Misbah better captain than Imran, says PCB chief

Shaharyar Khan is quite impressed by what Misbah-ul-Haq has achieved as a captain and has said that his statistics and victories were testament to his quality.

Misbah-ul-Haq will retire from all cricket after the Test series against West Indies.   -  AP

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has termed Misbah-ul-Haq a ‘better leader’ than World Cup-winning captain Imran Khan.

Shaharyar, who was appearing before the National Assembly Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination on Thursday, clarified that he was making the comparison simply on the basis of cricket and statistics and not on politics. “I said this on the basis of cricket. I have no political affiliation. I respect him as a player. I am not in politics. This is on the basis of statistics,” geo.tv quoted Shaharyar as saying.

The 83-year-old said that he was quite impressed by what Misbah has achieved as a captain and that his statistics and victories were testament to that. Regarded as one of the best-ever cricketers from Pakistan, Imran led the national team to 14 Test victories in the 48 matches he played as a captain. His team lost only eight matches and drew 26 games during his tenure as captain.

Meanwhile, Misbah, who will play his last Test on May 10, led the side in a total of 55 Test matches, winning 25, losing 18, and drawing 11 matches.

The captain also took Pakistan to the top of the ICC Test rankings for the first time in history. Its stint at the top was short-lived as India replaced it. Misbah has played 72 Test matches so far, scoring 4951 runs; he is currently seventh on the list of Pakistan’s highest Test run-getters.

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