Some Respite For Misbah ul Haq After Storm Of Opposition

Miabah Gets A good news

Miabah Gets A good newsKARACHI: Former chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed Sallu has come up for supporting the skipper Misbah ul Haq for his courage to accept mistakes.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq took the responsibility for national cricket team flopping in all three departments of the game — batting, bowling and fielding — in the ongoing World Cup.

“I feel Misbah has made a sensible statement about the team performance where he has not tried hiding behind excuses,” former cricketer said.

“It is indeed a do-or-die situation for Pakistan now and our boys must put their act together to win the next four games or it will be tough making the quarters.”

In a statement, Sallu termed Misbah’s plea to his players to shrug off the disappointment of back to back defeats against India and the West Indies ‘a very sensible approach.’

“If the defeats keep haunting our players, they will never be able to regroup and win. It is very sensible of Misbah to ask the team to pick itself, both mentally and skill-wise, for the remaining four games,” he added.

Sallu believes that not only Pakistan, but some other big teams are also facing shocking defeats terming that showing that any team could have a bad day in the ODIs.

“Upsets like South Africa losing to India or Ireland’s stunning win over West Indies should provide Pakistan hope to make a strong comeback in the event,” he said.

“If we get the combination right and win the next game against Zimbabwe, there is no reason why we can’t turn things around successfully,” Dawn quoted.

“Our next match is against Zimbabwe on Sunday and they will be psychologically disturbed by what Gayle did to them today,” said Sallu.

“Our players must take advantage of that and should play aggressive cricket to put the opponents on the back foot.”

The former chief selector insisted that the telling absence of Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan and Mohammad Hafeez was hurting Pakistan’s chances.

“Had these match-winning bowlers been available for us in the World Cup, I am convinced that Pakistan would have beaten the West Indies and had posed a stiff challenge to the Indian batsmen in the opening game,” he reminded. “But all is not lost yet and one good game can resurrect the Pakistan fortunes in the extravaganza,” concluded Sallu.

The report was published in Dawn and reprinted with some changes.

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