Misbahul Haq’s latest interview has ruffled a
few feathers. The reason is the interviewer was none other than Pakistan Cricket Board’s chief Najam Sethi.
In his programme ‘Aapas ki Baat’ on Pakistan’s popular TV channel Geo News, Najam Sethi invited Misbah as a guest to put some light on the team’s recent defeat against South Africa.
It would have been a great interview had Sethi not held dual posts – the programme’s host and PCB chief. Misbah answered question posed by Sethi and co-host Munib Farooq, and rejected his critic’s claims. Misbah said Pakistan batsmen had lost confidence due to consistent losses, and once the team started winning matches, the scenario would make a U-turn.
Pakistan Test and ODI captain said the team beat Sri Lanka, England, West Indies and India at different venues after 2011, and that that it was only after 2013 that Pakistan were finding it difficult to carve out a victory. He said the team management was trying its bets to bring Pakistan out of this crisis, and the time was not too far when the same players would start performing.
Misbah told his critics to look at his individual score, which was more than any player in the world this year. And as for strike rate, it was almost the same as usual, that is 70 to 80, he added.
He said if the first three players lose their wickets on just 10 runs then he had to play according to the situation. He said even if he managed to stretch the score to 230, the team bowls out at 235. He said the team’s condition was so worse that it could not stand in a Twenty20 match, let alone an ODI match. He said other batsmen had to understand their responsibility.
The lengthy interview has its own class, but it has been under criticism for Sethi’s dual roles.