Misbah deserved PCB award for contribution to team's success, say former Pak players

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 18, 2013 06:01 hrs

Former Pakistan players have expressed disappointment over the fact that Misbah-ul-Haq's contribution to the national team's success was not acknowledged at the annual Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) awards ceremony held in Lahore last week.

While Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez walked with most of the awards, Misbah was ignored by the three-member committee formed to select the winners, reports The Dawn.

Former captain Rashid Latif said it was disappointing to see that Misbah, who is among Pakistan's most successful captains, was not acknowledged by the PCB. He added that the PCB has always overlooked Misbah's contribution to Pakistan cricket.

Former Test batsman Mohsin Khan also felt that grave injustice had been done by the PCB in not recognising Misbah's contribution to the team at the annual awards. He called it "sheer carelessness" on the PCB's part.

Khan said Misbah should have been given a special award as he has managed the team well and has kept the players together in tough times. He pointed out that in 2010 and 2011, Misbah shouldered the Pakistan batting on most occasions.

Another former captain Mushtaq Mohammad said Pakistan's Test and one-day teams still require someone like Misbah to lead them. He said Misbah brings a stable influence to the team.

Misbah, 38, took over as Pakistan captain soon after the nasty 'spot-fixing' scandal that emerged in England in August 2010 and has since led the country to several fine wins in Tests over England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. (ANI)

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