Tuesday 19 August 2014 

Misbah Retained As Captain Until 2015 WC

Misbah Retained As Captain Until 2015 WC
Misbah-ul-Haq has been retained as captain until the 2015 World Cup
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Pakistan’s newly appointed cricket chief Shaharyar Khan has shown confidence in his under-fire skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, confirming he will continue to serve as a captain until the 2015 World Cup.

"I am not going to press any panic button. I believe in continuity in cricket matters and a few bad results doesn't mean we start talking about removing Misbah as captain," the PCB chief, who took control after being elected, told journalists at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore.

Calls for a change in command grew stronger after Pakistan’s heavy defeat against Sri Lanka on Monday. Pakistan’s dreary performance resulted in a whitewash as they lost the series 2-0 to the home side.

Stinging criticism grew over Misbah who had a disastrous outing - not just as a captain but also as a player - in the series. He scored a mere 67 runs in four innings with an average of 16.75

Reports indicate an influential lobby inside the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wanted to replace Misbah in Tests as well as ODIs with Younus Khan and Shahid Afridi.

However, Shaharyar Khan decided to stick to the decision taken by his predecessor, Najam Sethi, to assign the captaincy to Misbah until the 2015 World Cup.

"We can't talk about removing someone as captain on the basis of one or two bad results. I believe in continuity and Misbah has served the Pakistan team well. I will talk to the players and I am going to tell them to put the test series loss behind them and try harder in the coming one-day series," the new PCB chief said.

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