Lahore: PCB chairman Shahryar Khan has advised Misbah and Younus to forget retirement and continue playing.
According to details, PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan, being delighted on Pakistan’s performance at the Oval said “We will soon decide to reward the Test team for their good performance at England, I am concerned about Hafeez whose performance is still under question, he is not yet prepared to go for the Bio-mechanic test and therefore will continue playing as a batsman for the One-Day matches. We are trying hard to rehabilitate International cricket, Afghanistan and Ireland have shown their consent whereas we are not hopeful for India but it is quite likely we might be able to convince Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. In case we succeed in holding the PSL final in Pakistan it would be a great achievement.” He further said, the cricket committee will also consider the suggestion put forward for separating the departments and associations in domestic cricket.
Shaharyar Khan said, “The spirit of real cricket lies in Test matches and the performance in such a format counts a lot. The team gave an excellent gift to the nation on its Independence Day. Such a good performance is indeed a very positive reply after the 2010 spot-fixing scandal, a victory on such an important day has boosted both the team and the nation’s moral.”
While responding to a question the Board’s chairman said “ Misbah-ul-Haq and Younus Khan are important cricketers and strong pillars of Pakistan’s batting, the senior batsmen was declared as the ‘Man of the Match’ while the captain as ‘Man of the Series’ at the Oval, both of them are the most fit cricketers of Pakistan and have the potential to perform well for their country. We will desperately require experienced players for the upcoming series against West Indies, New Zealand and Australia as its going to be a tough one.”
Shaharyar Khan said “Misbah and Younus must get rid of the idea of getting retirement, age doesn’t matter if the batsman is fit even Jack Hobbs after the age of 40 scored many centuries. He said we are in the process of rehabilitating international cricket and it will be a big achievement if the PSL final is played in Pakistan. We are also working hard on developing our domestic cricket and like the Tests we will also improve our performance in One-Day and Twenty20’s.”