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“I have continued to play in domestic T20 cricket and if the selectors want me to play, I will do so”
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has revealed that he is eager to make his Twenty20 International comeback after stepping aside to allow younger players to flourish in the shortest format of the game.
“I stepped away from T20 Internationals to give youngsters a chance,” ul-Haq said. “But I have continued to play in domestic T20 cricket and if the selectors want me to play, I will do so.”
Despite Pakistan’s poor record over the past couple of months, ul-Haq stated that he was not put under any pressure from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and national selectors.
“I am thankful the board reposed confidence in me again,” he said. “I take captaincy as a challenge but even when we were losing in the UAE to South Africa the players were determined to come out of the bad run.
“It is all a matter of regaining momentum and we were confident that we could bounce back in South Africa and we did just that.”
However, ul-Haq admitted to being disappointed that his side could not whitewash South Africa 3-0 during their recent ODI series.
“We had to make four changes for the last match,” he said. “Two of these were forced changes because Mohammed Hafeez injured his finger while Junaid Khan had a hip strain.
“But I am glad that we are giving the new players more exposure and some of them are coming into their own and gaining confidence as well.”
Ul-Haq was also quick to dismiss rumours about there being a lot of tension between players in the team.
“I just want to tell everyone there is nothing wrong in the team,” he said. “Everyone supports each other and in recent times our batting has been our main problem and whenever it has clicked we have done well. The players support me unconditionally.
“Criticising the team after every bad performance is not a good sign and it is bad for our morale as well.”