Misbah disappointed on not winning WI Test series

LAHORE - Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq was disappointed on not winning the Test series against the West Indies when the opportunity was there to be taken.

“Yes it’s disappointing we didn’t win the Test series. It was a chance to make history and that was definitely on our minds. However, we didn’t play well enough in the first Test, the wicket was tricky and the West Indies bowlers bowled well.”

“However, after the first Test defeat I was pleased that the boys bounced back, fought hard and leveled the series.”

It was commendable that we won the second Test and remained unbeaten in our last three Test series,” said he during the series against Ireland.”

“West Indies bowler Devendra Bishoo is a good prospect. He’s obviously young and is still learning the game and has things to work on, but he has all the basic ingredients to do very well. He impressed me and if he works hard at his game he could be a very good bowler for the West Indies,” Misbah was quoted by Pakpassion.

“The conditions that we have encountered in Ireland are thoroughly different to Pakistan and are very testing for the batsmen. To get the opportunity to play in these conditions shouldn’t be brushed aside especially by the younger players. It’s all part of their learning curve and definitely helps in becoming better cricketers. I’m pleased that we’ve had the chance to play these matches in Ireland,” he added.

“It’s a decision that’s for the ICC to make. From my perspective, it’s disappointing to see a team like Ireland who has beaten Pakistan and England respectively in the last two World Cups, not being given a chance to feature in the next World Cup. Ireland have shown that they are a very strong Associate team and deserve every opportunity to play against the Test playing nations.”

He said: Junaid Khan started his international career really well. He has a good attitude and works very hard on every aspect of his game. Junaid’s a good team man, very positive and focused and the more international cricket he plays, the more confidence he will gain.”

“The decision on who captains the one-day side in future is of PCB’s. They asked me to lead the team in Ireland and I was happy to do that. I’m not desperate to be one-day captain but if the Board wishes me to remain skipper the then I will do so. I’ve always made my intentions and priorities very clear and that is to play well for Pakistan, irrespective of whether I am captain or not. If someone else is captain then that is not an issue for me. I will play under anyone as skipper and am not anxious to lead the team,” he maintained.