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'Hope the objective of Cricket Committee meeting is not to grill someone' - Misbah-ul-Haq
Pakistan News

'Hope the objective of Cricket Committee meeting is not to grill someone' - Misbah-ul-Haq

Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq has cautioned against impatience as he has been summoned by the PCB Cricket Committee for a performance review on Tuesday.

Pakistan recently succumbed to a Test series whitewash in New Zealand, which was preceded by a 2-1 defeat in the T20I leg of the tour as well.

The underwhelming performances witnessed under Misbah's tenure have attracted fierce backlash from fans and the media, resulting in doubts cast over his future in the coaching capacity.

Amidst the rumours surrounding Misbah's possible exit from the national team set-up, the 46-year-old has played down the negative talk and reminded the objective of the Cricket Committee meeting was to assess the team's shortcomings.

“Series analysis is critical for the team's growth and the cricket board is in its right to go about this procedure,” Misbah told reporters at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

“It’s nothing out of the ordinary for me. I have presented the performance review to the Board of Governors recently as well.”

Misbah shed light on the importance of maintaining transparency and having the support of the PCB in continuing to execute his plans with the national side.

Misbah was himself a part of the PCB Cricket Committee, upon whose recommendations a coaching overhaul was instituted in the Mickey Arthur-headed backroom staff post-World Cup 2019.

“We must not have a communication gap. It is extremely crucial to have the board’s confidence behind you since you can’t have uncertainty because producing results is an endless process that takes time,” he said.

“We can’t make assumptions about what will happen. Obviously, they are there only to give report and recommendations. I hope [the upcoming meeting] is not to grill someone.

"I don't mind having to report to the Cricket Committee as it is part of my job and we are both here for a better future of Pakistan cricket.”

Misbah was keen to point out the lack of experience possessed by Pakistan's young line-up and suggested this was an aspect behind their unsuccessful run of late.

"These are all young players, they need our backing and more time to elevate their status. We must also accept that New Zealand were simply a better opposition than us who excelled in all three departments."

Pakistan's preparations ahead of the New Zealand series were plagued by positive Covid-19 tests and bio-security breaches, leading to a revocation of their training privileges. Additionally, they had to compete without star batsman Babar Azam throughout the tour.

Enunciating the damning effects brought by bio-secure bubble isolation, Misbah felt it was a worrying sign to continue to play cricket in such circumstances.

“The coronavirus pandemic is also a big factor in affecting the performances of players. It regresses them physically and mentally so we are worried how to continue in these circumstances,” he bemoaned.