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Misbah-ul-Haq hits back at Ian Chappell

By Rashmi Nanda -
Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq hit back at the former Australia cricket Ian Chappell, who recently made some unkind comments on the Pakistan Cricket Team when they were whitewashed by the Aussies recently.

Chappell had commented that Pakistan should not be invited to Australia at all as they had lost their last 12 Tests on Australian soil. Ian had stated, “Pakistan have now lost 12 Test matches on the trot in Australia, and somebody’s got to give them a kick up the bum. Cricket Australia have got to start saying ‘listen if things don’t improve we will stop with the invites’. You can’t continue to [play poor] cricket. You can’t bowl poorly, have conservative field placings and field sloppily and expect to play decent cricket in Australia,” 

Hitting back at the harsh comments of Chappell, Misbah told cricket.com.au, “The comments do not make any sense or suit a cricketer of his stature. Australia themselves have been on the losing side in the recent away tours. They were clean swept by a Sri Lanka side that did not have Mahela Jayawardena or Kumar Sangakkara and some of their players didn’t even have 10 Tests to their names,”

He further stated, “Then Australia lost the one-day international series 0-5 in South Africa. In the recent past, they have been whitewashed by us in the UAE and in India. If we apply Chappell’s comments to Australia, does that mean if they continue to get whitewashed on the subcontinent on a regular basis then they should also not travel there? And if Australia does not travel to Asia or the Asian teams do no travel to Australia then how are they going to improve?”

With the poor run in the Tests in New Zealand and Australia, there have been rumors that Misbah is thinking of retire from Test cricket. But the veteran clearly said that currently, he is only focusing on the Pakistan Super League. Once the PSL is completed, he will decide about his international career. The skipper conceded, “I want to spend some time at home and then play in the PSL. I will then analyze how much passion for cricket I have left in me and whether I can play on… The PSL will be important for me in making a decision on my international future,”