Misbah-ul-Haq slams Ian Chappell for his “irresponsible and useless” statements

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Misbah-ul-Haq slams Ian Chappell for his “irresponsible and useless” statements

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SportsCafe Desk

01/14/2017

Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has hit back at former Australian skipper Ian Chappell for advising Australia to think twice before inviting Pakistan for a tour. Misbah said that every team goes through a bad patch at some point of time pointing out the bad tours the Aussies had in Asia.

After Pakistan were whitewashed 0-3 by Australia in the recently concluded three-match Test series, former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell criticized the visitors' performance by advising Cricket Australia(CA) not to invite Pakistan for another tour Down Under.

Following these comments from the Aussie, Pakistan's Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has hit back in a stern fashion.

"It is a very irresponsible and useless statement from him. Does it mean that Australia who have been whitewashed by a young team in Sri Lanka, in India and even in the UAE by Pakistan should not be invited to tour Asian countries," Misbah told BBC's Urdu website, on Saturday.

He further added: "I think he should first give some advice to his captain Steve Smith on how to avoid whitewashes in Asia and then worry about us. Every team faces problems outside their country.”

Misbah pointed out that the same Pakistan team has done well for the past few years and a bad phase was always imminent.

"One should not forget this team has been doing well for the last six years and every team has to lose or go through a bad patch sometime. It has happened to us, we have struggled in New Zealand and Australia. But it does not mean we don't have a good team or we have not performed well in the last few years," he said.

The Test skipper also said that some of the critics are bitter that Pakistan recently managed to reach top ranking in Tests. 

"I think there are those critics who are genuinely disappointed at our defeats in Australia and with my form. They care about our performances. But there are also some critics who were just not happy with our becoming the number one Test side and are now venting their anger on the team,” Misbah said.

The 42-year old also spoke about his retirement, expressing his wish to bow out while at the top of his game.

"I have two months to take a decision on my retirement. I had reacted emotionally because of the disappointment of losing the Melbourne Test but after a while I thought about it and also played the third Test in Sydney. One thing is for sure I want to go out gracefully and with good memories," he explained.

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