Misbah-ul-Haq fears losing captaincy and place in the side: Mohsin Khan

“Misbah-ul-Haq is an intelligent and composed captain and communicates well with the players,” Mohsin Khan said AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Lahore: Jan 2, 2012

Misbah-ul-Haq s defensive captaincy has been justified by Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan. In an interview with Geo Super, Mohsin said that Misbah feared losing his captaincy and his place in the Pakistan team.

“You have to understand that at his age, he worries about the fact that if he fails in one or two matches, the critics will be after him and he could be dropped,” Mohsin told Geo Super.

Mohsin added that he told Misbah to ignore those fears and continue going about his job.

“That s why he, at times, tends to play it safe. But he s gained confidence as captain and I ve been telling him to forget about these things and focus on doing what he s best at; leading the team by example,” Mohsin said.

However, the Pakistan coach rates Misbah highly and believes he is doing well as a captain. He said “Misbah is an intelligent and composed captain and communicates well with the players. He has also quickly picked up the confidence to push for victories.

“In the last Test against Bangladesh, both of us decided on the spur of moment that even if we get 10 overs, we ll go for victory and not settle for a draw.”

He added that his job was to mentally condition the players and make strategies. He said “People need to understand that the job of a coach is to make his players mentally strong and just guide and discuss strategies with them. You can t teach anything more to people like Misbah or Younis Khan at this stage.”