WT20: After Pietersen, Misbah in panel of experts

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Updated: Monday, September 17, 2012, 9:42 [IST]
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Bangalore, Sep 17: World T20 is round the corner, and Television audience are in for a visual treat, as cricketers Misbah ul Haq and Kevin Pietersen, who rocked the cricketing field would be talking, commenting and voicing their opinions in front of the microphone.

Misbah in panel of experts for World T20

With the broadcasters roping in a few popular cricketers who had to end their T20 careers abruptly, feel this as another opportunity to be associated with the team and the event as it is the T20 World Cup.

Having been dropped as captain and player from Pakistan's T20 squad for the World Cup, Misbah has been asked to be among the panel of experts by the broadcasters, as the cricketer has also sought permission from the board to participate in the event as an expert.

The first to make an entry to small screen was England's Kevin Pietersen who is also awaiting for that moment, as his career was also cut short by England's policy, and other reasons.

These two cricketers have been very crucial for their teams during the previous editions of the T20 World Cup. While Misbah would regret that scoop off Joginder Sharma in the last over to hit a boundary in the 2007 T20 World Cup final which landed in Sreesanth's hands, as India won the title in the first edition of the T20 World Cup in South Africa.

Meanwhile, England's Pietersen would be missed while the team defends its title in Sri Lanka, after having won the T20 World Cup in the Carribean two years ago.

If Misbah regrets his mistake playing a bad shot which eventually spoilt his career, Pietersen would like to forget the entire episode post IPL 5, which ruined his career, and he has himself to blame as he announced his retirement from limited overs international and finally due to certain reasons was dropped from the Test squad as his cricketing future remains bleak.

Interestingly, Pietersen was the highest run-scorer for England in the previous edition of the World Cup as he had scored 248 runs off 6 matches, with a highest score of 73 (not out) at a strike rate of 137.77.

With these two cricketers taking a break from the cricketing field to voice their opinion on the Television, we would definitely witness the other side of the cricketers who excelled on the field.


Story first published:  Monday, September 17, 2012, 9:24 [IST]
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