies, South Africa and India in its Champions Trophy Group B matches. The Group A comprises defending champion Australia, England, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. The Pakistan Cricket Board planned a short camp in the cool weather of Abbottabad to prepare for similar conditions in England during the eight-team competition, starting June 7.

“It's (Abbottabad) at some height and a bit cooler too which helped us to get used to the conditions we might get in England,” he said.

Pakistan batsmen failed against the likes of South African fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander in test matches and Misbah said his batsmen should focus more on improving their skills in test matches.

“When you play lots of short versions of cricket you don't get much stronger technically,” he said.

“We are all professionals ... when you prove yourself in test cricket and technically your basics are strong, you have more chances to succeed in one-day cricket and T20 cricket.”

The selectors have dropped experienced batsman Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi for the Champions Trophy due to poor form and Misbah said such tough decisions had to be taken.

“It's difficult when you play without your senior players but sometimes you have to take such decisions,” he said.

“We still have lot of matchwinners in the team, the way they have been performing recently.”

Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore said it was difficult to predict its chances in the Champions Trophy.

“If we play to our potential we can put pressure on any team so that's our goal, our goal is obviously to win it ... our goal is to do the best that we possibly can in every game that we play.”

Published May 08, 2013 03:24pm

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nasim khan
May 08, 2013 04:23pm

It is laughable to see that misbah has given such a stupid statement, he has lost his mind, he is not an intelligent person, otherwise he surely would have been a player like Md. Yusuf, or definitely like Md. Yunus, he has all the potential, but his upper part is not as sharp

raj
May 08, 2013 05:47pm

Misbha is no1tuk tuk....Misbha can make a easy win into the toughesh wins......he only nos tuk tuk puk puk...

OBAID BEG
May 08, 2013 06:32pm

Very nice scenic ground. Things have changed from late seventies. This should be a test venue....

Hyder
May 08, 2013 07:01pm

Dear Sir,

Young batsmen like Haris Sohail, Ahmed Shahzad, Fawad Alam have scored heavily in the domestic tournaments whereas the selection committee has persisted with repeatedly tested and flop batsmen like Shoeb Malik, Imran Farhat, Mohamed Hafiz have been picked for the champions trophy.

What can you expect from platoon of buffoons selectors headed by Iqbal Qasim.

Regards,

Hyder

junaid
May 08, 2013 11:53pm

I agree with Zaheer's opinion that our batsmen need a lot of coaching to attain sound bating techniques. No matter how good our bowlers are, if the batting fails ( as it always does ) we can never win matches. Bottom line is that a balance needs to be maintained. South African bowling looked good enough against our team because their batsmen were doing above average job also.

zaffar
May 09, 2013 01:27am

If Misbah thinks that after six days of training they are a better side now then he is fooling himself and the nation.

sahil
May 09, 2013 10:40am

Let we see how much you are strong...

George Thakur
May 09, 2013 11:06am

First 'female' cricketer in all male Pakistani team: Miss Bah, as they call him outside Pakistan. I sincerely hope Misbah Ul Haq chooses his children's names with more care.

raj
May 11, 2013 12:45pm

Misbha must learn from Mushfiqur Bangladesh captain who quit as a captain after a series lost Misbha will play as captain if he looses 100 series no doubt in that the most Beshram person on earth...... and chellaaa of Hapizzz