Pakistan team’s Chief Coach and chairman national selection committee, Misbah ul Haq said on Tuesday the year 2019 was a year of mixed on-field performances for the Pakistan national men’s team.
They strengthened the claim of Karachi’s National Stadium being the national side’s fortress in test cricket with a win against Sri Lanka to register their first World Test Championship win, but struggled on away tours failing to win in South Africa and Australia.
They won four consecutive group-stage contests in the ICC Cricket World Cup and fell just short of qualifying for the semi-finals on the basis of the net run-rate. They beat Sri Lanka 2-0 at home in their last ODI assignment, but series defeats to Australia and England put a dent in their win/loss ratio.
Pakistan remained number one in T20Is throughout the year. They were beaten 2-1 by South Africa in an away series, which were followed by series losses to England, Sri Lanka and Australia.
The PCB appointed Misbah-ul-Haq as the chief selector and head coach after the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019.
Recapping 2019, Misbah-ul-Haq said here:”Pakistan ended 2019 on a high note with victory against Sri Lanka,but,overall,it was a tough year for Pakistan in Test cricket”.
Misbah said, Going further we have to improve a lot of things in both red-ball and white-ball cricket. This team has enough potential and new boys are also making their way in international cricket. There’s certainly a bright future ahead for us.
Misbah said retaining number one position in T20Is was a big positive. No doubt, we did not perform up to the set standards,but this is something we look to build on.
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