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

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.



Pakistan to face Afghanistan in their opening match of Under-19 World Cup

DUBAI: Pakistan will face Afghanistan in the first Group D match on the opening day of the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the schedule for the upcoming tournament to be held from January 13 to February 3, 2018, in New Zealand.

There are sixteen teams competing in the tournament. West Indies will take on hosts New Zealand in the first match.

The top two sides from each of the four groups will go onto the Super League, whereas the remaining teams will participate in the plate championship.

The 16 teams playing the tournament have been divided into four groups, with the breakup as follows:

Group A

New Zealand, West Indies, South Africa, Kenya

Group B

India, Australia, Zimbabwe, Papua New Guinea

Group C

England, Bangladesh, Canada, Namibia

Group D

Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Ireland

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Breaching code of conduct: Akmal issued show cause notice for allegations against Arthur

LAHORE: Umar Akmal was issued a show-cause notice today for breaching Code of Conduct after he levelled severe allegations of verbal abuse against the head coach Mickey Arthur.

The show-cause was issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). According to a PCB official, the cricketer has been ordered to file a reply to the notice within seven days.

On Wednesday, the 27-year-old batsman had claimed that the head coach abused him during a net practice at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

“He [Arthur] asked who allowed me to enter the NCA. He told me that it was better that I play club cricket instead of practicing at the NCA,” the cricketer said.

Arthur had denied that he had abused Akmal saying that he will take the latter to the court.

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Death of a cricketer: Don’t forget to wear safety gear!


MARDAN: Death of 18-year-old cricketer Zubair Ahmed Mohmend on Monday 14th August during net-practice highlights the importance of safety gear as cricket ball could be lethal for the batsman.

Pakistan Cricket Board took to the twitter to emphasize on the necessity of wearing safety gear including helmet. 

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