Volatile Pak team settling down, evolving and energetic: Misbah
Pakistan cricket team captain Misbah-ul-Haq has claimed that his team, which has often been labelled as volatile, is settling down, evolving, and acquiring an energetic culture that reflects in the performances on the field.
In an interview to the Dawn, Misbah said that several young players are joining the team now, and naturally, some good performances have emerged as a result.
It maybe recalled that before Inzamam-ul-Haq took over as captain in 2003, the Pakistan cricket teams were known for their flamboyant ways, both on and off the field.
Players were extremely outgoing and loved their bit of partying.
However, things began to change under Inzamam. Introversion and inertia crept in and the players' interaction with the other teams and with the cultures of the countries they were touring reduced drastically.
Things got even worse when Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were kicked out for spot-fixing.
When Misbah took over, he was given a team that was harassed by the media, suspected by the ICC, and asked by the PCB to keep a low profile at all times.
Misbah says that period was tough, but now it was much better.
Misbah claims the Pakistan cricket team is a happier and more outgoing side than what it was a couple of years ago.
He also praises Manager Moin Khan, who he says encourages the boys to interact more with other teams and go out for dinners and to events outside of cricket.
Moin Khan is being tipped to become the next coach after Dav Whatmore departs.
(Posted on 16-01-2014)