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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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T10 League: Shahid Afridi dismisses three wickets in the new format!

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UAE: Shahid Afridi yesterday (14th of December) wrote history by dismissing three batsman  – South African Rilee Rossouw, West Indian Dwayne Bravo & Indian Virendar Sehwag – off three balls in the first ever hat-trick in cricket’s newest format of T10.  

Pakhtoons that were asked by Marathas to bat first scored 122. In response Maratha Arabians scored 96 for 7.  Pakhtoons’ Fakhar Zaman scored 45 while Maratha’s Alex Hales managed to muster-up 57.

TEAMS:

Maratha Arabians: Virender Sehwag, Shaiman Anwar, Alex Hales, Lendl Simmons, Rillee Rossouw, Ross Whiteley, Imad Wasim, Roelof van der Merwe, Zahoor Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Sami, Hardus Viljoen, Wayne Parnell, Kumar Sangakkara, Kamran Akmal.

Pakhtoons: Fakhar Zaman, Tamim Iqbal, Dwayne Smith, Ahmad Shahzad, Najibullah Zadran, Shahid Afridi, Amjab Javed, Mohammad Nabi, Liam Dawson, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Sohail Khan, Umar Gul, Shaheen Afridi, Saqlain Haider.

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NZ vs WI: Trent Boult – Paceman of Black Caps – gets his 200th test wicket!

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HAMILTON (Seddon Park): By taking the wicket of West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite (caught by Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson at gully) Trent Boult has become the 42nd player in test history to take 200 wickets.

He got his 200th scalp as New Zealand beat the West Indies by 240 runs today completing a 2-0 sweep of its first test series since March.

Left-arm swing bowler Trent Boult is the sixth New Zealand cricketer to have accomplished this feat.

New Zealand’s top test wicket-takers:

Sir Richard Hadlee…. 431

Daniel Vettori…………361

Chris Martin…………..233

Chris Cairns…………..218

Tim Southee…………..207

Trent Boult……………200

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Bangladesh appoints Shakib Al Hasan as Test Captain!

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DHAKA: Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has replaced Mushfiqur Rahim by Shakib Al Hasan as Test captain.

All-rounder Shakib (already T-20 skipper) had led the Test side in nine Tests between 2009 and 2011.

He will be leading the pride of Bengal Tigers against Sri-Lankans next month in the two-Test home series.

It is pertinent to mention here that following the South Africa debacle (when Tigers lost tests with heavy margins) while BCB had deemed it fit to let wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim concentrate on his batting, no other major changes had been made in the equipe.

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