Misbah offers to play Twenty20 again

LAHORE - Pakistan Test and ODI captain Misbahul Haq has said that he is ready to play Twenty20 format again.
Talking to the reporters here at the Gaddafi Stadium on Monday after the first semi-final between SNGPL and PIA, Misbah said: “If Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the team management feel it, then I am available for the brief format cricket.”
Misbah was of the view that he had left T20 cricket for the promotion of young cricketers but the offer seemed not to come from his heart. “Still, I do not want myself to be dragged more in the field of Twenty20 cricket.”
While talking to media on his return from South Africa at the airport, Misbah urged upon the need for giving support to the team instead of subjecting it to bitter criticism on mere losing a match and added that the team was beset with a weak batting line, which required some changes in the team.
“I am happy over winning the series in South Africa. Thought the team has some problems with the batting but hopes lie with the new comers, but the overall performance of the team was not satisfactory,” he added.
He said hard work required for improving the batting of the players and the appointment of a batting coach would be very beneficial for the team. “Batting coach can be beneficial for the team because it is a constant problem for us for the last 2 to 3 years and we have to seriously start thinking about it.”
Misbah said that the changes required in the team were evident to all as when the changes would be made, it would be visible to everyone. “We were under heavy pressure after losing the Dubai series, yet we strived hard to win the series against South Africa on their home ground after 20 years,” he concluded.
Ajmal on this occasion said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka matches had always been very contesting and vowed to give his hundred percent in the upcoming matches also. He wished that the team on the whole would give the best of its performances.
Ahmad Shahzad, Nasir Jamshed, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Akmal and others returned from South Africa along with the captain Misbah here.

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