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“We don’t have anyone to replace Misbah,” says Miandad

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LAHORE: Former cricketer Javed Miandad has said that there was no replacement for Misbah as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was unable to provide chance to the young talent in the country.

Miandad, in an interview, blamed the country’s weak domestic cricket structure for not finding a replacement for 42-year-old test captain saying, “The problem is we don’t have anyone to replace Misbah. This shows how weak our cricketing structure is.”

Misbah is considered as Pakistan’s most successful test captain who helped the team to grab the top spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC)’s Test rankings.

The quadragenarian skipper of the national team had been Pakistan’s batting mainstay for the past six years with 24 victories from 53 test matches, losing 18 and drawing 11.

Miandad believes the national cricket board had not thought about succession.

“Everywhere in the world there’s a system in place and players come and go, but unfortunately we didn’t adopt any such system,” he said.

“Why are we now asking Misbah to leave? Have we prepared any replacement for him? Unfortunately the answer is no and now it’s entirely up to Misbah to decide himself when he wants to quit.”

Commenting on Misbah’s decision when he said that he was not in mood to retire, Miandad said, “Misbah knows it very well that there’s nobody who could lead the test side and that’s why he has not yet made up his mind.”

When asked about team’s performance in recent Test series against Australia, Miandad said it required special skill and technique to play in Australia.

“I am sorry to say but we don’t have players of such caliber. Playing aggressive cricket is the key to success in Australia and we were too defensive in our approach in batting, bowling and fielding,” said the 59-year-old.




 

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Carelessness of police allowed terrorists attack SL cricket team in 2009: IGP

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LAHORE: Punjab’s IGP Arif  Nawaz  has revealed that the carelessness of police had led terrorists to carry out an assault on Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009.

He was briefing media here today about the security arrangements made for the upcoming T20 match to be played in Lahore between the two teams.

Responding to a question about the serial stabbing cases in Karachi the IG said that he was willing to provide all help.

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Turkey turns into paragliders’ heaven!

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ANTALYA: The six-day, 18th annual paragliding competition commenced here on the hills with 600 thrill-lovers participating from 45 countries.

Every year Turkey organizes air games, which is a popular magnetism for adventure seekers.

Paragliding is one of the most participated sports of adventure-lovers in the country.

 

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4th ODI: Pakistan once again stamps authority on SL crushing them by 7 wickets!

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SHARJAH: Pakistan crushed Sri Lanka by seven wickets here today in the fourth ODI of the five match series.

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat with high hopes. But the team gave the most miserable performance of the series.

They lost seven wickets for 99 before recovering marginally to finish with 173 runs.

Lahiru Thirimanne, the only Sri Lankan batsman to stay firm on the pitch, made 62 off 94 balls, including four fours.

Skipper Uppal Tharanga also failed to make any statement as he received a peach of a delivery from the debutant Usman Khan Shinwari.

The target was far too comfortable for Pakistan. After early glitches, that had left green shirts at 58 for 3, astonishing half-centuries from Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik enabled the team make 177 for three and continue its winning spree.

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