While doing a virtual press conference, Pakistan’s head coach Misbah-ul-Haq said that we should back both Abid Ali and Imran Butt. They will not be discarded despite their woeful performances while claiming that they would undergo training at the National High-Performance Center to improve their overall game.

Furthermore, he said that he wants Pakistan team to be ranked in the top three in all formats of cricket. He said that we have gained confidence from their series win against South Africa and will love to build upon it.

Misbah-ul-Haq said, “We want to be in the top three in all formats of the game. We are headed towards improvement. I am hopeful that we will achieve our goals in the near future.

Losing out on some important opportunities and dropped catches were the reasons why we couldn’t perform up to the expectations during the tour of New Zealand. We did however show glimpses of our fighting spirit, he further added.

Before the start of Test series, Misbah was under pressure from all cricketing quarters after a dismal performance on New Zealand. There were talks of him being replaced after the on going series.

In the past few months he had relinquished the role of Chief Selector of the national team

“In the home series against South Africa, the players faced tough conditions and came away victorious. Their hard work was visible. The coaches had been trying for a long time to set up a lower order that could add an important 70 or 80 runs to the total. Mohammad Rizwan and Faheem Ashraf were phenomenal in the series,” he added.

“We need to improve the performances of our openers but at the same time, the available players will not be discarded. Players such as Shan Masood have been performing for Pakistan in the past. We cannot just take them out of our plans in an instant. We will work towards improving the openers in the national high-performance centre. I don’t know what decision the board makes or what happens in the future. We can only work hard and keep trying to improve,” he said.


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