Tuesday 25 February 2014 

Video Exclusive - Mushtaq Mohammad Backs Misbah

In this exclusive video interview, former Pakistan captain Mushtaq Mohammad lends his support to Misbah-ul-Haq as the Asia Cup 2014 gets underway with Pakistan taking on Sri Lanka.

Misbah has come in for much criticism since taking over the job of Pakistan captain, largely for the pace of his batting, but Mushtaq makes the point that more often than not, Misbah is the only player making runs, so the speed of his batting is hardly an issue.

He also adds that a captain is only ever as good as the players in his team, fully supporting Misbah as he tries to lead Pakistan to a second consecutive Asia Cup success in Bangladesh.

After opening their campaign against Sri Lanka, Pakistan also play Afghanistan (27th February), India (2nd March) and hosts Bangladesh (4th March).

They have won the Asia Cup twice before - in 2000 as well as in 2012 and made the final on one other occasion, back in 1986 when the competition was held for the second time.

Mushtaq Mohammad captained Pakistan between 1978 and 1979, scoring 35,562 runs ad taking 984 wickets in first-class and one-day cricket.

Three of his brothers, Hanif, Sadiq and Wazir, also played Test cricket for Pakistan while a fourth brother, Raees, played 30 times at first-class level.

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