[su_dropcap style=”simple” size=”5″]P[/su_dropcap]akistan cricket team’s head coach and chief selector Misbah Ul Haq hinted at the T20I comeback of the senior duo of Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik. Misbah, the new head coach, pointed towards the comeback of the seasoned campaigners in the Pakistan vs Sri Lanka T20 series post media session.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) excluded Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez from the list of central contracted players earlier this year.
The senior all-rounders were not considered for the home series against Sri Lanka. In T20s, Pakistan faced an embarrassing whitewash in their backyard from a relatively weaker Sri Lanka side. Though they beat Sri Lanka 2-0 in ODIs.
Pakistan’s head coach and chief selector Misbah Ul Haq came under fire after the under-par performance. The former captain took over the coaching and chief selector’s jobs from Mickey Arthur and Inzamam Ul Haq a few days ago. Misbah, however, came forward to face the charges.
The veteran said, “Of course, the responsibility falls my shoulders, but this is the same Pakistan team that has been playing for three to four years. How much have I coached them in 10 days?”
This was a reality check for all of us. The way we go after the seniors (Malik and Hafeez): Misbah Ul Haq
Misbah Ul Haq urged his players to learn from the new-look Sri Lanka side. He was full of praises for the young skipper Dasun Shanaka. He quoted, “The performance of the young Sri Lankan side is an example for us. They outclassed us in every department. All matches and the T20 series were one-sided. We need to find the answers to a lot of questions. The current performance was disappointing.”
Misbah Ul Haq pointed towards the comeback of Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez. He said, “This was a reality check for all of us. The way we go after the seniors. What did we do in the World Cup? We forget their performances. These two (Hafeez and Malik) always play the spinners so well, and we had this problem for the entire series. We didn’t pick up their leg-spinner (Wanindu Hasaranga), and that’s where we lost the series.”
Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez are currently playing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20. They are presently representing Guyana Amazon Warriors and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots respectively. There is a strong possibility that the veteran duo will make a comeback to the T20I outfits against Australia next month.