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LAHORE: Former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ijaz Butt has hailed the performance of the Pakistan team, especially of its captain Misbah-ul-Haq and bowlers Saeed Ajmal and Umar Gul in the first Test which England lost by ten wickets.

“The entire team worked very hard to achieve this convincing victory, but the way Misbah led the boys is the main factor behind this big achievement and similarly the individual performances of Saeed Ajmal and Umar Gul deserve high praise,” Ijaz told Dawn.

“The PCB faced heavy criticism when we appointed Misbah as captain but now that he has proved himself by leading Pakistan superbly, we stand vindicated with our choice,” he said.

He said the team was also doing remarkably better as far as discipline was concerned and for that the entire team management including head coach Mohsin Hasan Khan and manager Naveed Akram Cheema deserved lot of credit.

Ijaz said no one was expecting such an easy win over a top side like England, but the current team achieved the unthinkable because they played like a unit.

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Sajid Hassan Jan 21, 2012 08:07pm
Ijaz Butt should congratulate himself too for a timely exit from PCB. Had he been at the helm of affairs at PCB, the Pakistani team would still have been in doldrums owing to his confrontationist attitude with individual players. Many cricket experts expected this performance from Pakistan team after Ijaz Butt's exit and they have been proved correct. Congratulations Pakistan team & Friends in Pakistan - Sajid from Delhi
A.J.Siddiqui Jan 22, 2012 03:29am
How amazingly remarkable is that the two alumni of National College of Karachi,Mr.Mohsin Hasan Khan and Mr. Husain Haqqani are serving their institution's good name in quite opposite ways.The writer also is a product of National College of Karachi.
alazy Jan 22, 2012 07:08am
Mr. Ijaz Butt is trying ttake some credit out of this great performance of the team by saying that it was him who appointed Misbah as Captain
umair Jan 30, 2012 09:37am
Pathetic. He try's his level best to destroy Pakistan cricket and almost succeeds. Now when something good happens, he says it is because of his past decisions.