Misbah ‘extremely proud’ over Pak Test captaincy

Islamabad: Misbah-ul-Haq has said that he is delighted over his appointment as the captain of the Pakistan Test team for the forthcoming series against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

"I`m absolutely delighted, it`s a fantastic moment for me and I am extremely proud of the honour that has been bestowed upon me," PakPassion.net quoted Misbah, as saying.

The 36-year-old said that he would not be under too much pressure, and feels that his personal performance will help him deliver as captain.

"Personal performance is important. If I am playing well and scoring runs, then the captaincy should not present a problem to me," Misbah said.

"Captaincy is not easy in any format of the game, or at any level, but my most pressing concern is to perform well for the team," he added.

He further said that the tactics that he would adopt would be according to the match situation, rather than an all out attacking approach.

"My style of captaincy and approach will depend upon the match situation. South Africa is a very good side, and it will be a series where I will have to have my wits about me. A good captain knows when to attack and when to defend, it`s almost like a sixth sense," Misbah said.

"He has to have that gut feeling on what he thinks may happen as a result of a bowling change, and have the knack of combining defence with attack, and to know when defence is the best form of attack," he added.