England tour an uphill task without Misbah


London: Former English captain and current analyst Geoffrey Boycott has warned Pakistan team that playing against England without Misbah is not going to be an easy task. It would be difficult for the visiting batsmen to face James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

In one of the interviews given by Geoffrey Boycott he said that Pakistan has recently defeated England in the test series but lost in the ODI. Now after a long gap since 2010 due to the fixing scandal issue, It would be Pakistan’s first tour to England by the end of next year and once again Pakistan team would be haunted by the corruption scandal. Geoffrey Boycott says that after this scandal, Pakistani players have shown a marked improvement in their attitudes and have kept themselves well in control. He said, the captain plays a pivotal role in setting the team’s tone and Pakistan has an excellent captain in the shape of Misbah. If he visits England next year it would be necessary for him to stay calm and cool and in case he doesn’t come, it might be a great challenge for PCB to find a suitable captain.

Boycott said it would be a tough task for Pakistani batting line to play in the English environment where they’ll be facing fast bowlers like Stuart Broad, James Anderson and others and the ball here has a tendency to swing in the air and I have watched Pakistani players finding difficulty in facing swing bowling in UAE matches. He said I had met Younus Khan in Yorkshire he is a very pleasant and amazing batsman. While commenting on Miandad and Younus Khan, he said I broke Garry Sobers record in scoring maximum runs, Sunil Gavaskar broke my record which didn’t stay with him either, so this doesn’t mean I am a bigger player than Garry Sobers, therefore you cannot compare players based on the number of runs scored. Regarding his comments on players involved in fixing, he said though I wanted to see the players out of cricket for a longer time but since they have completed their term I think they should be given a second chance to play. No hurdles should be created in Aamir’s way but I do have a message for him,” In case if you do something wrong this time, you should forget cricket for your whole life.”