Misbah-ul-Haq satisfied with team's performance in Zimbabwe

Misbah-ul-Haq said the team would face a challenge adjusting with a new coach AFP

Lahore: Sep 21, 2011

Pakistan cricket captain Misbah-ul-Haq and outgoing coach Waqar Younis have expressed satisfaction with the team’s performance in the recently-concluded tour of Zimbabwe.

Pakistani team returned from Zimbabwe today morning and the captain and coach told the media that the team was united and had performed as per the expectations.

“I am satisfied with the performance. It was a good learning experience for the entire team and was not an easy tour as the pressure was always on us not to lose against a low ranked side,” Misbah said.

Waqar, who had announced before the Zimbabwe tour that it would be his last as coach because of personal and health reasons, said sweeping the series was an ideal farewell gift for him from the team.

“The players were keen to win every match as they knew it was my last series as coach. Overall, I had a good time as coach because the team has progressed well and we have built up a good bench strength now,” Waqar said.

“It was very satisfying to see the team complete the clean sweep in Zimbabwe as no team can be taken lightly these days. More importantly some of the younger players have really progressed well and can serve Pakistan cricket for a while now,” he added.

Pakistan whitewashed Zimbabwe in all formats of the game the on the tour — a Test, three ODIs and two T20 matches.

Misbah said his experience of leading the side in all three formats had allowed him to learn a lot, especially the art of man management.

“This team has a good future. We also have good players on the bench and hopefully we can plan well for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and England.”

Misbah said the team would face a challenge adjusting with a new coach as the Zimbabwe tour was Waqar’s last.

“Waqar has really worked hard with this team and we wanted to do well for him. We will miss him as the team had adjusted well with him,” Misbah said.

Waqar, meanwhile, summed up his 19-month tenure as coach as “satisfying”.

“There were problems like the spot-fixing issue in England and some senior players missing but overall I am satisfied with my tenure as I think this team has moved forward.

“I can say that I am disappointed at not being able to complete my tenure because of unavoidable personal reasons but I go a satisfied man and I also learnt a lot as a coach and manager,” he said.

The former fast bowler also praised the team for its all-round show in Zimbabwe.

“I think there is no need to say much as results speak for themselves. We won all the matches on the tour and players did their best and gelled well to give good performance,” said Waqar.

He also made it clear that he enjoyed a good understanding with skipper Misbah and senior players in the team and also said that it was their collective effort that led to the good results.(PTI)