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Misbah in no mood to quit ODI captaincy

Press Trust Of India
Feb 29, 2012 at 11:57am IST

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Lahore: Critics might be calling for his head after Pakistan's mauling in the just-concluded limited overs matches against England in the UAE, but captain Misbah-ul-Haq said he is in no mood to quit his post.

Misbah said he was surprised to see such a hue and cry being made back home after just one bad series.

"I am surprised at these calls being made for changes in the team. People forget that this very team has been doing well for the last one year. One bad series does not mean you press the panic button," Misbah told reporters after returning home.

Misbah in no mood to quit ODI captaincy

Misbah said he was surprised to see such a hue and cry being made back home after just one bad series.

"It (the captaincy) is the board's decision, but I am not going to take any hasty decisions. I am fit and I am enjoying my game," he said about the calls being made for his ouster as Pakistan's ODI and Twenty20 skipper.

The suggestions were made after Pakistan were thrashed in both the ODI and Twenty20 series by England, but Misbah said England were the deserving winners in the limited overs series.

"We were on top in the Test series and won it handsomely because our bowlers were in top form. In the one-day series their bowlers came good. Both sides struggled in the batting department because of the slow nature of pitches on offer in Dubai and Abu Dhabi," Misbah observed.

He said he was against pressing the panic button just after one bad series.

"Yes, definitely we need to work on our weaknesses, especially our batting and I am sure we will come back strong in the Asia Cup," Misbah said.

"But I don't support big changes in the team because these players have been doing well for the country for the last one year."

The senior batsman also said that the expected appointment of Australian Dav Whatmore as Pakistan's head coach before the Asia Cup will have a good effect on the team.

"Whatmore has a great track record and he has done well with the Sri Lankan and Bangladesh teams in the past. So he comes with a strong background. He can do a lot with this team," Misbah said.

Meanwhile, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official has said that there would be no conditioning camp for the team before the Asia Cup and the players would be given a short break ahead of the tournament.

"They are no plans to hold a full fledged camp because already some of our players are playing in the Bangladesh Premier League," the PCB official said.

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