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We can rebuild the team for the World Cup: Misbah


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Pakistan crashed out of the Champions Trophy last month, losing all three matches. -Photo by AP
Pakistan crashed out of the Champions Trophy last month, losing all three matches. -Photo by AP

LAHORE: Skipper Misbah-ul 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.

“Losing is 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 the security situation.

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 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 Inzamam-ul 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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Mr.T Jul 01, 2013 02:25pm

We can rebuild the team for the World Cup: Misbah... THEN YOU WILL LOSE IN JUST LIKE YOU DID BEFORE, AND BEFORE AND BEFORE...

zam Jul 01, 2013 02:32pm

Top score by Misbah is going to curse for 2015 wc,(means he is going play!!!!!!!!!!)

wasim haider Jul 01, 2013 02:44pm

Waste of time watching u people; u play politics more than cricket;

Osman Jul 01, 2013 04:07pm

My ODI Team Selection: Nasir Jamshed; Ahmed Shehzad; Hafeez; Umar Akmal (wk); Fawad Alam; Misbah (c); Haris Sohail; Umar Gul; Saeed Ajmal; M. Junaid; and M. Irfan. Reserves: Asad Shafiq; Sohaib Maqsood; Hammad Azam; Raza Hasan; and Ehsan Adil.

My T20 Team Selection: Nasir Jamshed; Ahmed Shehzad; Hafeez; Umar Akmal (wk); Sohaib Maqsood; Haris Sohail; Shahid Afridi; Hammad Azam; Ehsan Adil; M. Junaid and Raza Hasan. Reserves: Asad Shafiq; Adnan Akmal; Wahab Riaz; Anwar Ali; and Umar Gul.

arif Jul 01, 2013 04:30pm

As long as Misbah and Hafeez are in the Pakistan Team, they will never win any tournament for Pakistan, be it the world cup or else any other torunament. B'cos they both play politics and dont play for the country.

Naeem Syed Jul 01, 2013 05:18pm

Four Losses out of Five one day series under Misbah. That's a 20% success rate where as India had a 100% in this tournament. Misbah and his team have performed miserably in comparison to Afrdi and his team. Time to retire them all. The 2015 World Cup team should be of all new kids, They are there just give them a chance. We cannot go any lower than where we are now, so let use the West Indies Tour to induct some new blood and let them get trained on the Job.You might be surprised at the results.

irfan Jul 01, 2013 05:23pm

I think pakistan can do anything. They can beat any countries .

Mirza Karamat Baig Jul 01, 2013 05:29pm

This means that Misbah wants to play World Cup 2015. He will be 41 and his could be the worst build up for the event.

Shahid Jul 01, 2013 05:25pm

This statement is a bit repetitive for Pakistan team!

nasim khan Jul 01, 2013 05:26pm

yes, misbah the pakistan team should focus the world cup, but it should be minus misbah, u dont deserve in this team, forget about in the world cup team

anwar khushab Jul 01, 2013 05:37pm

How can you "rebuild" if you keep on selecting the same proved failures? Please show a little intelligence.

zubair jaan Jul 01, 2013 05:50pm

well selectors should be select shahid khan afridi because he is the main batsman whose our team player fears due to that on the team pressure created therefore afridi must be play and leave the imran farhat and wahab riaz and kamran akmal from the team and add chance to new batsmen.

atif dawood Jul 01, 2013 05:59pm

Idon't believe anything misbah says. If we want to rebuild for the world cup, we should start with kicking this old man out of the team. This guy has lost two world cups for us with his tuk tuk batting, please drop this guy from our team now.

Pervez Jul 01, 2013 06:04pm

New build means new players. Lets start by getting rid of all these no hopers in our national team shirts.

I would rather see player with heart than these balorinas who won't perform

Burki Jul 01, 2013 06:46pm

rebuild the team? sure ... Misbah we can definitely rebuild the team by you constantly favoring and picking up the same old tried, tested & failed pathetic players such as Hafeez, Malik, Farhat & Akmal. I remember in the recent series against South Africa, Nasir Jamshed faltered once and he was promptly dropped for the next 2 games & yet we remaied stuck with that utter failure Hafeez who despite plyaing for over 9 years now has a miserable 25 bating average to show. And then picking up yet another gem of an opener Farhat for champions trophy. That is how you are going to rebuild the team, correct?

shado Jul 01, 2013 07:04pm

If team stays the same they can never win, Team need to play more international rather than domestic with international players to build up confidence; they should seriously consider fawad alam and some new kids who have performed in international grounds, and groom new talent. Lastly, they need a Coach who can lift the team spirit rather than teaching them how to hold bat. Because they have seperate coaches for these departments. FIRE DAVE WATMORE and intikhaab alam out !! Save money in that dept, get mohsin khan back from PCB as Coach back, and see the miracle. During his coaching regardless of international experience pakistan has performed better internationally - see the record during his tenure..

mohim Jul 01, 2013 07:12pm

its unfrtunte to say that after top scoring for pak in CT ,Misbah should retire for pak cricket btr perfrmance...

Asif Jul 01, 2013 07:48pm

Mr. Misbah, You are correct Pakistan has loads of talent and we should be able to build and groom new talent for next WC. As long as you are not their to lead it and we are not letting your buddy system works. As of now, we know that we cannot teach players like Hafeez, Kamran akmal, Imran Farhat (Biggest Parchee of all time), Malik, and yourself to adopt new ways of playing cricket. We need aggressive players who wants to take the game to the last ball and as long as we go down fighting I will be satisfied with it. So do Pakistani fans a favor take your tried and failure buddies with you and vanish. So we can really build a new team with new talent.

Long Live Pakistan

Asif Jul 01, 2013 07:50pm

@atif dawood: Well Atif not only he needs to go but also other pachee walaas like Imran Farhat, Karmran Akmal, Hafeez, Malik and please do not bring back Gul either. Also, do not bring back past failures either like Younus, Razzaq. We need to bring fresh blood and new perspective for next WC. Otherwise we will be laughing stock in the world of cricket.

Ali Vaqar Awan Jul 01, 2013 08:04pm

Sorry Misbah you are totally wrong. Instead of building team, he is destroying the team. Its time he must retire for good. Also he wo'nt be fit enough to play in 2015 world cup. His defensive play and captaincy has brought disaster, this is apparent from they way Pakistan performed in Champions Trophy. Pakistan needs to make drastic changes and bring in new players. Even with old players nothing was achieved. Its batting Pakistan really needs to work on along with fielding. Just need to have one coach rather many coaches getting nothing in players mind.

pakfan Jul 01, 2013 09:47pm

PLEASE DO NOT REBULD. Only keep Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal out in ODI, T20 and Test cricket. Bring Ahmad Shahzad, Umar Akmal/Umer Amin and Mohammad Rizwan(wicket keeper) in the team.

Khan Jul 01, 2013 11:50pm

Rebuilding around Misbah..Yeah right... time to retire bro avail this opportunity till there are some dignity cloud upon you.. Kick along a whole bunch as most of you'll know....need some exciting young faces don't care of initial failures they can't be worse than these senior Citizens. Bring in these deserving candidates that are being repeatedly highlighted in recent discussions, like Shoaib Maqsood, Haris Shohail, Umer Akmal, Imad Wasim (all-rounder)/ Hammad Azam/Umar Amin (all-rounders), retain Asad S, Nasir J, Azhar Ali, Hafeez (Only if he performs enough opportunity given), M. Rizwan (WicketKeeper)/U. Akmal Backup, as I always pointed out that we got a fantastic bowling Unit, Plus Amir's return in couple years will be a big bonus...Bring back Mohsin Khan as Coach, Play these young Lads and choose a more aggressive and younger Captain to lead the team ahead... who think we cannot bounce back...yes we can

kirther Jul 02, 2013 12:32am

Yes it is possible to rebuild the team for World Cup but without Misbah, Akmal brothers, Sohaib Malik, and few others. If these players continue to remain in the team it will be very bad news for Cricket fans in Pakistan and around the world. Pakistan will never perform at its best as long as these players are there, for Misbah couple of good innings recently is not enough to justify his selection he has played over 100 One Day matches look at his averages, below par.

Hammad Jul 02, 2013 01:33am

@zubair jaan: used to... not anymore.

Irfan Jul 02, 2013 01:53am

Something is really wrong with cricket in Pakistan.Team playing cricket internationally and then scoring just 166 and 174 runs.The problem either lies with selectors,players or a captain.Choosing good players is the duty of selectors,playing good cricket is the duty of players and decision making is the duty of a captain.

kos Jul 02, 2013 02:04am

If Misbah captains the 2015 World Cup team he will win the Cup for Pakistan. Believe me he has the same determination that of Imran and he takes on the other team on his own as Imran used to do it. He is naturally a hard hitting batsmen who sacrificed his natural game for the team. Without him ak will only score 100 runs in 50 overs.

kamran Jul 02, 2013 02:39am

No rebuild required, we already have a good team IF RIGHT PLAYER FOR RIGHT POSITION IS SELECTED Nasir, Ahmad Shahzad, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq/Umer Amin, Misbah, Mohammad Rizwan(wtk), Hafeez, Wahab/HamadAzam, Junaid/Gul, Ajmal, Irfan

zam Jul 02, 2013 04:52am

being an Indian i just want to see Misbah come pak selecter ignore abdul razzzaq n md yusuf!!!!!talent,skill performance is missbah better thn md yusuf?age!!! who is older?mr hafiz frm from where dd u get PROFESSIOR degree,who put his ego above country.billion of pak cric lovers come to watch cricket with lots of expectation,u let them down .i think those people are more self interestd they r hated same as spot fixing people.billion of pak cric fan r shouting for CHANGE,can we see ANY CHANGE!!!lets hope for best

nukhan Jul 02, 2013 05:03am

Again the same belated excuse... So why was team not rebuilt for champions trophy, all actions or corrective actions are rolled out after future, that shows how short-sighted the management is. Do a complete 8D analysis Identify the problem i.e. batting failures, fieding lapses Root cause of failure Preventive actions Form a new team

AJ Jul 02, 2013 06:26am

It has been said in last 10 years that we are rebuilding the team but still we have same old jokers who never ever perform. Misbah has been instrumental in getting Shoaib Malik selected even when he never performed. It is high time that Farhat, Shoaib, Kamran and a few others are discarded for ever. Even Jamshid and Asad shafiq should be asked to perform or get sidelined. It is now 40+ innings that Asad has not scored a century and his average is 28. No one should be selected who is not able to maintain an average of above 35. Hafeez is the guy who is the most annoying and we surely know that he won't perform in australia. He should be asked to bat at 6 or get a going too. Bring in Ahmad Shehzad, Haris Sohail, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam and Abdul Razzaq. Let Umar Akmal keep in WI but take Mohammad Rizwan with you.

AJ Jul 02, 2013 06:27am

They think that people are disappointed because they lost in the Champions Trophy but they are wrong. Take it since England came to Dubai and count all the ODIs since then, be them be against England, Against South Africa or in CT. Only in india they competed but that too because of a single batsman.

Shahryar Shirazi Jul 02, 2013 07:37am

Misbah, 39 + 2 = 41. How can you survive in the team until the world cup ?

Talha Jul 02, 2013 08:07am

@atif dawood: So who else will you bring if this old guy is kicked out? The legendary Hafeez (next captain) is a total flop and your so called young guns are not performing in matches and fitness tests. This old guy led your team to a respectable position after an embarrassing scandal and he is the only one who is the last man standing when others have returned to pavilion. His only fault is that he does not has the energy like that of Afridi and charisma of Imran Khan. What he has is a brain (because he is educated and civilized) and a solid batting technique with understanding of the game in which he has to compete while leading a team full of below average cricketers. Anyways, you guys wont understand this and its not your fault. Peace.

zain Jul 02, 2013 09:03am

you need to go Misbah

Arrie Jul 02, 2013 09:24am

@zam:yes trash the only guy who has done something. How typical of you guys!

kashif Jul 02, 2013 10:01am

Misbah; Explain what is rebuild first?. Why and When it is required?. Do you know exactly what you are talking about....I am sure you've got no idea.It is same as what you and other circus men of our cricket team doesn't know anything about cricket, respect of country. By the way the entire cricketing needs to be RE-ENGINEERED. That includes PCB also.

Shamshad Nabi Jul 02, 2013 10:09am

Beat any country ? Pakistan can only do its dreams . The standard of theTeam is so low that we will have a tough time against the Minnows .

khawar latif Jul 02, 2013 10:11am

Dear Misbah..!!

Please shut-up and resign if you really want team to be rebuilt for victory.

Capt C M Khan Jul 02, 2013 10:35am

Misbah I like you, you really did well when you took over, you discovered Ajmal SALUTE to you but, you got carried away with POLITICS and started accepting permanent failures like kamran, Afridi, Malik, Farhat and Hefeez which took our proud nation to the BOTTOM. My sincere advise: Tour Pakistan Select and play at least three NEW YOUNG TALENTED BATSMEN in WI and leave a LEGACY and RESIGN.

Amir Cheema Jul 02, 2013 10:37am

I have one question for Misbah. What prevented you from rebuilding for champions trophy. It is time to move on. Misbah should be sacked from captaincy. Selectors also need to be dismissed for their nepotism and favoritism in team selection. No more chances to Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal. They have had their chances. New team with young players with energy and motivation to win. Dave Whatmore should be dismissed as well. New set up is needed to build confidence in the team. Use West Indies tour to give exposure to new captain and new players.

Sajid684 Jul 02, 2013 10:46am

Their statement after World Cup.....We are preparing for XYZ tour...

raj Jul 02, 2013 11:02am

Every week and defensive captain who wants his position safe in the team selection says the same dialogue but Misbha Bro Billi kee khwaab meii chetedeee......Tum hoo thoo Pak kabhi world cup nahii jeeteengee u were not there in T20 world wen Pak won the final and dashing Afridi blowed every good baller to 6 and 4's...

salim feku Jul 02, 2013 12:25pm

hmmm... If they practice 5 times day (of course cricket), they can knock out any team.

Naeem Syed Jul 02, 2013 01:24pm

The definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over again with the same end results.

nasim khan Jul 02, 2013 01:38pm

@atif dawood: mr. atif daweed i am 100% agreed with u, i do not understand those people who support misbah, misbah is technically good batsman, but he lacks vision and he is very darpok (scary) type of batsman, he does not have any courage, he should have followed MS Dhoni.

Indusonian Jul 02, 2013 05:20pm

He is correct, loosing is not the end, get ready for more losses.

Adil Abdali Jul 02, 2013 05:29pm

Look Who is talking, Misbah's defending style of batting and captaincy makes Pakistan team at lowest in one day teams. Misbah kamran and malik should be kicked out.

rizwan Jul 02, 2013 06:29pm

What conditions were difficult!!! there were slow turning pitches. I didn't see a green top throughout the tournament. even the final was played on a turning track. India was playing at home conditions. sir please come up with right excuses.

M.Toor Jul 02, 2013 08:22pm

He is older than 39 for sure, all Pakistani cricketers misrepresent their age.

sami Jul 02, 2013 09:09pm

@raj: CORRECTION; Raj bai Here we are talking about ODI team not T20

Asif Jul 03, 2013 12:09am

@Osman: Osman i guess people like you must be running PCB since they are keep picking the failures over and over. I would not pick Hafeez, and akmal brothers for anything.

Khan Jul 03, 2013 01:46am

Its Captain