Sports: Cricket: Misbah refuses to take responsibility of ODI debacle

Karachi: Pakistan’s Test and ODI skipper Misbah-ul-Haq refused to take the responsibility of Pakistan’s below par showings against South Africa in the ODI series in UAE.

“I did what I could and cricket is a team game not a one-man-show, most of the must perform for good results,” the skipper told reporters after returning from UAE.

“The players have continuously been selected even when they are consistently been underperforming. There is little I could do about that,” he added.

“I have been playing my part well and have been scoring but if others were failing regularly than what I could do,” he added.

The aging 40-year-old player said that the batsmen both seniors and juniors were not delivering.

The Protease has thrashed Pakistan 4-1 in the five-match ODI series after the two-match Test series drew 1-1.

However, former pacer Shoaib Akhtar criticized Misbah for lack of aggression and said that the skipper didn’t have the ingredient to lead the team from the front as legendary Imran Khan had.

“He (Misbah) comes down the order because the condition suits him so that he could score some runs and could avoid direct criticism. The team doesn’t need his fifties or sixties when it could not win matches for the country,” the out-spoken Shoaib said.

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