Misbah-ul-Haq feels that he can still be an asset to the Twenty20 squad
Pakistan batsman Misbah-ul-Haq, has expressed his anger after being stripped of the captaincy and completely removed from the country’s Twenty20 squad.
Ul-Haq, vowed to continue playing in the shorter format, even if it meant doing so in the domestic leagues.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference, ul-Haq said: “It is the board’s and selectors’ decision about me and T20 cricket but I feel that I can play in this format and will continue to do so at the domestic level.”
The former Twenty20 captain feels that he can earn his spot back into the Twenty20 squad if he performs well in the domestic tournaments.
“I will be playing in the T20 events organised in Pakistan including the planned premier league and if the selectors ever feel I can play for the national team I am available,” he said.
Ul-Haq, who is a veteran batsman for Pakistan, will still remain the country’s Test and ODI captain, and feels as if he still has a lot to offer the national team in the future.
“I have the responsibility of leading Pakistan in Tests and ODIs and it is a tough challenge for me. I need to remain focussed on these formats. I don’t think me being dropped from the T20 squad will affect my focus or job,” he said.
Ul-Haq, had announced that after Pakistan’s triumph in the Asia Cup, he wanted to lead the country in the upcoming World Twenty20 tournament, which is to be hosted in Sri Lanka in September.
Sources within the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), noted that Misbah-ul-Haq had only been told about the decision to strip him of his captaincy, but there was never any mention of him being left out of the Twenty20 squad.
Ul-Haq, took over captaincy in the ODI and Twenty20 formats back in May last year, after Shahid Afridi was sacked for being involved in a heated dispute with the PCB.
Misbah-ul-Haq also stated that he was 100 per cent fit for the upcoming Sri Lanka series, in which Pakistan will play three Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals.
With Mohammad Hafeez now the newly appointed captain of the Twenty20 squad, Misbah-ul-Haq had some words of advice for his teammate, saying: “Hafeez is a seasoned player and has captaincy experience at the domestic level where he has done well. I wish him the best of luck but as far as the future is concerned, no one can say what will happen.”
Hafeez, noted that he and Misbah-ul-Haq had been playing together for the last 12 to 13 years, and that he felt ul-Haq had great coordination and understanding.
“Misbah is one of the best captains I have played under he is calm and cool and leads well. I am hoping to learn a lot from him as vice captain in the tests and ODIs. I will be giving him my full support,” Hafeez said.