Shoaib Akhtar Movie Score: five / 5
Shoaib Akhtar did not like the decision of the Pakistani selection committee to name Nasir Jamshed as the replacement for the injured Mohammad Hafeez in the World Cup squad.
According to Akhtar, Shoaib Malik should have got the nod ahead of Jamshed because of his experience of playing on bouncy pitches in the past.
Jamshed is a lot younger as compared to Malik and he has played most of his cricket in subcontinent only.
But, because of the fact that he would form a left-right pair with Ahmed Shehzad at the top of the order, the selectors got him in.
The captain of the Pakistan Cricket Team, Misbah-ul-Haq is not going to play the limited-over formats of the game following the upcoming World Cup.
The 40-year old right hander would keep representing Pakistan in 5-day Cricket however.
There have been concerns over Misbah’s form in the recent times. He has not been scoring too many runs. He had even dropped himself on one occasion last year to give the other young batsmen in the team a look in.
He then occupied his place again in the games versus Black Caps, but, was forced out by a hammy injury.
Shoaib Akhtar has credited the Pakistani captain Misbah-ul-Haq for the turnaround in team’s game over the last couple of months. Akhtar says he had a chat with Misbah a few weeks back and he had told him just to play some brave cricket out there.
Pakistan was right down at the mat after losing three One Day Internationals on the trot against a young Australian side which was playing without their regular captain Michael Clarke.
Especially, the last ODI that Pakistan lost was totally embarrassing. They couldn’t score two off a part time off spinner in the last over.
There was complete chaos in the Pakistani changing room after that. The stand in captain Shahid Afridi returned back home and made some controversial statements.
Nobody knew who would lead Pakistan into the forthcoming World Cup, but, Misbah steadied himself amidst all that uncertainty and led by example in the test series against Australia and now, he is doing the same in the series against New Zealand too.
After whitewashing the Kangaroos, the Pakistanis are now leading 1-0 against the Kiwis and according to Akhtar, the captain deserves the credit for that.
Speaking to a website the other day, Akhtar said, “You always need your captain to be in form because if he is in form he can keep the other players on their toes and that’s what Misbah seems to be doing now. He has runs behind him and he is captaining more confidently.”
In the second test match against Australia, Misbah scored a hundred in just 57 balls in the second innings. By doing so, he equalled the record of one of the greats of all time i.e. Sir Vivian Richards.
Misbah, in total, got two centuries in that Australia series.