PSL 5 knockout stage should be played: Misbah-ul-Haq


Lahore: Pakistan head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq thinks that the remaining matches of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season five should be held.

Misbah, who coached Islamabad United in PSL 5 believes that the stakeholders have to decide the fate of the tournament’s knockout stage,however, the winner should be decided instead of awarding it to the table-toppers Multan Sultans.

“The tournament winner must be decided and remaining matches should be played but PCB has to take the final decision,” Misbah said in a video conference with reporters.

The 45-year-old appreciated the quality of PSL pitches and hailed the young talent that got highlighted during the whole PSL.

“Pitches were right up the mark, we witnessed big scores throughout the tournament. Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Dilbar Hussain, Azam Khan, Akif Hussain emerged as a bright talent from the competition,” he added.

Misbah also said that they are in contact with the players and are guiding them on how to train in this difficult situation that occurred due to coronavirus pandemic that has led to complete isolation for the cricketers.

“It’s a difficult time for all of us but we have to adjust according to the situation and we have to move forward. We are in touch with the players and guiding them on how to stay mentally and physically fit as they can train with their bodyweight too,” he maintained.

Misbah has no regrets regarding Islamabad United’s performance, who finished at the bottom of the points table, in PSL 5.

“I am not disappointed that I decided to coach United as we played good cricket overall. We were in the contention for qualifying till the last game, we had rain interruptions, one match was decided on DLS method but if all these things would have gone in our way, critics might not be saying things about our side that they are now,” he added.

Commenting on Karachi Kings’ explosive opener Sharjeel Khan, Misbah was not satisfied with his fitness and emphasized that he has to work on fitness.