Misbah will not continue as captain

Mohit Singh, March 23 2012,
Could lose ODI and T20I captaincy despite Asia Cup win
The captaincy of Misbah-ul-Haq may come to an end after the ongoing four-nation Asia Cup. Misbah is currently leading Pakistan in all three formats of cricket. However, his tenure as a captain of Pakistan’s One-day and Twenty20 squads is likely to be ended very soon. The names of Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez are floating in the air as the substitutes of Misbah.

Reliable sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board, who are also close to the national selection committee, confirmed the authenticity of that news. According to the sources, Misbah would no longer be the captain of Pakistan’s Twenty20 and ODI squads after the Asia Cup. The source also told PTI that this decision would not depend on Pakistan’s performance in the ongoing Asia Cup.

One source said that all the selectors and the board wanted Misbah to restrict his leadership in the Test matches while a new captain would take his place in other formats. Pakistan’s next mission after the Asia Cup is in Sri Lanka where they will play three Tests, five ODIs, and two Twenty20 matches.

Selectors along with the board felt that it was time for Misbah to concentrate on Test leadership only.

Since the last year, Misbah has been leading Pakistan in all three formats of the game. He became the captain after the former board had sacked Afridi from the captaincy of the ODI and Twenty20 teams in May. However, Misbah is not very much popular as a captain. Former players and cricket analyzers have often criticized his defensive game plan.

The flow of criticism increased after Pakistan’s recent defeat in the ODI and Twenty20 series against England.

The source also indicated that after the Asia Cup, some senior players including Misbah, Younis Khan, Umar Gul, and others might be restricted to play only Test cricket. Pakistan might opt for forming different teams for different formats of cricket.

The source also acknowledged that Pakistan was in need of having different squads in ODI and Twenty20 with younger players and fresh faces.

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