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

Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq is not disappointed with his team’s performance on the current New Zealand tour, saying his players were competing with tired body and minds .

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

“People have to understand that we have been through a very difficult time in New Zealand. After 14 days of total quarantine for the players to continue to perform as they did in the T20 series and the test match with a tired body and state of mind, ”Misbah said in an interview.

“There are a lot of positives for us on this tour.”

The former captain pointed out that it had been very difficult for the players to stay in total quarantine where they couldn’t even exercise properly.

“But the players put it all behind them and only had six days to prepare for the T20 series, including travel and everything. I think we played competitively in the T20 series and if it weren’t for some mistakes at crucial times like our lineup and top notch failure we could have even won the T20 series, ”said Misbah.

He said injury issues at Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan had also hit the team but they remained competitive.

“The bright spots were Rizwan’s performance, the way he handled his responsibilities even as captain and drummer. The way Fawad Alam came to the front and played so well and the way Faheem Ashraf came back with a force. These are all positive aspects for us.

Misbah said he was happy the team remained competitive and resilient throughout the first test and unfortunately lost the game in the final session with a few overs to go.

“If you remember we also almost won a test in England and now as we lost the first test in New Zealand I think it is only a matter of time before we can start winning steadily. .

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

“Players like Abdullah Shafiq, Haider, Khushdil, Hasnain, Haris Rauf, etc. are very good and some have already performed well but they will only get better with time.