Misbah's Inclusion Was Surprising: Akram

Published: Sunday, October 10, 2010, 16:06 [IST]
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Misbah's inclusion surprises Akram

Former Pakistani captain and legendary pacer Wasim Akram stated that the selection of veteran Misbah-ul-Haq to lead the side for the test series against South Africa was a real shocker by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

In a conversation with Mobile ESPN from Karachi , Akram said, "I was surprised when I heard that Misbah has been named the Pakistan captain.

He has been out of the team since the beginning of the year and to bring him back as a captain was a bit shocking."

Akram has the view that age is not on the positive side of Misbah and the Pakistan cricket Board should have serious thoughts for his subtitute in the days to come.

"If they have named him the captain for one series, it's okay. He is already 36 and the PCB needs to find a long-term solution to this problem. I do not know what the vision of the selectors is," Akram

Although, Akram on the other hand did showed his acceptance with the PCB's decision as they were left out with not much to choose from, ahead of the South Africa series.

"They (PCB) did not have too many choices. Kamran Akmal is there but he is inexperienced. They have also tried Shoaib Malik. Mohammad Yousuf is making a comeback after a long time and he should just concentrate on his batting at the moment," the pace legend said.

Akram also said that Misbah will be under a lot of stress in the upcoming series against South Africa and he may find the going tough initially. "Misbah will be under pressure. He will have to improve the image of Pakistan cricket. For Misbah handling the media and getting runs himself could be demanding," Akram added.

Considering the grounds and pitches at Dubai against the South Africans, Akram had the view that it might be a blessing in disguise for Misbah as the conditions there might suit his style of batting. Along with this he also advised him not to take the Proteas lightly as they are tough opponents and will surely provide stiff resistance.

"The wickets in Dubai might suit Misbah's style of batting, but you cannot take the South Africans lightly. They are a very tough opposition under any conditions. Misbah needs to work hard and make sure he earns the faith of the team. If he gets runs, everything else will take care of itself." Akram said.

The series is scheduled to start from November 20th where Pakistan will play 2 tests against South Africa.


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