Muhammad Asif Khan
KARACHI: On Pakistan’s impressive run of form the former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Najam Sethi has credited the trio of captain Misbah-ul-Haq, coach Waqar Younis and chief selector/manager, Moin Khan, adding that despite criticism he stuck to his plans for a purpose. “I chose Misbah and stood by him to eliminate the possibility of grouping in the team. I felt, Misbah was the only one who could unite the team”, said Najam Sethi, while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.
“He [Misbah] has weaknesses, he is probably not that aggressive but on the other hand he has all the ingredients required for a captain”, added the former PCB chairman.
On a question, Sethi said Waqar Younis and Moin Khan are equally responsible for this turn-around. He added, when it comes to drafting strategy, Misbah’s somewhat sedate attitude is compensated by Waqar Younis’s aggressive nature. “To made a fitting combination, a strong character like Waqar Younis was attached as coach, who could add a bit of aggressiveness to team strategy”, said Sethi, who has recently been chosen to take charge as the next ICC president.
Pakistan’s performance in Test matches has been superb lately. After white-washing Australia in the 2-match rubber, Pakistan have easily beaten the New Zealand in the first test match in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
“All in all it’s a combination of Misbah-ul-Haq, Waqar Younis and Moin Khan that is paying dividend”, concluded Najam Sethi
The writer is a sports journalist in Pakistan, heads the sports department at News One TV & tweets @mak_asif