Head Coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq admitted that 2019 was a tough year for Pakistani cricket team despite ending the year on a high with a victory against Sri Lanka in the Test matches. Pakistan had few positive vibes from 2019 including the return of Test cricket to the country and some on and off performance during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 but overall the men in green were not at the top of their game.
“Pakistan ended 2019 on a high note with victory against Sri Lanka, but, overall, it was a tough year for Pakistan in Test cricket.” The coach continued, “In white-ball cricket, our mainstays like Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan, on the back of whom we had won the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, lost form at a crucial time which saw us suffer in the ODI World Cup and T20I format”.
Hailing Babar Azam as Pakistan’s top batsman, Misbah noted: “The emergence of Babar Azam as a mega star across all formats is very good news for Pakistan cricket. He remained number one in T20I cricket and is in the top ten batsmen in the ODI cricket.
”Losing the home T20I series against Sri Lanka was one of the ominous moments for Pakistan in 2019. Pakistan’s tour of Australia was another nightmare for the men in green. Misbah is hopeful that Pakistan will come back as a better team in 2020 and ICC T20 World Cup will be their main target.