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Misbah tells fans to be consistent, then expect consistency from team

Misbah-ul-Haq

LAHORE: Pakistan’s test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq on Wednesday told his fans to be consistent with their analysis and support, then expect consistency from the team.

The 42-year old stated that he was considering to quit international cricket last year, but everyone asked him to stay as captain till New Zealand and Australia tour.

“I was considering retirement a year ago but everyone told me to stay for the tours [against New Zealand and Australia], but now, that we have lost, they are telling me that I should be ashamed of myself and leave cricket,” said Misbah while talking to media.

Misbah reminded everyone that he led Pakistan successfully in the last six years, but a couple of bad tours washed all that away.

“Everyone tries their best. People forget the good that was done in the last six years after we lost a few matches. The fans need to consistent in their approach too, otherwise, they should not expect consistency from players,” he added.

The most successful Test skipper Pakistan believes that changing captain will not help the cause, instead working and investing in domestic circuit will make a difference.

“Whoever the board appoints as captain will face problems,” said the right-hand batsman. “We need to improve our domestic cricket first. And secondly, we need to give our youngsters confidence by sending them on tours to countries like Australia, South Africa and England to get accustomed to their conditions. You cannot expect a player to go there after a big gap and perform – it’s wrong on them.”

He further related the domestic problems with lack of talented players in the country saying, “We are not producing talented players because the domestic structure is flawed.”

“And, meanwhile, if we are producing talent, there is a dearth of grooming them in accordance with international standards,” he added.

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