Miandad: ‘We don’t have anyone to replace Misbah’

“Misbah knows it very well that there’s nobody who could lead the Test side”

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Legendary Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad has expressed his displeasure towards the fact that a successor to Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq hasn’t been found.

Misbah’s time in international cricket could come to an end sooner rather than later as the 42-year-old will now think about his future after his side were whitewashed 3-0 by Australia.

Misbah is Pakistan’s most successful captain in history with 24 victories from 53 test matches, but Minadad doesn’t see anyone capable of taking over the reins and attributes this problem to the country’s “weak” domestic structure.

“The problem is we don’t have anyone to replace Misbah,” Miandad said. “This shows how weak our cricketing structure is.

“Everywhere in the world there’s a system in place and players come and go, but unfortunately we didn’t adopt any such system.

“Why are we now asking Misbah to leave? Have we prepared any replacement for him? Unfortunately the answer is no and now it’s entirely up to Misbah to decide himself when he wants to quit.”

The 59-year-old also believes that Misbah has postponed his retirement as he himself knows there is no suitable candidate to take over the leadership role once he calls it quits.

“Misbah knows it very well that there’s nobody who could lead the Test side and that’s why he has not yet made up his mind,” Miandad said.

When asked about Pakistan’s Test series against Australia, Miandad pointed out that the national team lack players that have the right set of skills needed to succeed Down Under.

“I am sorry to say but we don’t have players of such caliber,” he added. “Playing aggressive cricket is the key to success in Australia and we were too defensive in our approach in batting, bowling and fielding.”

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