For Misbah, runs are just 'around the corner'

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 26, 2012 08:10 hrs

Pakistan's Test and ODI captain Misbah-ul-Haq has said that runs 'were around the corner' for him in the domestic tournament.

Misbah, 38, who has been one of the most consistent performers for Pakistan in recent times, has been unable to register a half-century in six innings of the President's Trophy.

He began the domestic event in the worst manner, bagging a pair and has managed a mediocre tally of 102 runs at an average of 17 for SNGPL, reports The Express Tribune.

However, Misbah said he was confident of contributing when the tournament resumes after the Eid break.

"There are a lot of matches remaining in the season. I'm not going to panic as I'm confident runs are around the corner for me," Misbah was quoted, as saying.

Misbah also appreciated the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) decision to use Kookaburra balls in domestic cricket, stating that it would help players to adjust when they feature at the international level. The PCB's decision followed complaints from various players of the sub-standard balls being used at the President's Trophy.

"I feel the decision of using Kookaburra balls will at least help in decreasing the gap between domestic and international cricket. Both bowlers and batsmen will get a fair idea of how the ball behaves," he said.

Misbah also urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) and teams to help Pakistan in reviving top-flight international cricket in the country as it was really mentally draining to play away from home all the time.

"Pakistan has the second-largest fan-base and is one of the top Test-playing nations. All the other teams should now help us bring back international cricket as our performances also gets affected because of being away from out families all the time. Every top team is playing at home and it has many advantages," Misbah said.

Commenting on the Pakistan Premier League (PPL), he said: "Top players around the world should come and play in Pakistan's T20 league because our players have been an integral part of almost all the foreign leagues. PCB allowed its players to take part in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and it's time for them to reciprocate." (ANI)

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