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Misbah not worried by loss of weight and runs

Pakistan team members were given a fitness schedule under the guidance of Mohammed Akram which led Misbah to shed 10kg weight.

By Sunil K. Vaidya (sports Editor)

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Published: Wed 22 Oct 2014, 1:54 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 7:11 PM

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq during the training session at the ICC Academy in Dubai on Tuesday.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq during the training session at the ICC Academy in Dubai.

Dubai: Misbah-ul-Haq’s weight seems to have become an issue, especially in Pakistan media, rather than his lack of runs in recent past, but the cool as a cucumber skipper is only looking at piling the runs to keep the Australians at an arm’s length.

Under the guidance of Mohammed Akram, chief coach at the National Cricket Academy in Pakistan, the Pakistan team members were given a fitness schedule under which Misbah shed 10-kg weight before the Sri Lanka series held last month. Since then his runs dried up and loss of weight was connected to his loss of form, which the Pakistan captain disagreed with.

Misbah had earlier denied that he was finding it difficult to time the ball due to lesser weight. However, the middle order batsman confessed that he had gained some weight in the last ten days but not as much as reported in the media back home. “I have gained about two to two and half-kg weight and not seven as reported,” he said in reply to a question during a media briefing on Tuesday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

“I am middling the ball well,” he said about his form. “I am satisfied to a great extent, form was good even before, and this gap, I got six seven days after the ODIs, gave me a chance to bat a lot in the nets for long time and I also got some throw downs so I am very confident and Insa’allah I will do better,” he enthused.

Australia’s pace bowler Peter Siddle had announced that they would target Misbah and Younis Khan, the two senior most members of the Test team, to counter Pakistan. When asked for his reaction, Misbah chuckled and said: “Obviously we know that the team is going to target us as senior players and as important members,”

“If we pass through that, we will try to do that, and that would be our target against them as well.” Misbah is not worried about the inexperienced Pakistan bowling attack. “For the A team they performed and proved that if you have the capability then you can do it.”

He believes that that the young players would want to show to the world what they can do. “That’s what they did to beat Australians in Sharjah,” he reminded.

In reply to a question, Misbah said that they would not like to target a particular Australian player or players. “In Tests you have to take 20 wickets, get everybody out,” he revealed his simple strategy with a wide grin.

sunilvaidya@khaleejtimes.com



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