Unhappy Misbah to continue playing domestic T20

Published: Friday, May 11, 2012, 15:19 [IST]
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Despite axeing, Misbah to play T20

Lahore, May 11: Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq made it clear that he was not happy at being removed as captain and player of the national T20 squad and said he would continue to play in the format at the domestic level.

"It is the board's and selectors' decision about me and T20 cricket but I feel that I can play in this format and will continue to do so at the domestic level," Misbah told reporters.

"I will be playing in the T20 events organised in Pakistan including the planned premier league and if the selectors ever feel I can play for the national team I am available," he said.

The seasoned batsman who has been retained as captain of the Test and ODI squads with the new T20 captain, Mohammad Hafeez appointed as his vice-captain, said he still has a lot to give to Pakistan cricket.

"I have the responsibility of leading Pakistan in Tests and ODIs and it is a tough challenge for me. I need to remain focussed on these formats. I don't think me being dropped from the T20 squad will affect my focus or job," Misbah said.

The senior batsman had made it clear after leading Pakistan to the Asia Cup that he wanted to continue to lead the team in T20 cricket and play in the upcoming World Cup.

Well-placed sources said that Misbah was only informed about the decision to remove him as T20 captain after the selectors and coach, Dav Whatmore had held discussions with PCB chief, Zaka Ashraf on Monday.

Misbah who turns 38 later this month, has led Pakistan in all three formats since last May when Shahid Afridi was sacked as captain of the ODI and T20 squads following a dispute with the cricket board.

The senior batsman said he was 100 percent fit for international cricket and was looking ahead to the tour of Sri Lanka where Pakistan play three Tests, five ODIs and 2 T20 matches.

Misbah had words of encouragement for Hafeez. "Hafeez is a seasoned player and has captaincy experience at the domestic level where he has done well. I wish him the best of luck but as far as the future is concerned, no one can say what will happen."

Hafeez said he was delighted to be given the honor of leading Pakistan.

"It is the biggest honor for any player. I have no doubt it is a big challenge for me in T20 cricket but I am fortunate to have experienced players like Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik with me in the team."

Hafeez said he saw the Sri Lankan tour as a big challenge as they were hard to beat at home.

"But we have been doing well in all three formats in the last one year and I am confident we can continue that good run on the coming tour as well."

Hafeez said he and Misbah has been playing together at every level since the last 12 to 13 years and has a good coordination and understanding.

"Misbah is one of the best captains I have played under he is calm and cool and leads well. I am hoping to learn a lot from him as vice captain in the tests and ODIs. I will be giving him my full support."


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