Youngsters will be given chance on Zimbabwe tour without compromising on team’s strength: Misbah

By our correspondent

KARACHI: There is discussion back home that Pakistan should test its bench on Zimbabwe tour keeping in view the mediocre side of the hosts which have a poor track record against Pakistan.

But Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq made it clear that they would keep the required rotation without compromising on the team’s strength on Zimbabwe tour on which Pakistan will play a three-match T20 series and two Test matches.

“We will try to make little bit of rotation without compromising on team’s strength,” Misbah told a virtual news conference. “People will say that we should give chance to the bench. If we don’t perform then these people are not responsible. Me as a coach, captain and the team management will be responsible. You always try to form such a combination with minor rotation so that the team could also win and youngsters are also tested,” Misbah said.

About Shaheen Afridi Misbah said that they are examining everything regarding workload, adding, he is being played where the team needs his services. “And when we will see that he needs rest so we will give him rest,” Misbah said.

Misbah said this series and the next against England will help them what should be Pakistan’s T20 World Cup side. “There are also some boys who have played in the past. Going back home there will be PSL. There is no issue if a player performs and is brought in. Mostly we see the players who are in our World Cup plan. We will give opportunity to them in this series and the series against England,” he said.

Misbah said they will have to bring improvement in the middle order. “If we are to play World Cup in India our top six batsmen will have to get command over playing spin bowling. The top order batsmen may also face spin. And if we keep India’s conditions in mind then I can say that the role of spinners will be important. If we are able to improve in these areas then our chances in the World Cup will be increased,” Misbah said.

Misbah said if a player is picked for national duty after four or five successful domestic seasons then there is a chance that he may meet international requirement. “But it does not mean that the stuff we have at our disposal does not have background. They have been picked on the basis of their domestic performances and they have been playing cricket for long,” Misbah said. “But unfortunately the issue is the adaptability. But Zimbabwe tour is a great opportunity for these youngsters to show their worth,” Misbah said.

Misbah said there is always a window for one or two players. “From the two series things will become clear upto certain extent. The squad for England series will be near the World Cup squad because it will be mostly the same squad which will go for the World Cup,” Misbah said.

Responding to a question regarding Shoaib Malik Misbah said no player can be written off. “I cannot write off any player. At the moment I have no opinion over the matter which player we are going to take and which has been rejected,” he said. Misbah said Sharjeel is working on fitness and skills, adding, fast bowlers performance was good in South Africa keeping in view the conditions.

He said that Harare Sports Club pitch may have more bounce, adding, conditions in Zimbabwe are different from South Africa. “Zimbabwe are a gutsy side and they may exploit a room if given to them at any stage as they have the experience of playing at Harare as their domestic cricket is also being held here and players are used to these conditions which somehow similar to Pakistan but with some more bounce,” Misbah observed. Misbah, while answering to a question about Asif Ali, said that people and media relate players with him (Misbah) who don’t perform and don’t relate those with him who perform.

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