Former legendary Pakistan's cricketer Javed Miandad reckons that the weak domestic cricket in their nation is responsible for the fact that they are not able to find a replacement for 42-year-old Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq.
Considering Pakistan's cricketing history, Misbah is Pakistan’s most successful Test skipper with 24 wins in 53 Tests, while losing only 18 and 11 resulted in a draw. However, those defeats include the two whitewash the team has faced recently, one against Australia (3-0) and New Zealand (2-0).
From past few years, Misbah had been Pakistan’s batting spearhead but considering his last six test innings he has scores like 4, 5, 11, 0, 18 and 38 in Australia and that might lead to his exit from international cricket.
Talking to The Associated Press on Saturday about Misbah, Miandad said, “The problem is we don’t have anyone to replace Misbah. This shows how weak our cricketing structure is. Everywhere in the world, there’s a system in place and players come and go, but unfortunately, we didn’t adopt any such system. Why are we now asking Misbah to leave? Have we prepared any replacement for him? Unfortunately, the answer is no and now it’s entire up to Misbah to decide himself when he wants to quit.”
However, when Pakistan lost the Melbourne Test, there were some rumors of the retirement of Misbah even before the third Test. Commenting on that, Miandad said, “That’s the unfortunate part of Pakistan cricket. Misbah knows it very well that there’s nobody who could lead the Test side and that’s why he has not yet made up his mind.”
Miandad concluded by sharing the skill needed to play in Australian conditions. He said, “I am sorry to say but we don’t have players of such caliber. Playing aggressive cricket is the key to success in Australia and we were too defensive in our approach in batting, bowling, and fielding.”