'Misbah selected as Younis was not cleared by PCB'

Published: Saturday, October 9, 2010, 14:50 [IST]
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'Misbah selected instead  of Younis'

PCB chief selector Mohsin Khan has said that they recalled Misbah-ul-Haq to the Test side and chose him to lead the side primarily because Younis Khan was not given a green-light for selection by the PCB.

"We needed a senior player to strengthen our batting line-up," Mohsin told the News. "Our first choice was Younis Khan but we didn't get any clearance [from the PCB], after which we discussed the option of recalling Misbah and decided to go for it."

Another reason why the selectors favoured Mishbah was his fitness and clean record off the field. Despite being 36, the selectors said that Misbah is one amongst the fittest players in Pakistan cricket.

"In a team where many of the players have had serious disciplinary problems, Misbah is one guy who has a neat and clean background," Mohsin said. "He is a thorough professional and one of the fittest players in our country, which is another big plus point.

Mohsin admitted that Mishbah has not been able to get runs consistently for Pakistan and he was dropped for the very reason but now he has been handed a chance after a good run of form playing in domestic league.

"I know that Misbah has just managed to score runs on and off in his international career but he is the kind of player who can click anytime. He has done well in the Pentangular Cup and the National One-Day Cup which is a good sign."

Pakistan had dropped both Misbah and Younis following the winless tour of Australia in 2009-10. While Misbah was cast aside because of poor form, Younis was banned along with several other Pakistan players on disciplinary grounds. Younis appealed against his punishment, like the others did, and was cleared as well, but the PCB have not picked him in the squad since.

Misbah will lead Pakistan in the two-Test series against South Africa in Abu Dhabi in November. He becomes the fourth man, after Mohammad Yousuf, Shahid Afridi and Salman Butt, to captain Pakistan in Tests in 2010 alone.


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