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Karachi: Jul 3, 2014
Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has backed the retention of senior batsman, Misbah-ul-Haq as captain until the World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand. Inzamam, who played 120 Tests and 378 ODIs, said that the combination of Misbah and new head coach, Waqar Younis would work well for the national side.
Inzamam said, “The PCB has done the right thing by bringing back Waqar and also making it clear that Misbah will be captain for the next World Cup. These are steps in the right direction.” Pakistan cricket has a volatile history of quickly changing captains and coaches as Waqar also left his head coach position in 2011 due to personal and health reasons although it was well known he had disagreements with the cricket board. Misbah, 40, has after Abdul Hafeez Kardar, Mushtaq Muhammad, Imran Khan and Inzamam also led the country for the longest period of time having been appointed Test captain since late 2010.
“I think Misbah has done a good job so far not only as a batsman but as a leader because he took charge of the team in difficult conditions for Pakistan cricket and has settled down the players and built a good team,” Inzamam told PTI. The former captain felt that continuity in having a captain and head coach was good for any team. “Waqar did a great job in improving the Pakistan team’s performance the last time he was head coach so I have big hopes from him this time around as well. I think he will work well with Misbah and they should be able to prepare a strong side for the World Cup.”
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