Misbah-ul-Haq defended the selection of Sharjeel Khan and so, here is a look at what Pakistan’s head coach had to say while talking to media.
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Misbah-ul-Haq Defends The Selection Of Comeback Boy Sharjeel Khan
Defending the selection of Sharjeel Khan, Misbah said, “There is a law that allows players to play after serving punishment.”
It is also worth mentioning here that critics off-late have blasted the selection committee for selecting a tainted player on one hand and for compromising the selection standards by picking an over weight Sharjeel Khan on the other. While addressing the concerns then Misbah further said, “We are not bringing the standards of fitness down. We have had detailed discussions about it with all trainers and National High-performance center coaches. Certain targets to players can be customized, such as whether they are overweight, their fat level, endurance level – we will simplify it but we will not lower the standards. We will look at ground fitness and match fitness. It’s not like if before we had a benchmark of 18 in the yo-yo test that we will bring it down to 15 or 14. That’s not happening.”
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Pakistan’s Batting Ready For The T20 World Cup
Talking about Pakistan’s preparations for the T20 World Cup Misbah said, “Your nucleus is important in T20I cricket….and about seven-eight players that we have are almost the same wherever we play. Even in a 15-man squad, about 10-12 players remain the same. The batting nucleus remains the same, with only one-two changes in terms of form. This team, and the overall line-up of our T20 batting looks settled. Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Haider Ali, these form the core of our side. In terms of players, we are very much clear about where we are going to be come the World Cup.”