Perth, March 6: Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, who will retire from One-Day Intertiols (ODIs) post the World Cup, hopes his retirement will bring in a new era for Pakistan cricket in which a young leader will be chosen and given the responsibility to carry it forward.
“It’s the time for Pakistan to look forward. If you are going to give captaincy to a youngster, he needs some time to develop a team and develop himself as a captain,” Misbah was quoted as saying by espncricinfo on Friday.
“I would really appreciate if the board shows confidence in someone for a long time. That can build stability in your team. It’s time to change and put some responsibility on the shoulders of these youngsters.”
Misbah has faced severe criticism for his captaincy in the quadrennial event, but only he has been a bright spark in the wobbly batting line up. He thus believes that if one is satisfied with his performance he need not listen to other people’s words.
“You don’t play the game because you want appreciation from people or you want somebody to speak highly (of you). It’s the passion, you love the game,” he said.
“You should know in yourself what you are doing right and wrong. If you are really satisfied you are on the right path, you don’t have to listen to the people.”
The 40-year-old did not, however, mention if former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar’s accusations that he was “cowardly” and “selfish” were weighing on him. But he said he would continue playing whole-heartedly for his country.
“There is no need to react to that. I am focusing on what we are doing here. It’s really important for us that we stay calm and focussed. Whatever is happening in media, just leave it behind,” Misbah said. “Pakistan needs us here.” IANS