Malik and Hafeez in Misbah's plan for T20 World Cup

Veteran Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez. (AFP)
Veteran Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez. (AFP)

Lahore - "When some players return things will improve and we need to work on it," Misbah said


Published: Mon 15 Feb 2021, 6:10 PM

Last updated: Mon 15 Feb 2021, 6:23 PM

Head coach Misbah-ul-Haq believes that Pakistan batsmen need to improve their play against spin if they are to do well at this year's World T20 Cup in India.

Talking to the media after winning the T20 series against South Africa on Sunday night, Misbah noted that pitches at this time of the year had been a bit different than usual in Pakistan perhaps because of the weather conditions.

"I think batsmen from both sides struggled in this series also because the spinners bowled well. But yes our batting against spin is something we need to look at and improve as even we can see the errors," he said.

"The fact is we are not playing spin well and if we are to do well in India where the World Cup is to be held we have to learn to play spin better and improve the way we play spinners."

Misbah also hinted at having seniors like Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez in his plans for the T20 World Cup.

"When some players return things will improve and we need to work on it," Misbah said, indicating that Malik and Hafeez who missed the South Africa series, would return to the team.

Misbah said that he was happy to see debutant leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood doing well.

"I think he bowled very well and he is a good addition to our pool of players. It is good to see we have a bunch of good spinners who are wicket-taking options for us specially in T20s and this will help in India, he said.

The former captain said he had no insecurities about his job or position whether the board retains him or not is not in his control.

"I don't take stress because of these things. What is in our control is how we perform on the field and that we keep following our best procedures and training schedules and preparation."

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