Misbah blasted for defensive approach in Galle Test defeat

GALLE, Sri Lanka: Pakistan’s defeat against Sri Lanka in the first Test match at Galle earned team players wrath of former players, who along with blasting the defensive batting display, castigated the approach of the skipper Misbahul Haq.

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Sri Lanka got a 99-run target despite bad light and intermittent rain to take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series.

A trademark second innings collapse on Sunday meant Pakistan were bowled out for a paltry 180 in Galle after the match looked certain to end in a draw.

Former skipper and wicket keeper Rashid Latif told a news agency that “It was disappointing to see Pakistan lose a Test which was heading for a draw and after scoring 451.

Younis Khan led the charge in the first innings with a brilliant 177 but Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath exploited the last-day pitch with figures of 6-48 to destroy Pakistan’s batting.

Latif said neither Rehman nor Ajmal had lived up to expectations.

The former skipper said the defeat did not augur well for Misbah-ul-Haq’s captaincy.

“I can see Shahid Afridi as captain in the 2015 World Cup if Pakistan lose the Test and one-day series in Sri Lanka,” Latif said.

Another former captain, Mohammad Yousuf, criticised the team’s go-slow batting which allowed the Sri Lankan spinners to attack.

“I did not expect such a batting capitulation but it all boils down to the defensive strategy of the captain and that has let the team down,” said Yousuf.

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Misbah blasted for defensive approach in Galle Test defeat

by Azhar Khan