Check captain Misbah-ul-Haq mentioned in his weblog for cricket.com.au that he was supplied captaincy in a clerk’s workplace on the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) headquarters in Lahore.
Within the aftermath of the notorious 2010 spot-fixing scandal that noticed one of many nation’s three “finest” cricketers banned from the sport, the then PCB chairman Ijaz Butt organized a secret assembly with the 42-year-old to supply him the captaincy position since “he didn’t have many options”.
“The chairman wanted to keep the meeting confidential and as it has been reported in the media recently it was arranged in a clerk’s room where I was offered the captaincy. I kept it a secret too and, owing to the state of affairs at that time, did not share it even with my family,” Misbah wrote.
On the time, Pakistan have been ranked quantity six in Exams, however in six years time they topped the desk for which the present Check captain is credited by specialists and followers alike.
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“I knew handling the team in these circumstances would be a massive challenge but the thought in my mind was that if the Almighty had given me the opportunity to lead the team, He would assist me to make it a better unit, too.”
Misbah reminisces his deputy Azhar Ali dancing down the wicket and smoking Moeen Ali into the stands, finishing Pakistan’s 10-wicket win over England at The Oval and within the course of leveling the four-match Check sequence.
“I’m glad that we fought nicely and made it a giant event for the folks of our nation. The opportunity of changing into the primary group for the primary time additionally added to our vitality.
Misbah took reigns of Pakistan’s captaincy after 2010 spot-fixing scandal. — Reuters
“It’s a large achievement to be at high of the world. It is rather like successful a World Cup on your group, due to this fact everybody within the group needed to the touch the summit regardless of whether or not it was for a day or per week or a month.
“The number one tag was in the minds of all the players and it motivated us a lot.”
Nevertheless, the legendary skipper, who boasts 22 Check wins — essentially the most by any Pakistani captain, phrases 3-Zero sequence win over England in 2012 as his greatest.
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“For me the most important sequence win in these six years for us was clear sweeping England 3-Zero within the UAE in 2012. The sequence had a variety of hype and England was primary group at the moment.
“Winning that series 3-0 instilled a lot of belief in us and added a lot to our fighting spirits.”
Two weeks in the past when Mike Atherton requested Misbah about his future, Misbah informed the previous English captain that the group has given him a lot that he desires to proceed to play until he can.
“The standout feature of this team is its fighting spirit; we made comebacks in the situations where many teams would have failed to cope with the pressure. Not only we have performed but we have improved with every new series,” he mentioned.
Misbah termed The Oval Check to be an essential match for him because it was his final contest in England and he needed to “go out on a high”.
It’s price mentioning that in his 15-year-long Check profession, Misbah had not performed a single Check in England earlier than the lately concluded tour.
“In hindsight, a fifth Test would have been wonderful for the series. I even jokingly suggested to Alastair Cook that we play a decider, to which he said, ‘You must be wanting it at Lord’s or The Oval?’, and my response was, ‘No, we can beat you at Old Trafford and Edgbaston, too’.”