PCB should keep faith in Misbah’s captaincy


THE NATION, ISLAMABAD, 17th SEPTEMBER 2013:- The cat finally comes out of the bag as former national team skipper Shahid Khan Afridi has openly admitted he wanted to captain the national side, if he given an opportunity.
What a great joke, things were heading in this direction for the past few months as a very powerful lobby from a certain province was very much busy in maneuvering things in Afridi’s favour. It is their sheer bad luck that despite their all-out efforts to dislodge current ODI and Test skipper Misbahul Haq, they remained unsuccessful due to Misbah’s unmatched consistent performances.
A certain lobby looked quite instrumental in the past few months in preparing ground and launching pad for Afridi, who despite being a worst flop as skipper is once again dreaming of captaining the side. Ever since he announced his arrival in the national team with a big bang and masses had pinned high hopes on him, but after that sensational beginning, Afridi completely failed to live up to the expectations of the millions of fans. He is a big flop with the bat and his bowling is also not more than ordinary. He hardly scores runs on consistent basis. It takes him 10 to 15 innings to score a half century, which guarantees him a permanent place in the playing XI for next series or event.
Misbah is currently the only batsman upon whom the team could rely, even Younus Khan is no more justify the tag of Mr reliable. The way his stumps were rooted in the second Test’s second innings and that too from the leg side, it was very hard to believe that a batsman of Younus Khan’s caliber threw away his prize scalp in this fashion.
If a decision is taken in haste to replace Misbah with another guy, it would spell disaster for the green shirts, who already plunged into deep crises after the shameful loss from the cricket’s minnows Zimbabwe.
Adding insult to injuries, Pakistan team manager for Zimbabwe series Moin Khan soon after his arrival at Karachi airport while talking to the media persons described Pakistan cricket team’s performance as satisfactory and termed the second Test match defeat as unfortunate. It is quite interesting that Moin might not aware about the meanings of the word ‘satisfactory’ otherwise he could have not given such rubbish and childish statement. The fact is that Pakistan played very badly in the entire series as they remained unsuccessful in bowling out Zimbabwean batsmen in the T20s and narrowly managing to win the two match series.
The situation was even worst in the ODIs, where Pakistan although in the end won with the 3-1 difference. But the ground reality was very much different. Past greats had warned time and again the green shirts would find it really difficult to beat Zimbabwe in the Test series. After being down and out for four days in running in the first Test and thanks mainly to superb batting by Younus and exceptional bowling by Saeed Ajmal, Pakistan team, somehow, managed to win the first Test.
Instead of taking lessons from the first Test narrow escape, the team management went on a deep sleep, which cost them dearly as they plunged to one of the worst defeats of their entire history.
How could Moin be satisfied with such pathetic show? Not only Pakistan team but the entire management needed to be overhauled for the upcoming tough series against South Africa otherwise there is worst to come for the green SHIRTS. Moin should concentrate on his managerial duties rather than giving childish statements as masses can’t be fooled anymore with these lame excuses.

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