Misbah-ul-Haq: Bangladesh’s refusal to play Tests unfair on Pakistan

“I don’t see the logic of wanting to come and play T20 matches but not the Test matches,” says the Pakistan head coach.

Misbah-ul-Haq: “Just when teams are starting to come here and play without any problems, Bangladesh is making lame excuses to avoid us in Tests.”   -  AP

Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq has lashed out at Bangladesh for refusing to come to Pakistan to play a two-Test series.

“I just don’t understand their refusal. I don’t see the logic of wanting to come and play T20 matches but not the Test matches. It is very unfair on Pakistan,” he said at a media briefing on Sunday.

The Bangladesh board’s top officials have been quoted this week in the media as saying they will not be playing Tests in Pakistan due to security concerns.

‘Lame excuse’

Misbah said it would be a huge disappointment for the Pakistani players if Bangladesh didn’t come in January, 2020. “I just think they are making a lame excuse to not come to Pakistan and if this happens it would be a huge injustice to Pakistan. Just when teams are starting to come here and play without any problems, Bangladesh is making lame excuses to avoid us in Tests,” said Misbah.

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Misbah feels Pakistan cricket had already suffered enough by not getting to play Test cricket and if Bangladesh didn’t come it meant the team’s next Test series would be in the summer of 2020 in England. “Then how can we blame our players if they don’t perform? It is never easy for any player to perform after not playing a format for four to five months at a stretch.”

‘Difficult times’

Misbah expressed satisfaction over his team’s performance in the Test series against Sri Lanka and admitted it had been a tough three months for him and his team. “We have been through difficult times and that is why this performance is good for us. Especially when we were bowled out for 191 on the first day to come back like this is pleasing. I thought our two openers played really well in the second innings [in the Karachi Test],” Misbah said.

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