Thursday, December 2, 2021

Pakistan cricket needs to stop hunting for scapegoats: former coach Misbah ul Haq

New Delhi. Former Pakistan coach and captain Misbah-ul-Haq said that there will be no improvement in Pakistan cricket until it changes the system and stops the habit of finding scapegoats. Misbah, speaking for the first time after abruptly resigning last month, said that ‘cosmetic surgery’ is not going to change anything in Pakistan cricket as the problems are deep in the system.

He told the A-Sports channel, “The problem is that our cricket only sees results and we do not have the time or patience to plan ahead and improve the system.” Misbah said, “We Ignoring the fact that we have to develop our players at home level and then work on their skill development in the national team. We want results and if we don’t get desired results, we start looking for someone to be a scapegoat.

Along with Misbah, bowling coach Waqar Younis had suddenly announced his resignation after returning from the West Indies last month. The former captain further said, “Unfortunately, finding scapegoats has become common in Pakistan cricket. After losing a match or series, we start looking for scapegoats to save ourselves.” Misbah said, “If we continue with this ‘cosmetic surgery’ (correction from above), nothing will change. You can change the coach and the players but the internal problem will remain the same.

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Misbah also criticized the way the national selection committee worked and the way the T20 World Cup team was changed. He said, “What is happening? First you include some players in the World Cup squad and then after 10 days you bring back the dropped players by taking a U-turn.” After announcing the initial 15-member squad and three reserve players, chief selector Muhammad Wasim Later made three changes.

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