Lahore: Most of the Pakistani players along with test captain Misbah-ul-Haq returned home from BPL carrying bitter memories. The main reason being they were ignored by the team owners and the management.
Pakistan test captain Misbaul Haq was one of those players who was asked to sit out by the Rangpur Riders management during last 7 matches, on the contrary various foreign cricketers including Afghanistan player Muhammad Nabi were given preference.
Misbah-ul-Haq said I cannot comment on this issue, the team owner and the coach must be knowing their requirement but it is not easy to stay out of the team for such a long period.
Misbah was extremely disappointed on staying out of the team during the knock out match against Barissal Bulls and his absence was felt in many circles.
Kamran Akmal, Saeed Ajmal Umar Akmal and Wahab Riaz were also perturbed on BPL’s behavior.
Kamran said I had already told the owner and management that I would like to open in BPL matches but I was not given a satisfactory reply after two initial matches.
He said I didn’t go there just to earn money but I wanted to give a good performance to gain the selectors attention.
Pakistan’s fast bowler Wahab Riaz had already decided during the BPL event to go home rather than waste time sitting in Dhaka.
Wahab Riaz who was representing Rangpur Riders said it was not so easy to be ignored in so many matches and it was difficult for Misbah also but he handled the situation very well.
Misbahul Haq while playing for Rangpur Riders scored 61 runs in 39 deliveries in the first match leading the team to victory.
Misbahul Haq played 5 matches in BPL and scored a total of 108 runs and Wahab Riaz was given a chance in one match in which he took a single wicket.
Kamran Akmal was given a chance to play 2 matches representing Chittagong Vikings in which he couldn’t perform well and scored 12 runs only. Umar Akmal took part in 5 matches and scored 89 runs, whereas Saeed Akmal got a chance to play 3 matches and he took 2 wickets.