Pakistani players competed with tired bodies and minds: Misbah – cricket

Pakistan’s head coach Misbah-ul-Haq is not disappointed with his team’s performance in the ongoing tournament in New Zealand, saying his players competed with tired bodies and minds.

Pakistan lost the T20 series before losing in 101 tests in the first test.

“People need to understand that we are going through a very difficult time in New Zealand. After 14 days of total quarantine for the players to continue performing, as they did in the T20 series and Test match with tired bodies and mentality “, Misbah said in an interview.

“There are a lot of positive aspects for us in this tournament.”

The former captain stressed that it was very difficult for the players to remain in total quarantine, where they could not even train properly.

“But the players put all this behind them and had only six days to prepare for the T20 series, including travel and all. I think we performed competitively in the T20 series and if not for some mistakes at crucial moments, such as our field and the failure of the top order, we could have even won the T20 series “, said Misbah.

He said the injury problems of Babar Azam, Imam-haq, and Shadab Khan hit the team, but remained competitive.

“The plus points were Rizwan’s performance in the way he took responsibility even as captain and batsman. The way Fawad Alam came forward and played so well and the way Faheem Ashraf came back strong. All this is positive for us. ”

Misbah said he was happy that the team remained competitive and resilient throughout the first test and, unfortunately, lost the match in the final session, with a few overs for the final.

“If you remember we were close to winning a test in England and now we lost the first test in New Zealand, I think it’s a matter of time before we can start winning consistently.”

Misbah said the emergence of young players was a big plus for the Pakistani cricket and that they will all improve with exposure and care.

“Players like Abdullah Shafiq, Haider, Khushdil, Hasnain, Haris Rauf etc. there are a lot of them, and some have already performed well, but they will only improve over time. ”