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Misbah not interested in making T20 comeback

Published Apr 01, 2013 06:52pm

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“I don't want to make a comeback into (international) T20 and I am concentrating on the cricket which I am playing.” -Photo by White Star

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Test and one-day captain Misbah-ul-Haq says he will not return to international Twenty20 despite finishing as the top scorer in the premier domestic T20 competition.    

Misbah scored 206 runs at a staggering average of 103 from five matches and led Faisalabad Wolves to victory in Sunday's final against Sialkot Stallions. Misbah says he will lead his hometown Wolves in this year's Champions League.

Misbah had been criticized by some for his slow batting in international matches, but said he now intends to stick with an attacking style.

“I will play aggressively in future, whether I meet success or not is a different story,” he said.

Misbah, who turns 39 next month, quit international Twenty20 last year after playing 39 matches and scoring 788 runs with a decent average of 37.52.

Mohammad Hafeez replaced Misbah as Pakistan's T20 captain, but he was nowhere near to Misbah's belligerent batting form in the domestic event at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Misbah's 206 runs featured a dozen fours and as many sixes while Hafeez scored 145 runs from four matches with 20 boundaries and four sixes.

Hafeez's Lahore Lions which also had star players like Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad, Umar Akmal and Kamran Akmal was also knocked down by Misbah in the semifinal.

But despite proving all his critics wrong, Misbah said he was content with playing in ODIs and Test matches for Pakistan.

“I don't want to make a comeback into (international) T20 and I am concentrating on the cricket which I am playing,” he said.

“I will continue to play for Faisalabad because Faisalabad is my identity.”

Signs of change in Misbah's batting style first surfaced in the recent ODI series against South Africa which Pakistan lost 3-2.

“If you have seen the last (ODI) series and in this tournament you would have seen a total change in my approach of captaincy and batting,” he said.

“I have decided to play like this in the future too.”

Pakistan's next international assignment will be the Champions Trophy in June for which the team will play two ODIs against Scotland in Edinburgh and against Ireland in Dublin next month.

Comments (13) Closed

Apr 01, 2013 05:09pm
I hope Misbah sticks to his new found aggressive style.
Apr 01, 2013 09:04pm
Too little too late.
Apr 01, 2013 09:38pm
Good going Misbah- You are one of the most successful captain for Pakistan in the recent years!
Apr 02, 2013 05:26am
your fit for home cricket only...
Apr 02, 2013 05:27am
you are fit for home cricket only..
Apr 02, 2013 05:47am
Misbah is a decent player and a good captain as well.
Apr 02, 2013 07:58am
Misbah is a quality player and he has proved in the past as well. He should remain the captain of the team
Apr 02, 2013 09:13am
The good news is that Misbah will not be playing international T20 cricket but the bad news is that he will still be playing ODIs and Tests.
Apr 02, 2013 11:29am
Quality player?? not a single century after playing more than 110 ODIs. To be a quality player one needs an average close to 50 and Misbah is quite far off.
Apr 02, 2013 01:39pm
His performance on the ground says it all.He has the highest average in last 2 and half year among all Pakistan batsman and when you come at No.6 you don't have 50 overs to score century.That's why lower order batsman end up in 50s.This is common sense thing.Average of 50 is not important,what matters is team winning and Misbah is most successful Captain as far as winning goes in Pakistan.I have seen team under Javed Miandad and Imran khan struggling against Australia and England in their country.So 50 plus average makes no sense if they could not bat on Australian and English condition.
Apr 02, 2013 01:40pm
UAE is not in Pakistan and its not home for Pakistan
Riz - US
Apr 02, 2013 01:57pm
You need more than decent player when representing the country.
Apr 02, 2013 11:40pm
Misbah is too old for any type of cricket and his record is just average, he has not scored a single century in one day game and has never played a match winning innings except a couple of half centuries in South Africa recently but this does not justify his selection, how can any body forget his mediocre cricket in T20 final which Pakistan lost in South Africa and his very mediocre innings in World Cup semi-final, both against India. Selectors must give chance to budding cricketers and should discard players like Cheema and few others. It is time for Selection Board to raise its standards.

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