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Pakistan need to rethink Misbah's place in team: Gavaskar

Published Jan 08, 2013 02:52pm


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“Some serious thought needs to be applied to Misbah’s position in the team.” -Photo by AFP

Former India great Sunil Gavaskar termed Pakistan’s abject surrender in the 3rd ODI against India “baffling display of timid batting” and suggested captain Misbah-ul-Haq rethink his place in the shorter-form of the game.

Pakistan, who won the three-match ODI series 2-1, lost the last game in New Delhi by 10 runs chasing a paltry total of 167. Although the defeat was drowned in euphoria at Pakistan’s triumph, the Indian batting legend said the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) needed to take some tough decisions.

“One would have thought that the experienced Misbah-ul-Haq would have been able to handle the situation, but he inexplicably went into a shell and at the other end the excitable Umar Akmal was just waiting to do something rash,” Gavaskar said in his columns for Gulf News.

“It was the approach of Misbah that cost Pakistan the game, much as it did in the semi-finals of the World Cup two years back. Pakistan may have won the one-day series 2-1, but if they are to carry on winning then some serious thought needs to be applied to Misbah’s position in the team. He is not getting any younger and it was his dropped catch in Chennai that allowed Dhoni to go on to a century,” he added.

Gavaskar also tipped Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistan’s captain in T20s, to take charge of the ODI side.

“Hafeez is looking a good leader and the way he is batting and bowling, as well as taking superb catches, he could be the man that Pakistan needs to win glory again. With the World Cup just a couple of years away, Pakistan, like India, should be looking at building a nucleus for that event — just like India seemed to be doing with the messages sent to two senior and prolific players by leaving them out of the team,” he said.

Whether Pakistan are ready to follow India’s lead it remains to be seen, but they will need to iron out the chinks fast as their next assignment pits them against the top-ranked South Africans in a three-match Test series, two T20s and five ODIs. The long tour starts on January 25 and will run until March 24.


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GreenOval Jan 08, 2013 03:12pm
Gavasker is right on the money. Pakistan' bench players as usual were mere tourists. One would have hoped that at least Haris Sohail was given the opportunity given the series was already won. But there are strong lobby in the management who constantly protects the interests of Akmal clans. Had Haris been played and performed, this could have been a big curtain for Umar Akmal. It's time the selectors realize that to succeed at international level one needs brain and wisdom to compliment talent but unfortunately Umar Akmal may have the talent but the buck stops here. Time to move on and give opportunities to some of the bench players, don't select them just to carry drinks and take photographs.
jalind Jan 08, 2013 06:15pm
Gavaskar has no right to comment on Misbah`s batting. He should keep in mind what he did in 1975 world cup match against England-batting out 60 overs for just 36. A disgusted spectetor threw his lunch at the opener`s feet.
Jackson Thomas Jan 08, 2013 07:19pm
The match was probably fixed to salvage some Indian pride and some free cash for Pakistani players. No wonder Pak went down so tamely !
Ian Jan 08, 2013 06:17pm
More than performance analysis, the valid point he has made requires attention. Is this the team for the World Cup 2015? Is this your captain? It is difficult to think that the PCB and the selectors are not thinking about it. Misbah can make it easier for the selectors by stepping aside like Tendulkar, Pointing, and Hussey. And that should be now. Misbah has done a wonderful job. Pakistan should thank him and move on to the next level. PCB should also be committed to a new captain till the WC 2015 and allow him to work with the selectors and build a team. This team has some exciting players and if allowed consistency, Dave will make them a winner.
Husain Bulman Jan 08, 2013 04:06pm
Gavaskar is right, Misbah has no place in this ODI side and he will not be around by the time of 2015 World Cup.............
M H Jan 08, 2013 04:13pm
Every time I think about going to the circus to see the clowns, I save my money and instead opt to watch Umar Akmal 'take responsibility' when he is batting for Pakistan. If someone could explain to me exactly how he got out and what he was doing at the time? Beyond me. He should go, but we know what will happen...
sami Jan 08, 2013 07:01pm
Misbah has done a great job for the country. He took over the captanicy of the Pakistani cricket team when the team was in a very difficult time and made that unit a very well knit unit. In general I agree with Gavaskar that one cannot be the part of the team based on just their captaincy credentials but Pakistani team is unique. You can pick best Pakistani 11 and put them under a weak captain and I bet that team will be in a disarray immediately. I think Misbah should stay in the team for another 1-2 years with Hafeez as his deputy under training. He needs to change his batting approach in one day format to be more positive. He is a good batsman. He just have to play more positive cricket.
asgher Jan 09, 2013 08:49am
Aside from his batting style, the decisions and strategy of misbah works against the team. Like when india was 29/5 he just took away all the attack and allowed dhoni to score his century with singles. How can you not attack after such a great start??? I was expect 110 all out by then. Also if you have less than 200 total against india, you should focus on wrapping the match in early 40 overs. Junaid khan was given 9 overs eventhough he got 4wickets in that match?! He simply lacks aggression as a player and as a leader.
Rehan Jan 08, 2013 04:03pm
there you go Sunny..... bulls eye..... alongside this PCB should also rethink about Akmal Brothers .... it was also quite annoying to see budding youngsters in the Dug Out they were not even used as substitutes .... I saw Umar Akmal and Imran Farhat used as Substitute fielders in the 1st and 2nd ODIs ...
Muhammad Waqas Jan 08, 2013 04:13pm
10000000000000000% agreed with you Sunil, even Misbah has to rethink his place at Tests as well i didnt see any good performance from him as of yet so he has to leave the place for juniors, but who cares this is the very big problem in india and pakistan that no one is ready to leave or not ready to give chances to their juniors because they knows that they dont have any place in these circumstances and if they leave now they will be no more, all politicians and players are included in this list. Really very sad for my beloved country Pakistan. Long live Pakistan without all these Culprits
Logical thinker Jan 08, 2013 04:14pm
I completely in agreement, that Musbah is done and we should develop new talent to lead the ODI &Test teams.
Saad Jan 08, 2013 04:17pm
Please PCB and selectors wake up and use your brain honestly in selecting the team. The only player scored in the odi series was nasir jamshed, Younis , Misbah the most aged and to be called senior playes did not perform in the middle order, Kamran Akmal has 2 ducks and Umer Akmal selfishness . Selector selected Azhar Ali for Odi thats nuts . Wake up wake up please be sincere and honest to your country money is not everything. Give chance to younsters when they go to the tour. Thats a request from the whole nation of Pakistan , Sack Misbah from captaincy. That is so frustrating seeing him as a captain . Saad USA
Qamar Jan 08, 2013 04:22pm
he is commenting from a pure cricketing angle.It's not indian or pakistani biased. He's absolutely right to point out the futility on run scoring when Misbah is in the middle.I honestly believe that just like our culture, our cricket board is too relaxed to tweak to get better. Misbha place in the team is no more than a "lucky charm" due to the results that Pakistan has achieved under his captaincy.
Shehzad Jan 08, 2013 04:18pm
I absolutely 100% agree with Gavaskar. It was Misbah who cost Pakistan the Semi Final game against India in the WC and it was Misbah once again who cost Pakistan the 3rd ODI against India thus preventing a 3-0 sweep. Jan 08, 2013 04:18pm
Thank you Mr. Gavaskar for being so constructive and realistic about Pak-Team and that Tuk-Tuk-Captain Misbah. Pls. say it again that Misbah, Yunus, Azhar Ali and India's Jamai Raja should be OUT right away like we kept Afridi OUT. A.Razzaq must be included in the team, he is a fine all rounder like Hafeez and as a Captain Hafeez is great. Umar Akmal must be controlled otherwise, he will end up like Afridi. Kamran Akmal should also be replaced once we find a wicket Keeper/Batsman like Dhoni. We have sufferred many defeats as Kamran has failed as an 'opening batsman'. Wondering why was he sent to open the innings.??? Thanks again. Regards, Iqbal Hussain. (USA).
Nadeem Jan 08, 2013 04:26pm
is there any credibility left in his words...Lets see...what did he say about indian captain before this series and what Dhoni did proved gavasker dead wrong. These old players who played three test per year and scored 1st run in two hours need to realize that they are not the demi gods of this game in the modern era.
Wondipuli Jan 08, 2013 03:21pm
pakistan has won the series ....................Just because of the last one day match loss Gavasker should not complain his performance.....First I will suggest gavasker to rectify the faults in our Indian team rather than Pakistan team...................Wondipuli chennai
Talat Ali Hamdany Jan 09, 2013 08:34am
I think that Gavaskar has made a good comment as he understands the game very well. It was Gavaskar who said Pakistan was a strong contender to win the world cup in Australia when we actually thought we were down and out.
Pakistani Jan 08, 2013 07:12pm
We got people who are taking care of all this. Mr. Gavaskar with kind regards please have a look onto your own team performance which is getting miserable day by day ever since they won the world cup, try pin pointing things in your team, because I've never seen Indian sharing something for Pakistan benefits, you didn't give us 2 man of the match awards, and the last one that to our spin bowling legend Saeed Ajmal who got his career best bowling figures, although he don't need any award for his credibility (Not even the ICC one) but clearly it's very unfair. So you better keep your valuable suggestions with yourself and rather share these with your team for their good. Thank you and no offence
Mera BHARAT Mahan Jan 08, 2013 04:30pm
Except INDIA in my locality we are big lovers of pakistani cricket...Pakistani bowlers....i love umar gul and m.d aamir.......and for gavaskar think about INDIAN batters rather than pakistaani player...
WeCare Jan 08, 2013 04:31pm
Yes .. Gavaskar is correct. Nothing personal to Misbah. It's all about process and the process demands that Misbah must make room for someone more enthusiastic and mentally smarter. His captaincy style and batting style does not suit the ODI requirements.
Indusonian Jan 08, 2013 03:15pm
Mr. Gavaskar is exactly right.
Ahmad Jan 08, 2013 03:17pm
Reality Check! Jan 08, 2013 03:02pm
Fair comments.....I guess PCB and hopefully Misbah are also thinking about post-Misbah team in particular the ODI.
Riz - US Jan 08, 2013 04:49pm
@ GreenOval - You said it all my friend..... I don't even play the younger Akmal in the mohallah cricket as he is extremely highly overrated player for the reasons known to the selectors only. I am really surprised whenever Ramiz Raja commenting praises him as if he is the calibre of some great players. Feel like he has got a big parchi behind him. Oh well, I would rather celebrate the win against India rather criticizing a player who doesn't deserve to be in the team as nobody will pay any attention to the fans feelings for the team. God bless!!!
Riaz Jan 08, 2013 05:08pm
Gavaskar has a point. The issue is whether Misbah should be dropped now or later. I would say later perhaps after South Africa series....which will be a tough one. That said on the whole Misbah has done a great job with the team, from leadership viewpoint. He has brought calmness and sense of normality. So he should be applauded for that. Whilst Hafiz is a good player he does not have same leadership qualities as Misbah. The akmal brothers don't react well to pressure....they need to be groomed in the class room to learn how to deal with pressure. Their body language is awful.....that's why somebody like Misbah is need around for some time more
mobeen Jan 09, 2013 09:12am
I think Sunil Gavasker is absolutely right in this and i think ,pakistan cricket board has to make decision in favor of the cricket rather politics. Misbah has no place in the team rather they can use afridi as a bowler if needed.
Saima Khan Jan 08, 2013 05:39pm
Misbah should go. His batting is miserable. Actually due to his batting and fielding Pakistan become crucial in each important match. Misbah Uncle leave us alone.
Anony Jan 08, 2013 05:39pm
"Whether Pakistan are ready to follow India
Saylani Jan 09, 2013 02:17pm
I agree with Sunny . Pakistan need another capt . Please keep Afridi away .
sajjad Jan 08, 2013 07:28pm
Gavaskar has been an inspiration for Pakistani players as well and his point of view on south asian cricket is for the sake of better sporting spirit. Cheers!
Sheetal Jan 08, 2013 07:31pm
Gavaskar's own style was similar to that of Misbah I wonder why he is offering free advices. It is very easy to criticize playing style after match is over. Misbah is not the culprit. He had a plan to save wickets and than accelrate scoring in last overs instead of going for boundries and loosing wickets halfway through the match. This is a common approach. Gavaskar critcize Sehwag for being too aggressive while criticize Misbah for being too cautious. While jugding a batsman merit of the bowling and fielding is also taken into consideration. Batting is not done in vacuum. Mr Gavaskar should know better as a fomer batsman.
akhan Jan 08, 2013 07:57pm
Nothing that Mr. Gavaskar has said or suggested has taken away the much deserved victory of Pakistan, but in the light of everything magnificient that we have seen in the past few days i think when somebody this senior and with the sensibility of the game suggest something constructive, we should learn to listen to him. Mr. Gavasker is absolutely right and we should accept the fact that Misbah's playing days are behind him now. I dont care if he is also critisizing indian team or not but if a suggestion is made that is worth looking into, we must do. Sometimes it is useful to look into facts with logic rather than taking it as an offence.
skeptic Jan 08, 2013 08:06pm
though i am a great fan of mr gavaskar but i think he is wrong on this one. i also think strangely Pakistani cricket fans generally don't appreciate the contribution of misbah as a captain to the national side,the fact is Pakistan cricket was a mad house when he took over as the captain of the national team. he has given impressive results and brought calmness to the whole team. this should be respected.
Aqil Siddiqi Jan 08, 2013 08:18pm
I always admired and loved Sunil Gavaskar. I agree with him, that Misbah tactics did cost Pakistan a complete white wash over India(Unless the match was fixed). I just don't know, what happened o Indian batting. Beside Dhoni, no one has done anything for India.
Aqil Siddiqi Jan 08, 2013 08:22pm
Wondipuli, do you really know, what you are talking about. I fully endorses Sanil Gavaskar views.
Aqil Siddiqi Jan 08, 2013 08:24pm
Misbah is an idiot. Him and Mohammad Yousaf are the kind of players, that should never ever leads any team. Because of these two morans, we have lost not just the games, but series too. That loss in Australia few years ago, because of Yousaf captaincy, still hurts me and always will.
abdul Jan 08, 2013 08:27pm
gavasakar is not sympathetic to pak cricket! misbah was the hightest scorer in the run chase; he plays according to situation, provides stability, leads by example and has good cricketing brain; blame U. Akmal for not finishing the game; in the previous two ODI no need to Misbah to score as there was no crisis situation; why didn't Hafeez finish the game? he was in such good form? I don't like Hafeez, can handle pressure and throw away his wicket. Misbah always looks to built partnership. Atleast when Pak loose, they still loose fighting. Appointing Misbah as captain was the best thing happen to Pak in long time that's why other teams don't want him to lead Pakistan.
Aqil Siddiqi Jan 08, 2013 08:30pm
That's PCB for you. If not for our bias and hypocriricle PCB policies, Pakistan would have been one of the top teams in the world. Talents coming out from left right and centre in Pakistan, but, what's the use, if the talents have not been used.
Taz Jan 08, 2013 08:44pm
Yes I told so many time misba must go with honor now thanks gowasker sir
Taseer Jan 08, 2013 08:53pm
Sunil Gavaskar is saying the right thing and Misbah should go because he is 38 years old, his batting is poor and led to the loss in the 3rd ODI. His captaincy isn't great PCB need to replace Misbah and bring in young players. The likes of Anwar Ali, Haris Sohail and Wahab Riaz should have been given a chance in the 3rd ODI.
saad Jan 08, 2013 10:10pm
PLEASE PLEASE remove Misbah from ODI team there are FAR better batsmen sitting on the sidelines... Even Umar Akmal for all his rashness has better strokes. If you just need to strengthen middle order, bring back Yousuf, he has no ambitions for leadership now, and he is still a world class player we have wronged. Better yet, Asad Shafiq may be a sound investment into the future.
sali Jan 08, 2013 10:12pm
Time for Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali and Umer Akmal to become permenant with Hafeez and Nasir. Bowling is looking good but batting needs some consistency with solid tecnique. No need for Shoib Malik and Misbah in ODIs.
saad Jan 08, 2013 10:13pm
I would also like to point out that Misbah's test successes were mainly at the shoulders of Mohsin Khan. Throughout the England test series, there was a pattern that Pakistan dominated initial 30 minutes, and as soon as the situation changed, Misbah was clueless. However, he is still a good test batsman, and deserves to play. Just not sure if he has the brains or courage to lead.
Positive Jan 08, 2013 10:23pm
Learn to respect your players Saima! If Misbah is unfit to be the captain than only the board and selectors should be held responsible. It is not his decision to be the Captain. He has been sincere to his country and has tried his best to win games for Pak! Calling him names show that it is actually you who may need to go back to school!
Positive Jan 08, 2013 10:38pm
GreenOval! Umer is not just talented..he is a special talent that is rare!! so don't make wild suggestions to get rid of one of the rare talent Pak cricket has in its box!! We must explore the key to align his act and talent to his natural potential and groom him at all costs to convert him into his true worth..that is a world class batsman! Please learn to address them with dignity and respect!
Ajaz Haque Jan 08, 2013 11:39pm
Sunny Gavaskar is absolutely right. Misbah is a Test player, not a limited over player, his solid and slow batting suits test games. He should not be played in 20/20 or ODI matched. His suggestion to appoint Hafiz, Captain of short form games makes a lot of sense and PCB must reflect on it.
Pier Wasif Jan 09, 2013 12:28am
Gavaskar is 100% right Thank You Sir, your comments are welcome this was his sincere advise for Misbah to quit ODI we did not win because of Misbah's captaincy we won the series only because of few players, there are lot of them do not deserve to be in the ODI team,namely Younus Khan, Shahid Afridi,Kamran Akmal, Umar Gul, Misbah-Ul-Haq there is no place for them in the ODI team. we have to inject some fresh young blood I am sure there is plenty of talent in Pakistan,secondly I wonder why India always goes for a English or Australian Coach when they have legend like Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Ganguly Dada,Little MasterTandulkar,& Kumbley so many greats , what make's BCCI looks for Coach outside the country.BCCI should think again & again before hiring a English coach I think India will do much better with utilizing the services of Indian legend.
Sy3d Jan 09, 2013 01:46am
He is 38 and the shine is gone. He must retire with respect while he can otherwise the boot from PCB will hurt !!! Before Gavasker, PCB shuold have realised this. He is good for test arena though. He and the other oldie, younis khan are fit for test cricket but never for ODIs.
Khan Jan 09, 2013 02:00am
It is not only the last ODI but also in the first ODI he dropped an easy catch of Dhoni to let them back in the game. Misbah has outlived his utility in ODI. He should pass the baton and move on.
ali Jan 09, 2013 02:18am
Totally agree with Sunil.
iftikhar khan Jan 09, 2013 02:22am
I agreed 100% with Green Oval 3rd ODI was the best chance to test your all new talents.
Bilal Jan 09, 2013 02:55am
Mr Gavaskar, you were against Pakistan visiting, always have negative and biased views about the Pakistani team/people in general. Please go fix your Indian team before giving opinions about Pakistan and Misbah's team which defeated you at home.
Adnan Zaka Jan 09, 2013 02:57am
The Greatest of the Greats has spoken. Misbah and also Younis should be used only in the test cricket format. But cricketers like Umar Akmal who throws away his wicket in every outing in the most comical manner can not replace these guys. Shahid Afridi who is old but also very out of form for so long that he may consider to call it a day or play the full domestic season and may be county cricket also so he can get back to his original form. Like India, Kholi, Raina and Sharma are very well established and got more opportunities internationally to learn all three formats of cricket. Look at Pujara and some upcoming players who are knocking the doors and can get a selector's approval any day or anytime. So it is always good to have replacements ready and than let the old players go.
Farooq Mogul Jan 09, 2013 03:22am
Gavaskar is absolutely right, Misbah is a problem and should be removed from ODI and captaincy. I don't think he even deserves a place in test side also. Its time to show him the door.
Chaigram Jan 09, 2013 03:24am
Agree with the legend. Misbah has to go, Pakistan has to look ahead to groom new capitan. Good luck.
Kadir Jan 09, 2013 03:46am
Sunny is a world class cricketer who has an eye to judge a player by his skills and callibre. He is not the only one who criticize Misbah's poor captaincy skills there are sr pak cricketers too who have expressed the same about misbah as player & captain. One must have a cricketting brain to qualify to be a captain and Hafeez is one of them.
Desi Jan 09, 2013 12:13pm
I agree 100%,. its time to send Umar, Kamran and Misbah home. Margin of defeat would have been lot bigger if these 3 werent part of the team. Bring new ppl in that are performing in domestic not the old failures that had let the team down again and again.
Hassan Jan 09, 2013 04:01am
I don't understand why players in Pakistan won't retire on their own until they are kicked out. Look at Aussies, they have better things to do when they turn 37 or 38. Misbah has become a rash that won;t go away.
Que Jan 09, 2013 04:41am
He is a waste, costing us matches; fcuking throw him out of ODIs!!!!
Bbbb Jan 09, 2013 05:38am
Gaaskar is 200% right. Misbah's place in the team has to be questioned because of his age, he is not getting any younger, you know, but don't mention Sachin Tendulkar, he is a demi-god -:)
Muhammad Bilal Ashraf Jan 09, 2013 05:39am
Strange....Misbah should go after a historic win against India in India. Just track Misbah's record as a captain when he took over in difficult times. Pakistan team after having denied international cricket at home, has achieved great winning streaks under Misbah's command. In 2012, no series loss. What else do you want? Mr. Gavaskar, we can observe the great achievements India is achieving under your patronage. You better keep poking your nose in your own affairs.
Nadir Ali Khan Jan 09, 2013 06:04am
I totally agree with Gavaskers views. This was not the first time that Misbah has gone into a shell and his painful batting display has cost Pakistan the match. I don't know what his game plan was but it was definitely not to win this game. It is after encounters such as this that people start raising questions of 'match fixing'. Have some dignity Misbah and retire from ODI cricket just the same way that you retired from T20's. Thanks :)
ss Jan 09, 2013 06:12am
for once i agree with him.
Mansoor Sajid Jan 09, 2013 06:20am
This is the time for the board to seriously plan for knitting together a team for the next world cup. This would certainly entail taking risky initiatives, however, in the process they will certainly be able to pick the right combination needed for the next world cup.
Habib Zaman Jan 09, 2013 06:50am
Well I think we need Misbah as he provide the cool and calm factor to the team, agree he is slow but still the team gets out without compleating 50 overs, so what is the harm if he is consuming some deliveries. You will see in the next tour of South Africa he will be the most successful batsman. I back Misbah as I remember how hard it was to lead Pakistan when he took over...
Hassan Jan 09, 2013 07:18am
Well one thing can be possible for this guy to remain in team, replace his soul with Micheal Hussey
ashwath (@ash7k) Jan 09, 2013 07:28am
Not sure if Sunny has got this comment right. Experience cannot be gained overnight. Misbah is the only player apart from Younis Khan which Pak can bank on to build an innings. Moreover he appears to be a cool-headed thinking player.
Mr.T Jan 09, 2013 07:38am
I don't know you reply just to check what reply you get ? but anyhow sunny is 100% right...
nayyar51 Jan 09, 2013 07:43am
Time for PCB to INVEST in FUTURE It is the right time to fully appreciate PCB and Pakistani cricket team for basically two things. Firstly, for winning the ODI series against India 2-1 and secondly, for completing a very sensitive tour, absolutely incident free. Now, this is also very appropriate time for the PCB, to finalise its short and long term future plans, with regard to the policy of categorising players for the teams for Test's, ODI's and T20's. This is necessary, because Pakistan will be competing for Test Championship, Champion's Trophy, T20 World Cup and the ODI World Cup, all within next 36 months. So, with an eye on the future, the PCB planning should focus on such potential players, who have the capacity or who can be groomed to have the capacity, to deliver for Pakistan, in the days to come. We should not waste time, energy and money on such players, who are past their prime and per se wants to continue playing, just for selfish reasons; but they are practically blocking the future of up coming and young players, for an indefinite period. In this connection, PCB recently, took a difficult, bold and wise decision of dropping Shahid Afridi from the ODI version of the game. While, not taking anything from the past contributions of Shahid Afridi, PCB's decision was very progressive and forward looking, but in my opinion, was still a bit late. National interests must not be compromised for personal wishes. Now, again the time has come to select the players for the different versions of the game, on the basis of talent and capacity of the players, with prime objective of INVESTING in future. PCB should adopt a policy of bearing with the failures of the fresh lot with patience, rather than pursuing with old horses, who have even lost the strength, to easily hit sixes or even boundaries to reasonably good bowlers, or take three or four runs without being exhausted, on a slightly bigger grounds. According to my observations, PCB must think about the future of the following players in a very rational manner. 1. Misbah ul Haq. He is not at all capable to play till the 2015 ODI World Cup. Even now, he is over age and not capable of steering the team out of a crisis situations, in front of WORLD CLASS bowling, particularly against out of sub-continent teams. So, why not to groom a fresh batsman instead of MUH and on the other hand, give the captaincy to Muhammad Hafeez, for gaining the experience for the coming Champions Trophy and the ensuing ODI World Cup? 2. Younis Khan. Our selectors took a retrogressive action in recalling him from the ODI retirement. Even his presence in the team today in the 3rd ODI, couldn't save Pakistan from a mere 10 runs defeat against India. His selection for the Indian tour has cost us heavily, in not giving experience to a youngster. He should be decently thanked for his services and let him not block the future of any budding batsman. PCB should not be so callous with the new generation of batsmen, that retired batsmen be made to come in their way. If PCB had recalled Muhammad Yousaf or even Inzamam ul Haq, may be, they would have scored runs more than the newcomers, but then we can't and must not live in the past, under any circumstances. For that matter, if India lost the ODI series against Pakistan, no heavens have fallen. Similarly, if we had lost to India with fresh legs, it would have been a gain of experience, rather than winning with recall, of retired persons. 3. Kamran Akmal. Just like Shahid Afridi (who can still be selected for few more weeks and months for his bowling abilities) Kamran Akmal is a spent cartridge; and to continue with him is in fact, deceiving ourselves. He may still give some performances against mediocre bowling, but against world class bowlers, his batting is absolutely UN-DEPENDABALE. As far as his wicket keeping is concerned, it is OK. However, there is no shortage of young generation of agile wicket keepers and hence, further continuation with Kamran Akmal, is like living in a fools paradise. 4. Shoaib Malik. There is no doubt that he was past his prime many months ago. He has reached a stage, where its impossible for him to perform against quality bowling, particularly in ODI and T20 versions of the game. If we argue that he performed well in domestic level, then the selectors should be told that domestic level performances are for the new players. International players are judged on their performances against foreign teams. These are two separate criterions for the different levels of players. If the selectors still wants to retain some old horses, for Test matches for some time, then PCB management shall be the better judge. However, these old players must not be used in a way to stop the career of the budding players. 5. Umar Akmal. He was touted in the past to be a player with immense talent. However, he has proved wrong all his fans and well wishers. In fact, he is the most UN-DEPENDABLE batsman in the team. Not to play him is a risk. However, to play him is a bigger risk. While batting, he is a very risky person for the batsman at the other end. Moreover, mostly his shot selections are very poor. He never puts a price on his wicket. Also it looks that in his failures, there is a big hand of his head coach. Somehow, this man looks a fit case for sending him to a psychologist, for making him a person with some sense of responsibilities and strong mental power, who should be able to focus on teams goal achievement. Till such time he is transformed into a mature person, he seems to utterly misfit in the national squad.
Ajamal Jan 09, 2013 07:46am
Exactly for his reason, Misbah should only be in test side. For ODI, Pakistan needs finishers.
raza Jan 09, 2013 07:50am
For my opinion He and Kamran Akmal required for cricket diplomacy, They do what the board ask them to do. That's why both are in the team.
Danial Jan 09, 2013 07:53am
You are saying this because he gifted you two games :p
Kamran Jan 09, 2013 10:55am
Not agree with Gavaskar. See stats of Misbah as Captain. Then Speak Sunny Paaji and other bashers.
Sam Veet Jan 09, 2013 01:35pm
Gavasker is absolutely correct. Misbah made 39 in 82 deliveries, am not even counting the dot balls he played here. He has lost matches for Pakistan in a similar fashion on three other occasions against India. The two games in the first T20 WCs and the 2011 ODI WC. The guy never learns. Kamran Akmal too needs to be chucked out. Hafeez is an aggressive and an intelligent captain and he leads by example. Misbah brings the whole team down with his strike rate in the middle. He should go. It's happened too many times.
Nostradamus Jan 09, 2013 02:33pm
I don't know why Misbah was even born !
Faisal Jan 11, 2013 06:59am
Who can forget the innings he played in Mohali? rewind a few years back and you can see what he did in South Africa in t20 final. He is over his peak, just dragging on and keeping the door shut on some deserving youngsters. PCB should seriously decide to ask Misbah to retire from the ODIs. He can play in tests as long as his form is there. Its an irony that he was overlooked at a younger age, but, at that time we had a very formidable middle order,
Faisal Jan 11, 2013 06:48am
no cheats please. We ca win without them. Pakistan won 92 WC without one of the greatest bowlers ever to grace the field i.e Waqar Younis, we can stil do it without these two cheats
Muhammad Nazir Jan 09, 2013 08:53pm
I totally agree with one of the batting greats, In the third ODI Misbah should have finished the game for Pakistan instead he gone into a shell and allowed pressure to be built on his team mates. Keeping in veiw the forthcoming world cup, a young batsman like Haris Sohail should be groomed and Misbah must say farewell to ODI for Pakistan
tanveer mahmood Jan 11, 2013 06:08am
If you look carefully just see what the team runrate is when Naasir,Hafeez are batting and Misbah just comes in and starts digging a hole for the whole team with his strike rate 50 and 60 which is totally unacceptable in ODIs. Middle order batsmen are very big players they are century makers and they take the game away from the opposition they dont sink their own team !
saad Jan 09, 2013 09:17pm
I wanted the same too,but since an indian said it,so now i hope they keep misbah in team as captain :)
Shah Atherr Alam Jan 09, 2013 09:32pm
Gavaskar's jealousy is justified. The Captain who defeated his "Team India" at their home ground "must" be removed.
sikander Jan 09, 2013 11:01pm
I think MISBAH is the best captain Pakistan ever had.PCB must keep him until he turns 65, then they can let him go. Afridi needs some
Aamir Jan 10, 2013 03:30am
I respect Gavasker for his great batting. However, his opinion about Misbah is totally wrong. Misbah came to Pakistan during a very difficult time. He was able to stablise things and bring in good leadership. Please have a look at his track record. Gavaskar's comment about Misbah dropping a catch is senseless. Yuvarj dropped Nasir's catch so that does mean he should be dropped from the Indian team. Pakistan knows that Misbah has a couple of years and is working on a transition plan. Please remember that under Misbah's leadership we won the ODI series against India in India.
salman khan Jan 10, 2013 03:47am
i think misbah have no place in playing eleven. The mgt should give chance to new tallent. The way misbah bating is boring and brought team under tention .
Asif Jan 10, 2013 04:35am
you are correct Raza, like when to throw the game and when not to............this is pathetic or what.............
raj Jan 10, 2013 06:07am
Kamran Akmal Pak won becoz of the good baller Junaid not becoz of Misbha drop catcher....
ali wadood Jan 10, 2013 07:46am
I think Misbah is the best as long as he wins the series. chill out .
Ali Khalid Jan 10, 2013 08:19am
Some players aren't just born for fast pace games, we have an excellent example of Justin Langer from Australia, he was a regular pick along with Mathew Hayden for Test Matches, but he was not playing ODIs. Misbah can play a key role in Test matches playing at number 3 or 4 for Pakistan, as there are no doubts on his defense and technique but when it comes to scoring runs at some "Required rate" Misbah just doesn't work there ... Sunny is right Hafeez should replace him in ODIs
Omar Jan 10, 2013 07:15pm
Yeah, he did steady Pakistan cricket and the team, but things have moved on since then. Its time now for Misbah to hand the reins to Hafeez. I don't have a problem with him as a captain, if he had a place in the team to begin with! Its about time we gave others extended runs, Azhar Ali can develop into a good ODI batsman and the poor Hammad Azam, when will he ever get a chance! he is a decent enough batsman
Omar Jan 10, 2013 07:09pm
hunh? Asif? seriously? are you kidding?! That guy is a farce, a habitual wrong doer!
Abid Mahmud Ansari Jan 10, 2013 06:33pm
This is Gavaskar's personal opinion. Every one has his right to give his opinion,whether anyone agrees or not. Once again, Pakistan cricket team snatched defeat from the jaws of victory! Now that World Cup is round the corner, Its high time that PCB should help restore Mohammad Amir and Asif. If that happened, then, Pakistan's bowling attack will be able to demolish any batting line up in the game, it'll be a World beater team, will achieve many "grand slams" in the future.
KarachiFrog Jan 12, 2013 02:55am
Pakistan won the series despite Misbah's inclusion, and lost the last game because of it.
KarachiFrog Jan 12, 2013 03:01am
Pakistan didn't lose that game fighting. It was a whimpish feeble defeat that should have had no chance of happening after the great start to the innings. However Misbah put paid to that.
KarachiFrog Jan 12, 2013 03:16am
Agree with that. Umar has genuine talent. He also has had the misfortune to bat in the middle order too often with Misbah as his partner. Someone has to score the runs & if Misbah refuses to, someone else has to. Umar is too often forced to take risks & it's pathetic that the captain places these additional pressures on his younger players.