World Cup: Misbah encourages team not to give up


BRISBANE: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has encouraged his team not to give up ahead of their crucial match of the World Cup against Zimbabwe, ARY Sports reports on Saturday.

According to media reports, Misbah-ul-Haq has stated that the team has to work hard and try to win the upcoming matches.

The Pakistan team captain further stated that the side is also trying to forget the losses to India and West Indies along with the off-field controversies involving the players and Chief Selector Moin Khan.

It should be noted that Pakistan is on the brink of a do-or-die situation having lost to India and West Indies by 76 and 150 runs respectively.

Eight Pakistani players were fined for breaching a curfew while Moin Khan was called back to Pakistan for visiting a casino in Christchurch city of New Zealand.

He said that Pakistan had to change its tactics and strategies due to withdrawals of Mohammad Hafeez, Junaid Khan and Saeed Ajmal. He added that the side is performing with a different strategy.

Misbah-ul-Haq, while lashing out at the criticism of the team from home, by stating that people claim to support the team but in reality they don’t.

Pakistan side led by Imran Khan were also on the brink of elimination back in 1992 World Cup when they won only one out of their five matches but qualified for the knockout stage with the help of a single point.

The “cornered tigers” made a tremendous recovery in the tournament and defeated teams such as Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand to qualify for the final against England.

The green shirts clinched the title after winning against the English side by 22 runs.