Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan’s head coach and selector, is all set for his first assignment as Pakistan will take on Sri Lanka in a three-match One-day International (ODI) series at home. Pakistan will play Sri Lanka in three ODIs and as many Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).
Pakistan’s head coach Misbah-ul-Haq demanded world cricket to actively support Pakistan as it takes another step towards the revival of complete international cricket at home with Sri Lanka ODI and T20I series which will be played in Karachi and Lahore.
Misbah told media in Karachi ahead of the series that it is important for world cricket to realize that issues like security in Pakistan have improved and the country needs more series at home, on a regular basis.
Misbah while addressing the media came up with a witty reply when a journalist asked him about the low strike-rate of Pakistan’s batsmen.
A journalist asked Misbah-ul-Haq that batsmen have focussed on tuk tuk a lot more than hard hitting, they have scored centuries off 235 balls.
“Even when you used to bat, you used to have similar approach towards your innings. So, as head coach would you allow the batsmen to focus more on tuk tuk and less on hard hitting?” a journalist asked Misbah-ul-Haq.
The former Pakistan captain in reply, asked the journalist that “whether someone has asked him to irritate the coach?”
“You’re focussing more on tuk tuk, looks like you didn’t get a car today. Or maybe someone has told you to try and irritate the coach,” Misbah-ul-Haq said.
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The 45-year-old further said Sri Lanka touring Pakistan is an encouraging sign.
“The Sri Lankan team coming to Pakistan is an encouraging sign. Countries need to support every country, not just Pakistan, but any place where there is any such situation, because without this, the survival of cricket is difficult,” Misbah added.
He argued that it has been ten years to the incident of Sri Lankan team and things have improved a lot in Pakistan since then.
He highlighted the importance of playing cricket at home for youngsters.
“It is also important for youngsters to play in front of home crowd and home ground. It is key for them to play in front of packed stadium. You can’t attract crowd at neutral venue,” he said.
“When you’re playing at home ground, you’re also different at emotional level. It will be an important moment for all the players,” Misbah highlighted while adding that Pakistani grounds cant be deprived of live action anymore.
He added that the series is very special moment for him as well as he was among players who played the last ODI at Karachi’s national stadium, against the same opponent. And now, the center is hosting an ODI again, against the same team with Misbah in a different role.