Karachi: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has said that he intends to utilise the eight-week break before the next international series to plug the weaknesses of the team.
Pakistan's next tour is of Sri Lanka from late May, and since no player from Pakistan is participating in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL), most of them will get a hard-earned break. "This period is very valuable to us as we can utilise it to work on our weaknesses, physical fitness and other issues," Misbah told PTI on Sunday. "We have already identified the areas where we need to work on and improve. But due to our hectic schedule we never got a chance to work on them. Now this eight-week period is ideal for us to hold a camp and get down to work," he said.
The Pakistan captain was unable to lead his hometown side, Faisalabad Wolves, in the National Super Eights Twenty20 championship due to a viral infection. Misbah said he would soon be talking to the officials in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and new coach Dave Whatmore to plan out a training camp. "The Super Eights event has also thrown up some new talent and I think we can also look at them in this free period," Misbah said. He pointed out that Pakistan needed to plan ahead because of the demands of a hectic international calendar.
Misbah intends to utilise the eight-week break to plug the weaknesses of the team.
Misbah declined to comment on the issue of Pakistan's players not being part of the IPL. "It is their [India's] domestic event and we should just focus on improving our cricket or having our own Premier League," he said.