Before the recently concluded Test series against Australia, two veteran Pakistani batsmen – Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan – were not sure about their future in international cricket. While Younis was upset with his contract being downgraded by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Misbah had a poor run with the bat and many believed it was time for him to hand over the captaincy to a much worthy candidate.
Ahmed Shehzad hit a career-best 176 while Younus Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq struck unbeaten centuries before Pakistan declared their first innings on 566 for three wickets in the first test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
Pakistan's flamboyant allrounder Shahid Afridi has said that the captaincy issue of the national one-day team for the World Cup should be laid to rest as Misbah-ul-haq was the best choice to lead the side in the mega event.
After helping Pakistan register their first Test series win over Australia in two decades, team coach Waqar Younis has revealed the keys to the success. He said that determination, dedication and discipline had helped them achieve the feat.
A lot of riches await the Pakistani players and officials when they return home in December with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif promising lucrative rewards following their historic Test series win over Australia.
Former PCB chairman and Pakistan's nominee for the post of International Cricket Council (ICC) President, Najam Sethi has disclosed how he had to take a firm stand to prevent Misbah-ul-Haq from being removed as captain this year.
India are all set to drop a rung to sixth in the ICC Test rankings, replaced by arch-rivals Pakistan in the fifth position after Misbah-ul-Haq's men took a 1-0 lead in the ongoing series against Australia here.