Misbah to utilise break to test new talent

Misbah-ul-Haq said Pakistan have already identified the areas where they need to work on and improve but due to our hectic schedule never got a chance to work on them AFP

Karachi: Apr 1, 2012

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has said that he intends to utilise the eight weeks break before the next international series to plug the weaknesses of the team and to test out new talent.

Pakistan’s next tour is of Sri Lanka from late May and since no Pakistani player is part of the Indian Premier League starting from Wednesday, most of the nation’s cricketers will be taking a hard earned break from the game.

“This period is very valuable to us as we can utilise it to work on our weaknesses, physical fitness and other issues,” Misbah told PTI today.

“We have already identified the areas where we need to work on and improve. But due to our hectic schedule we never got a chance to work on them. Now this eight weeks period is ideal for us to hold a camp and get down to work,” he said.

The Pakistan captain was unable to lead his hometown Faisalabad Wolves side in the National super eights T20 championship due to a viral infection.

Misbah said he would soon be talking to the Pakistan Cricket Board and new coach Whatmore to plan out a training camp.

“The national super eights event has also thrown up some new talent and I think we can also look at them in this free period,” Misbah said.

He pointed out that Pakistan needed to plan ahead because of the demands of a hectic international calendar.

Misbah declined to comment on the issue of Pakistani players not being part of the IPL.

“It is their (India’s) domestic event and we should just focus on improving our cricket or having our own premier league,” he said.(PTI)