Pakistan need new captains, should sack Misbah, Shahid Afridi, Yunis: Mushtaq
Misbah has been a disaster of sorts for Pakistani cricket team. Their unceremonious exit from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 shows that they are in a pitiable condition and that there is no future for the onceâ€™ mighty and feared tea under the current captain.
Though they had many disappointments even prior to the world cup, including Saeed Ajmalâ€™s unavailability in the tournament, the fact that team looked a divided house and without spine cannot be overlooked. Indian cricket team too was in disarry before the beginning of the world cup and lost many warm up matches, but once the tourney begain, the team under captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni never looked back. They are in semifinal without losing a single match of the tournament.
The difference between India and Pakistan was obviously a great captain. Someone like Dhoni in Pakistan would have made all the difference.
Ex Pakistani cricket captain Mushtaq Muhammad has said that Misbah should be sacked immediately. It’s time to appoint new Pakistan captains in all three format says former skipper Mushtaq Muhammad, who also suggested that Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi should quit international cricket completely. Both Misbah and Afridi have retired from ODI cricket after Pakistan’s exit from the World Cup but they will continue to play in Test and Twenty20 cricket respectively.
While talking about the disastrous performance he said, â€œMisbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi and Younis Khan have given a lot of good performances for Pakistan but I am not in favor of now retaining Misbah as Test captain or Afridi as T20 captain nor considering Younis for the ODI captaincyâ€¦I would advise the Pakistan Board to make a fresh start and appoint new captains for all three formats. I think it is time Misbah and Afridi retired totally from international cricketâ€.
A great cricket player or yore said he would love to see the PCB and fans give a befitting farewell to the senior players but from a future point of view one had to move on. “Misbah has done his best so has Afridi they have given us many moments to cherish but at some stage I think you need to step down. I don’t think the decision of whether they should continue playing in any format should be left to them it is for the PCB to now take strong decisions.” Mushtaq said he always appreciated the many times Misbah had stood as a rock in the Pakistan batting or how Afridi had produced match-winning performances but they had to retire from all international cricket now.
While talking about the future prospect of the team he said, â€œThe PCB needs to think ahead and move on with a fresh plan. Our biggest problem is finding a good captain for long term basis and some solid batsmenâ€¦We don’t groom future captains in domestic cricket so we always face problems in this department. A captain must have the respect of his players and be willing to take strong decisions under pressure. This is why M S Dhoni is such a success.” Mushtaq said there was a need to search for quality batsmen and all-rounders. “Some of the batsmen like Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal and Sohaib Maqsood are just not willing to learn from their mistakes and grow on the mental side of cricket. It is time we find new players and start giving them exposure.” Mushtaq also picked India as favorites to defend their World Cup title.
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