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Pakistan cricket in 'alarming' state: Misbah

Published Mar 26, 2013 02:37pm


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Misbah attributed the losses to poor batting. -Photo by AFP

LAHORE: Skipper Misbah-ul Haq on Tuesday admitted Pakistan cricket was in an “alarming” condition after the team suffered several heavy defeats on a disappointing tour of South Africa.

A miserable Pakistan were thrashed 3-0 in Tests and lost 3-2 in the one-day series, despite fighting hard, losses which Misbah attributed to poor batting.

“Those were disappointing series,” Misbah told reporters on the team's arrival back home early Tuesday.

“We were better in the one-dayers but couldn't do much in the Tests and it's an alarming situation where we need improvement in a lot of things.”

Pakistan's batting flopped against a high quality South African pace attack led by Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander. They lost the first Test by 211 runs, the second by four wickets and the third by an innings and 18 runs.

In between the Tests and one-days, Pakistan managed to win a two-match Twenty20 series 1-0 after the first match was abandoned due to rain.

Misbah, who was the team's leading batsman with 227 in the one-day series, admitted it was the batting that let the side down.

“I think our batting struggled throughout the tour, whether it were the Tests or one-days but the pitches were such that even a top quality batsman like Hashim Amla (of South Africa) also struggled (in a few matches),” said Misbah.

“We also played irresponsible shots and we need to address our batting problems.”

Misbah dismissed reports in the Pakistani media of a rift between him and Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez.

“We didn't lose because of any rift, we must admit that South Africa were the better team in both the formats,” said Misbah, who turns 39 shortly.

He refused to analyse player performances after former greats called for a clean out to prepare for the 2015 World Cup.

“It is up to the cricket board and the selectors to gauge the performance of the players. I can't do that, everyone has seen who has performed,” he said.

Pakistan will now compete in the eight-team Champions Trophy in England in June.


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saadgadit Mar 26, 2013 09:46am
THe difference between two teams is not batting but fielding.. We are light years behind South Africa.. Dropping De Villiars on 1 and loosing a straightforward stumping of Amla really calls for some drastic changes in this department..
Adnan Mar 26, 2013 09:54am
Hafeez should be the Captain of Pakistani team as Misbah is too bad for this. Pakistani players need allot of practice on both hands bowling and batting.
faaziz Mar 26, 2013 11:14am
Unfortunately for Pakistan team, Misbah, depite his age, is one the most consistent player in the last few years in both tests and ODIs. Its alarming to see Pakistan is not getting any young batting talent who can be consistent for a long period of time.
sahil Mar 26, 2013 11:39am
He is the first Player of Pakistan admit that South Africa is best Team.. last 20 years im watching Pakistan matches, south Africa hardly beat pak. but when Misbah take charge of Pak team captain, the bad days start of pak team,
SHAHZAD Mar 26, 2013 11:43am
yes too bad Misbah, even know he had the most runs in south africa, he is cool calm batsman unlike the idiots Afridi,Akmals, hafeez. at the end we will says cricket is not good because of politicians. but the reality is our public don't deserve anything good. I see so much bad stuff for Misbah even know he does so much for pakistan. please respect Misbah he is clearly the best choice for pakistan.
Mustafa Mar 26, 2013 11:54am
Hafeez don't even deserve a test spot.
pierwasif Mar 26, 2013 12:10pm
Syed Mar 26, 2013 12:30pm
Misbah did his job excellently last few years. We should respect him. Firstly about SA series Pakistan was not prepared for it . PCB took the SA tour too easy. There was no preparation at all. However, it is the time to prepare the team for future commitments. Youngester should be encourged to learn the batting skill against the top teams . Home grounds should be prepared which helps seam bowling. Future team at least should have: Hafeez, Nasir,Afridi, Umar Akmal, Asad, Junaid Khan, M Irfan, Ajmal, Hassan. Sorry to Younis Khan, Kamran Akmal, Umar Gul, Shohiab Malik,and Misbah(because of his age). In the end hands up for Misbah's contribution.
Pak Patriot Mar 26, 2013 12:54pm
The PCB had appointed " Talent Spotters " sometime go. What has the result been ? Have they spotted any talent ? If so, what is the current status ? Clearly, we have quite a few " FREE RIDERS " on the Pak team. Sub standard players like Afridi and Akmal brothers should call it a day. Pak selectors should bring in fresh talent as well as Mohammed Yusuf .
Nasir Vohra Mar 26, 2013 01:00pm
Its good to admit mistake but its also good to resign from ODI to set example and exit with Grace. You may be playing good but given the Age you should know that wont last till World cup 2015. Atleast 5 players in current squad passed their expired date.
Capt C M Khan Mar 26, 2013 01:15pm
If I was a True Pakistani and I was in the shoes of Younus, Afridi, Kamran and Shoaib I would have saved the PCB embarrassment and retired gracefully but no...we Pakistanis are not used to do that as we like to be in the lime light never mind the country keeps on loosing.
Mr. Haq Mar 26, 2013 01:18pm
Hafeez doesnt deserve a test spot. Good openers have to have test batting average of at least 44 runs (or more) in test cricket. Our openers suck. They let us down, along with keeping of Kamran Akmal and finishing of Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik. Time to clean house and develop young players for 2015 WC. Asad Shafiq, Hammad Azan, Harris Sohail and Sarfaraz Ahmed should be in the squad. PCB should do a openers camp, trying to find the best openers in the country who can represent Pakistan.
shado Mar 26, 2013 02:17pm
I think pakistan need to Add another left handed batsman in the team, on top order. when you have a line of right handed batsman after one down. Bowlers job become easy and maintain there line. We are not creating any difficulty for the bowlers to the opposing side. - Imran farhat is in form currently make him play also groom Ahmad shezad for ODIs, try putting Nasir jamshed one down position and see what kind of result he produces.
Cricket Fan Mar 26, 2013 03:01pm
Higher level of racialism exists and unprofessional selectors take their own favourites then results are failure,shame,loss of faces,loosing respect overseas.Selectors give opportunities to their own liking people to make money.Karachi is full of talent, young blood, sportsmanship evidenced by history and best international players
Aamir Mar 26, 2013 03:13pm
Batting: we need to bring new young batsmen. Old faces like Akmal brothers, Younus, Afridi, Shoib need to go home. They are total failure in both the format. We need to bring new good batsmen. Bowling: Our bowling side is world class level so no need to change. They get you the good results, so keep all these bowlers in the side like, Irfan, Junaid, Gul, Wahab and Saeed Ajmal. All rounder: I only see one player and that is Hafeez. Wicket Keeper - We need a new face - may be bring back Sarfraz if possible or any other talented wicket keeper.
Ali Mar 26, 2013 03:18pm
U have no clue what u r talking about ! you sure you had been watching cricket ? as SA always beat Pakistan, its Pakistan that rarely beats SA, time for some reality check brother.
Syed Mar 26, 2013 03:48pm
How ignorant! Even if we would have got ridd off de Villiars..we were light years behind RSAs batting too! The score was never a total to be defended. U could have utilized RSas fielding and I bet we have had lost either way! This is no score to defend. We were short of 50 Runs! Stop blaming on other elements, our batting is the weakest of all! Look at the other teams!
Fen Mar 26, 2013 04:21pm
Forget about Hafeez captaincy,I would not like to have him in my team batting at Number 10 spot.If everytime he is blown away by Steyn,then he is not good enough for International cricket.Pakistan had couple of big liabilities first its was Nasir Jamshed,Hafeez and Younis Khan.3 players as liability means it affects the team.Misbah looked like one man army in batting all doing by itself.
Ajmal Mar 26, 2013 04:39pm
He should get out of the team along with Younis and Malik. It is about a time to groom the new commers doesn't matter we win or loose but at least will be better for the long term. our selectors are the most incompitent and political.
Mohammad Sharjeel Mar 26, 2013 04:41pm
Guys Misbah is a captain of our team that doesn't mean he bat 10 times in a inning and couldn't do. He came on his turn and proved that he is the only batsman in your team who can stay at pitch. What the other players like Younus, Shoaib, Kamran, Hafeez had done? Team wins matches with team efforts not only bcz of captaincy. Misbah is the only your middle order player who can take your team towards victory. He is near to 39 but still performing much better than youngers or age mates.
Ajmal Mar 26, 2013 04:41pm
It is about us not them. This is the same lame excuse all the times.
ammar Mar 26, 2013 05:33pm
This is probably the most strange illogical reasoning I have ever read.
amir Mar 26, 2013 05:53pm
your tv screen must be upside down, Pakistan has never beaten south Africa in a billateral series! This isn't the end of the world even saeed anwar, inzimam, waqar, wasim etc. could not beat south Africa, check the facts before speaking. SA in SA is almost unbeatable!
CricIsFake Mar 26, 2013 06:28pm
Which matches, have you been watching mate? in your dreams? Pakistani teams have always suffered defeats against SA and in SA their record always have been below par though they never capitulated like the current tour Misbah is not the only culprit. Hafeez has shown he is a bully of batting friendly tracks only, Akmal same slippery gloves and a overrated batsman, Shoaib Malik who keep his place in team by scoring 20 odd runs, Younis who sparkles on one in one series basis, Afridi whose bowling is declining day by day. When you show favoritism and politics and ruin the career of young players like Asad Shafiq you will suffer in future too
sali Mar 26, 2013 06:59pm
Misbah persisted with Shoib Malik and Yonus Khan while Asad Shafiq and Umer Akmal were sitting on the bench. He gave in to pressure from Hafeez to open the innings. he left out Irfan.
Oz Mar 26, 2013 07:42pm
As I always have a thing or two to say, i'll throw in my penny' worth again... Firstly, it is a game - enjoy the contest, we did quite well after the tests. The players were showing sign of recovery and if you look at the overall scoreboards, we did not lose the 3rd and 5th ODIs by a huge margin. We beat them in T20 and won two ODIs too. Secondly, most respected commentators here are frustrated with the performance of the old or not so old members of the team. Solution is simple - We need radical changes now as two generations of cricketers have missed out on an opportunity to play for Pakistan. from 2000 - 2013, How many careers have been ruined ? Quality players like Yasir Hameed, Asim Kamal, Imran Nazir, Tufeeq Umar, Bazid Khan, Umar Amin, Hammad Azam, Anwar Ali, Rao Iftikhar and many many more have not been provided "appropriate coaching and mentoring". We now need to get the youngsters, and no I disagree for any "stars" to remain in action - they have had their time, now they should think about coaching or other opportunities in life. Finally bring back Mohsin Khan!
Peace Only Mar 26, 2013 07:58pm
Rightly said..... The selectors have shown walls to Mohammad Yousuf and Abdul Razzak... Alas... I don't know, how long this injustice will go on.
Beg Mar 26, 2013 09:07pm
When you are unable to win what good is misbah batting which is too slow to get any score above 230 hence when ever bowling give you a small total we win with difficulty and this is due to too much slow batting of middle order particularly misbah, younus and shoaib. misbah is certainly consistent in slow batting which is unacceptable in odis and t20,even in test match when slow batting may benefit, misbah never was able to win or even draw matches same is true for younus
Saleem Mar 26, 2013 09:16pm
Guys, Why is it that we talk about resigning all the time after loosing matches. We need to learn from mistakes and move on instead of blaming each other. Pakistan has talent but it needs polishing and can't be achieved over night.
mike jackson Mar 26, 2013 10:28pm
Misbah thanks and no thanks ..pls spare us your patriotism .. the world knows how you operate . Pls be so patriotic as to retire immediately and spare us your greatness!! Regards
jack Mar 27, 2013 01:01am
I don't really know what to say mainly because for once I thought we had a good chance to win but simply just gave it away. I agree with Misbah that some players just did not play responsibily. We can all critize the team selection, etc..... but we really lost because we didn't want to win.... there was no fighting. For example, Shadi Afridi just gave his wicket and Kamran Akmal was in excellent form but simply just threw his wicket. Why were all our players in such a hurry? Responsibility simply doesn't exist in the team. I am glad Irfan had some success and we need to make sure we encourage and give him the right coaching because this guy can go to places that cricket has not seen. I don't expect my team to win every game but I expect them to fight every game and that just didn't seem to exist which is sad.
Yawar Mar 27, 2013 01:57am
The performances of Pakistani batsmen are very inconsistent The focus of every player is to do just enough to maintain his position in the playig eleven. For eg. if a player makes a 50 then he feels it is OK for him to fail in the next innings. And if he makes 100, then he is free to not perform in the next two matches or innings. And so on and so forth.
Mushtaq Mar 27, 2013 02:24am
There should be strict rules to have separate teams in all forms of cricket. There is no way one player can play all forms of modern days cricket due to change of pace. This will also help youngsters to show their power.
Mohammad Feraz Mar 27, 2013 04:18am
The only team which can defeat south africa on its own land is India.No other team can defeat R.S.A
Rizwan Hamid USA Mar 27, 2013 04:22am
The problem is not the performance of the players, they all did what they were capable of. The real problem is with everyone who cannot seem to accept that we are number 6 or 7 not # 2 or 3 in the world. The sooner we realize that, the sooner we will come up with the correct fix, and not try to fix a team as if they are supposed to win every match. Coaching should start at age 10, not 22 and AFTER you are given a green cap of the national side.
Amin Syed - London Mar 27, 2013 04:43am
If the criteria is 'Age' to Judge any players performance then honestly PCB should do the DNA tests to verify 'Age' of every player. In my opinion, Misbah probably is the only one who has declared his correct age whereas all others must have not declared their age correctly. I do not think that Afridi is less in age then Misbah, I am seeing Afridi from my childhood and he is still in early thirties.
abcd Mar 27, 2013 04:44am
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sahil Mar 27, 2013 05:29am
i dont know why Pakistani like misbah, no century, no match winner, no match planner, no team leader .....etc etc.... we saw him lot of time sleeping in the field...
Hamza Noman Mar 27, 2013 05:47am
I say, that the captain should be Hafeez or Afridi. We all know that both are good allrounder and when both were captains pakistani team had a great success rate. Afridi sometime or mostly tries to smash and gets out but when he is a captain, he has always gave a good result. So i say, Afridi for T20, ODI. Hafeez for ODI, Test, I am confused of the ODI Part.. Regards Hamza Noman
Iqbal Mar 27, 2013 06:00am
if he admits, why he does not resign as captain? if he has no say in choosing his team, he better resign ... and we all know the tuk-tuk Mis-bah
Kamran Bhatti Mar 27, 2013 06:35am
Its a traditional reply of loosing captain who blame constantly on batting . But one thing i want to mention here if PCB lift Pakistan cricket to make domestic tournaments more competent & pitches are make like Australia & South Africa.Further PCB should seriously thinking about future of senior players like Shahid Afridi Younus Khan Misbah ul Haq & Umer Gul.if they want to participate in 2015 world cup with spirit of wining that tournament.PCB should give chance to young player from up coming series.
vasist Mar 27, 2013 06:50am
why can't we analyse this way? is fixing the reason?
Naila Mar 27, 2013 08:04am
Sorry but you are confused across the board. Numbers show that: 1. Hafeez's performance has seen a slump after captaincy. 2. All Afridi has left in him is charisma. Misbah should continue to lead the team.
ayazkhan111 Mar 27, 2013 09:36am
Yes, you are right Misbah-ul-Haq(Mr. tok tok). If you leave Pakistan cricket team the alarm will turn off automatically.
Amin Syed - London Mar 27, 2013 09:53am
If all are like Shahid Afridi in Pakistan team, probably we would require 5 overs match instead of 50 overs per side. Pakistan needs to win either it is by tok tok aur whatever. Winning is important nothing else!
Syed Imran Ali Mar 27, 2013 10:38am
Not only cricket everything is in an alarming condition in Pakistan Allah bless my country........
Amin Syed - London Mar 27, 2013 10:48am
You are absolutely right! Numbers are available and everyone's performance is visible. Rule is simple who ever has done well should stay and lead!
Omar Jan Sikandary Mar 27, 2013 12:53pm
Like Pakistani politics,its cricket management is also in a state of denial.They dont admit the weaknesses of the players, their lack of commitment,physical weaknesses,illitracy ,lack of IQ and no will to improve.It is a fact there is no cricket talent in Pakistan,that is why players like Afridi,Misbah,Yunas,Gul and Shoaib are still there,and those who are fresh entry,their performance is pathetic. I suggest the new probable players should first complete their minimum FA education and put through rigorous training and charactor buildup,and then should be put to test.
aziz ahmed Mar 27, 2013 03:26pm
The selectors should consult Rashid Latif and Moin Khan who run the cricket training academy, before selection players for the ICC Champion trophy.. The selectors may recommend 30 probables to the captain and coach who can watch the players in a training camp. The captain and coach should be allowed to select the players for the tour..
Beg Mar 27, 2013 08:53pm
India lost to SA in India and India has the history to win in India. Go and see records India hardly win series outside India
Fen Mar 28, 2013 03:38am
Don't hide your weakness and fault in technical skills behind fixing.8 times Hafeez is blown away by Dale Steyn,no fixing man,its purely fault with skills .First he need to over come his weakness and then come back and play International level cricket.International cricket is not joke.In South African condition Australian team was blow away for 2 times less than 50 score in International cricket series.
Iqbal Mar 28, 2013 04:19am
Separate the Test players from T20 players and one day players. Do not play Test players in T20 or one day.Test cricket is different ball game.