If I lose my captaincy, so be it, says Misbah-ul-Haq

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“I was asked to captain the national team and it was an honour for me and I have done my best”

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who has been heavily criticised over the past few weeks due to the the national team’s horrendous tour of Zimbabwe, has announced that he is not worried about being stripped of the captaincy.

Under ul-Haq’s guidance, Pakistan lost an ODI and a Test match to Zimbabwe, which saw them plunge from fourth to sixth on the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test team rankings.

“I have never asked for the captaincy or demanded it,” ul-Haq said. “Even now it is for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to decide on the captaincy issue. Whatever they decide is acceptable to me.

“I was asked to captain the national team and it was an honour for me and I have done my best. So I am not taking any pressure. Whatever decision the board takes, I will accept it.”

Speaking about the Zimbabwe tour, ul-Haq admitted that he found it deeply “disappointing” that Pakistan had not been able to win the Test series.

“It was disappointing we couldn’t win the Test series in Zimbabwe but our batting has been a problem for a while now and that is because our new players are not getting enough exposure at the top level like other countries,” he said.

While ul-Haq was quick to state that he was impressed by his own performance in Zimbabwe, he was equally as swift to point the blame at the other batsmen for not being consistent.

“I am satisfied with my own form but the other batsmen also need to get runs consistently and that is a worrying aspect for us before the series against South Africa,” ul-Haq said.

The 39-year-old also dismissed questions about whether he is aiming to represent Pakistan in the 2015 ICC World Cup.

“It is irrelevant to talk about the World Cup now because one doesn’t know what is going to happen the next minute, so I don’t want to make any comments,” he said.

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