Home > News >

Misbah-ul-Haq says last minute changes won’t hamper Pakistan in Asia Cup 2014 final

Pakistan-captain-Misbah-ul-Haq-attends-a-nets-session-at-the-ICC-Global-Academy-on-January-2
Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq is confident of his team’s chances in the Asia Cup final © Getty Images

By Tapan Mohanta

Mirpur: Mar 7, 2014

Injury setbacks are threatening to hamper defending champion Pakistan‘s chances but skipper Misbah-ul Haq on Friday said his team’s morale is so high that last-minute changes would not make much of a difference to it in the Asia Cup 2014 summit clash against Sri Lanka on Saturday.

In-form senior all-rounder Shahid Afridi is among the four Pakistani players nursing injuries right now — the other three being the opening duo of Sharjeel Khan and Ahmed Shehzad and pacer Umar Gul. But Misbah was unfazed.

“At the moment he [Afridi] is really playing well. The kind of impact he is creating on the opposition and his own team, he should play for us. These injuries are part and parcel of the game,” Misbah told reporters.

“We’re just positive about that. Let’s see on Saturday how he feels and then we’ll decide. The in-form batsman are always crucial for the team but injuries are part and parcel of the game. If somebody can’t make it then we have to go to someone else who can really live up to the role.

“Considering the scenario, we are prepared to face any situation, and have our plans ready for the final. The morale of the team is high with the way we have won the last two matches. The team is fully confident. We hope to continue playing positive and good cricket. If you play good cricket, results go in your way.”

Citing the example of Fawad Alam, who scored a 74 in their chase of 327 against Bangladesh, Misbah said, “You may have seen Alam played really well in absence of Sharjeel Khan.

The confidence level is very high.

“Obviously your main players make a difference to the side. We are however mentally strong. All the members of the team have been performing well.”

Speaking about Sri Lanka, Misbah said they were not in awe of Lasith Malinga and are ready to tackle the Sri Lanka pacer.

“Everybody knows he’s their main bowler. But recently we played well against Sri Lanka in the series held in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. The whole team faced Malinga well, scored runs. Even did well against Malinga in the death overs.

“The team is confident to face him. We are not under pressure. It’s about the main batsmen playing full 50 overs to handle the situation,” Misbah said about Malinga, who grabbed 5 for 52 to hand Sri Lanka a 12-run win in the Asia Cup opener against Pakistan.

After starting off with a defeat, Pakistan have come back strongly with wins over Afghanistan, India and Bangladesh to make a second successive Asia Cup final.

“It’s really good to win always from these crunch situations. Every player and members get a lot of confidence from that. It’ll really help us in the future,” he said.

“We’ve been winning under pressure with one or two players winning the match for us. It’s all about confidence.

It’s obvious that your Asia Cup performance will matter a lot in the ICC World T20 to be held in the same venues.”

Misbah, however, said they would have to step up their performance to be able to halt Sri Lanka’s seven-match winning run in Bangladesh.

“Sri Lanka are obviously a tough opposition especially in the final because they do their basics right and always fight.

We really have to play good cricket. We have to be 100 percent up to the mark to put up a good show. We should be doing everything right, do the basics right like we have been doing in the previous games.”

Asked whether the team would have any specific plan against leading Lankan run-getter Kumar Sangakkara, Misbah said: “You obviously have plans against the main players and also others who are contributing for the team. It depends on the day how you execute those plans.”

Confused about the nature of the pitch, Misbah said: “I don’t know honestly. One day it looks like 200 is difficult, the next day on the same pitch you chase down 300-plus target.

We have to see how it looks like. we have to see how it goes.”

World T20 League 2014

Sep 18, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 19, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Raipur

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

More

World T20 League 2014

Sep 17, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 3 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 16, 2014  at Raipur

Northern Knights won by 6 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 16, 2014  at Raipur

Lahore Lions won by 55 runs

World T20 League 2014

Sep 14, 2014  at Raipur

Mumbai Indians won by 9 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 14, 2014  at Raipur

Northern Knights won by 72 runs

Photos

West Indies vs Bangladesh, 2nd Test at Gros Islet

Videos

Anderson plays golf with Jaguar competition winners

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2: Hobart Hurricanes’ likely XI

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2: KXIP’s likely XI

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2: Key battles

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CLT20 2014 Match 1: Highlights

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2 Preview: Both teams look to make solid start

Bangladesh Bangladesh vs West Indies Bangladesh vs West Indies 2014 Champions League T20 Champions League T20 2014 Chennai Super Kings CLT20 CLT20 2014 Kolkata Knight Riders Lahore Lions Mumbai Indians Northern Knights Southern Express West Indies West Indies vs Bangladesh 2014

Andre Russell credits CPL for good show in CLT20 opening match between KKR and CSK

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) didn’t score enough against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): MS Dhoni

Gautam Gambhir hails KKR heroes Andre Russell, Ryan ten Doeschate and Sunil Narine after win over CSK in CLT20 2014

Shahrukh Khan revels in Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) CLT20 2014 win over Chennai Super Kings (CSK)

Durham seamer Chris Rushworth bags 15 wickets against Northamptonshire

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2: Hobart Hurricanes’ likely XI

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2: KXIP’s likely XI

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2: Key battles

Shivnarine Chanderpaul: First batsman to witness 500 dismissals from the other end in Test cricket

Do nervous nineties really exist?

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

636 Posts | 7 Fans

Video highlights: Ander Russell 58 for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CLT20 2014

Andre Russell credits CPL for good show in CLT20 opening match between KKR and CSK

Next-generation Apple iPads and OS X Yosemite to launch on October 21: Report

Adoptee from India Searches for Mother in New Documentary

Consuming high-fat dairy products reduces diabetes risk

Why some people are naturally inclined to music

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) didn’t score enough against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): MS Dhoni

iOS 8 requires over 5GB of free space to install, here’s what iPhone 5C 8GB users should do

Tamanchey song In Da Club: Ikka Singh revamps his old Punjabi track for the Nikhil Dwivedi-Richa Chadda starrer!

NGOs pursue education for all

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here