Pakistan players return home from BPL with bitter memories

Foremost among them is Pakistan’s test captain Misbah-ul-Haq who was sidelined by the Rangpur Riders management for his team’s last seven matches while preference was given to other foreign signings including Afghanistan’s little known Muhammad Nabi.

Misbah Ul Haqwas sidelined by the Rangpur Riders in their last seven matches.   -  Reuters

Many of the Pakistani players who went to Bangladesh to appear in the Bangladesh Premier League return home with bitter memories and unhappy at being sidelined by the team owners and management.

Foremost among them is Pakistan’s test captain Misbah-ul-Haq who was sidelined by the Rangpur Riders management for his team’s last seven matches while preference was given to other foreign signings including Afghanistan’s little known Muhammad Nabi.

“I can’t say much on this but I guess the team owners and coaches know what is required. But it is not easy sitting on the bench for so long,” Misbah said just before his team’s knockout game on Sunday night.

Misbah clearly looked upset at his continued exclusion even for the knockout match against Barissal Bulls. His omission has surprised many in the Pakistan cricket circles while others like Kamran Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Akmal and Wahab Riaz have also returned home not happy at being given the cold shoulder treatment.