Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has said he is not “desperate” to lead Pakistan in one-day competition, but is content to stay at the limited-overs helm as the PCB ponder their options.
With Shahid Afridi removed from the one-day captaincy in the wake of an alleged fallout with coach Waqar Younis, Misbah was named ODI captain for the recent series against Ireland in Belfast, which the tourists won two-nil.
Afridi has since quit international cricket entirely, and with former captain Younis Khan not keen on a reappointment, Misbah’s short-term tenure across the Ireland series is likely to be extended.
“The decision on who captains the one-day side in future is the PCB’s, of course,” Misbah told Pakpassion.net.
“They asked me to lead the team in Ireland and I was happy to do that. I’m not desperate to be one-day captain, but if the board wish for me to skipper the one-day side then I will do so.”
Misbah took over the Test reins toward the end of 2010 on the back of Salman Butt’s suspension for alleged match-fixing and has proceeded to lead Pakistan to series draws with South African and the West Indies and a win over New Zealand.
“I’ve always made my intentions and priorities very clear and that is to play well for Pakistan, irrespective of whether I am captain or not,” he added.
“If someone else is captain then that is not an issue for me, I will play under anyone as skipper and am not anxious to lead the team.”
The 37-year-old veteran praised the emergence of seamer Junaid Khan, who enjoyed a breakthrough series against the Irish.
The 21-year-old left-armer landed a Man of the Match four-for in the series opener and followed that up with two key scalps as the visiting side clinched a series triumph on Monday. He bowled with aggression and pace in an attack depleted by the absence of fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif, who have also been sidelined by their alleged role in the match-fixing saga that marred the tour of England last year.
“Junaid has started his international career really well. He has a good attitude and works very hard on every aspect of his game. Junaid’s a good team man, very positive and focused and the more he international cricket he plays, the more confidence he will gain,” added Misbah. Cricket365