Home > News >

Misbah-ul-Haq shouldn’t lead Pakistan any more, feel former players

Misbah-ul-Haq has been criticised for Pakistan's poor performance in Sri Lanka  © Getty Images
Misbah-ul-Haq has been criticised for Pakistan’s poor performance in Sri Lanka © Getty Images

Karachi: Sep 1, 2014

Even though the political climate in Pakistan is heated up and uncertainty prevails but that has not prevented former players from wading into the national team for its poor performances in Sri Lanka and for renewed calls to remove Misbah-ul-Haq as captain. While the attention of the entire nation is focused on the political landscape in Islamabad, former players have called for the sacking of Misbah saying it was paramount to appoint flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi as captain for the World Cup.

“It is imperative that Misbah is sacked as captain and Afridi asked to replace him. Misbah’s batting and temperament is preventing the team from showing its true potential in one-day matches,” former captain, Mohammad Yousuf said. “Afridi may not be in the best of form but he is a natural leader and he will bring back the much needed enthusiasm and zest into the team that is badly needed for the World Cup,” Yousuf told PTI today.

Yousuf said that Misbah had been pulling down the team with his defensive approach and passive captaincy. “He is going nowhere now. He has given his best days to Pakistan cricket and we appreciate that but it is time to move on.”

Former captain Rashid Latif also felt that after the shoddy performances of the Pakistan team in Sri Lanka it appeared as if Afridi would be brought in as captain. “To me it seems the time has come for Misbah to be changed. I get this feeling. Because there is no explanation for the way we performed in Sri Lanka,” he said. He said that the team despite having a strong support staff just didn’t seem to learn from their mistakes and Misbah was not leading from the front.

But well-informed sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board insisted that they were no plans to unseat Misbah at this time. “Chairman, Shaharyar Khan is clear in his mind that one bad series does not justify sacking Misbah and secondly stability in required in the team in the buildup to the World Cup which Misbah provides,” one source said.

Interestingly even Pakistan team manager and chief selector Moin Khan appeared to shift the blame on to Misbah for the debacle in Sri Lanka. “Unfortunately when a captain is out of form the team’s morale also goes down and that is what happened in Sri Lanka,” Moin said. “But I am sure that an experienced player like Misbah will get back into form soon. But I will be submitting my detailed report on the tour to the board shortly,” Moin added.

Pakistan’s former captain, Rameez Raja also felt that Pakistan need to rethink their strategy for the World Cup. “We have problems in many areas and we need to sort them out. Unfortunately Misbah also didn’t show the required aggression in the series when it was needed.” Raja said he had been saying for a while now that the board needs to start thinking ahead and take some hard decisions.

Former captain and coach, Mohsin Khan said that it was unfair to put the entire responsibility on Misbah. “The team management is also responsible for the playing eleven’s we selected in the test and one-day matches. I don’t think the selection and combinations were right. Playing seven specialist batsmen in the one-dayers with Afridi to follow indicated a negative mindset to me.”

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Colombo

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 28, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Adelaide

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 28, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Dhaka


Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 26, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 124 runs

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014  at Colombo

Hong Kong won by 2 wkts

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 68 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Sydney

Australia won by 2 wickets (D/L method)

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 22, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled


Phil Hughes suffers head injury: In photos


AB de Villiers: Disappointed with defeat in Australia

Live Cricket Score, Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014, 3rd ODI at Dhaka: Zimbabwe flatter as Bangladesh win by 124 runs

Live Cricket Score Pakistan vs New Zealand, 3rd Test at Sharjah, Day 1: Pakistan finish at 281/3 at stumps

Don Bradman vs Clarrie Grimmett — how did The Don fare against the craftiest leggie of his era

Vijay Hazare Trophy 2014-15: Top 5 performances of the tournament

Phillip Hughes injury: Spare a thought for Sean Abbott

Australia Australia vs South Africa Australia vs South Africa 2014 Bangladesh Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014 India India tour of Australia 2014-15 Pakistan South Africa South Africa vs Australia Zimbabwe Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh 2014 Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh 2014

Sri Lanka set huge 318-run target versus England in 1st ODI at Colombo

India Women vs South Africa Women 2014: Proteas set a target of 187 for Indians

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 3rd ODI Dhaka, 2014: Bangladesh win by 124 runs to pocket series

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 3rd Test at Sharjah: Mohammad Hafeez guides Pakistan to 281/3 at stumps on Day 1

Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq complete 100-run stand for fourth wicket

Daniel Vettori becomes the most capped New Zealand player

Quinton de Kock equals record for most centuries before the age of 22

Wriddhiman Saha’s performance in the 1st Test at Brisbane could make or break his career

England tour of Sri Lanka 2014: Stats overview of past encounters

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014: New Zealand’s inspired performance in 2nd Test serves important lesson to non-Asian countries

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

682 Posts | 6 Fans

Video: Phil Hughes suffers head injury, collapses on field during New South Wales vs South Australia tie

Deepika Padukone’s fan gifts her a website

Exclusive: Is Veena Malik’s blasphemy case a publicity gimmick?

PK: Rajkumar Hirani takes his Aamir Khan starrer to Belgium

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

What makes Rajinikanth’s Lingaa a special film?

हेल्थ टिप #3: इलेक्ट्रिक शॉक से राहत पाने का तुरंत उपचार

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

रितेश-जेनेलिया देशमुख के घर पुत्ररत्न का हुआ जन्म

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here