Misbah-ul-Haq, the head coach of Pakistan cricket team, wants to avoid any more experimenting with the team during the upcoming England tour. He was speaking to the media virtually from Zimbabwe.
Misbah says the time has come to get “serious” and carry forward only those cricketers into the “tough” series who have realistic chances of playing for the country, especially in the T20 World Cup.
“The white-ball series against England is tough and so are other series coming up including the T20 World Cup. If the PSL goes ahead, we would be having an opportunity to look into backup and select the best for coming international commitments.”He said.
He said his focus will be on fielding the best playing XI in each match.
“The touring squad will contain only those players who would have a genuine case to play. But on my own, I cannot take such decisions. The selection committee is to guide us. The team management only wants to have the best backup for future series.”He said.
Haq said that some players were included without a “genuine case” on the South Africa tour because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We were in a trial and experimental phase, but now only the most suitable cricketers will be there for [the] England tour,” he said, admitting that there were problems in the middle-order for white-ball cricket.
“Despite the fact that we are on a winning spree, the remaining flaws must be removed at the earliest. The newcomers will have to work on their basics. Without flawless basics, they cannot develop themselves into genuine international batsmen.”Haq said.
The team head coach also defended Tabish Khan’s inclusion ahead of much-deserving Fahim Ashraf in the second Test against Zimbabwe.
“I strongly believe in Fahim’s abilities as a true all-rounder. He has performed to the management’s satisfaction in the recent past. When it comes to Tabish’s selection, I think we did it knowing well that we can take a chance without disturbing the winning combination.”
For Babar Azam, the head coach was all praises for his captaincy skills.
“That is the best thing that happened to the team in the recent past. Babar has developed into a real leader. He has gained confidence and developed into a powerful captain.”Said Haq.